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Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council
Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council

Our Board

The QAIHC Board oversees the work of the QAIHC Secretariat and taskforces, makes recommendations on issues concerning Membership and taskforce appointments, identifies and clarifies policy issues, and oversees the QAIHC Strategic Plan. The membership of the Board consists of:

Gail Wason

Chairperson - Elected

Gail is the Chief Executive Officer of Mulungu Primary Health Care Service in Mareeba. She has over 25 years’ experience in Aboriginal affairs and health, and an unwavering commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of her community.

Gail strives to ensure that the community has access to the full range of high quality, culturally appropriate primary health care services that empowers clients to fully participate in the management of their own health.

She has served as QAIHC’s Far North Queensland Director and Chairperson of QAIHC’s Finance Committee and has worked closely with the Board for many years.  

Suzanne Andrews

Deputy Chairperson - Elected

Suzanne is the Chief Executive Officer of Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service in Yarrabah. She has over 10 years’ experience in health and the community control sector and was previously on the QAIHC Board.

Suzanne is a member of Yarrabah Leaders Forum. Her current board positions include NATSIHA, Northern Queensland Primary Health Network and Mutkin Residential and Community Care Indigenous Corporation. She is also a member of the Queensland Ministerial Sexual Health Advisory Committee and member of the National Mental Health Service Planning Framework Committee.

Thalep Ahmat

Central Queensland Director

Thalep is the Chief Executive Officer of Bidgerdii Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service in Rockhampton. Driven by his passion to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Thalep has worked across a range of sectors including employment, local council, housing and health. Thalep has been a Board Member of St Ursula's College in Yeppoon since 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resource Management.

Gary White

South West Queensland Director

Gary is the founding Chairperson of Goondir Health Service a position he has held for 23 years. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Goolburri Regional Housing Company which he has held for 18 years. Gary is a current Committee Member of the Murrumba Aboriginal Housing Co Ltd in Dalby and has been an active member for Dalby and District since the early 80’s.

Dr Steve Hambleton

Independent Director

Dr Steve Hambleton is a specialist General Practitioner serving at Kedron in Brisbane. He is the former Federal Vice President and President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA). He became a member of the AMA’s Taskforce on Indigenous Health in 2005 and was Chair from 2009 to 2014. In 2015, Dr Hambleton was appointed as the Chair of the Primary Health Care Advisory Group to investigate options on how to provide better care for people with complex and chronic illnesses and is now on the Health Care Homes Implementation Advisory Group.

Dr Hambleton was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the RACGP in September 2014 and the AMA’s Gold Medal in May of 2015 for services to his profession.

His other achievements include:
• Board Member of Avant Mutual Group Limited
• Deputy Chair of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce
• Board Member of the Australasian Medical Publishing Company who publish The Medical Journal of Australia.