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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:

Matthew Cooke

Chairperson

Suzanne Andrews

Deputy Chairperson

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.

Paula Arnol

Far North Queensland Region Director

Paula has more than 20 years of experience in senior executive positions within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Comprehensive Primary Health Care. The majority of senior positions held has been as Chief Executive Officer in both an urban and very remote ATSICCHOs.

She has also held Director positions and responsibilities on CRC Tropical Health, CRC Aboriginal Health, NACCHO, Indigenous Health Equity Council (Federal Ministerial appointment) and NT ACCHO Peak Affiliate directorships. Paula has experience in governance and leadership within a community control framework, community engagement, policy advocacy, strategic planning and business development and implementation; providing extensive learnings and opportunities that assists her to maintain ongoing commitment and passion to seeing increased access and equity in consistent strong community owned primary health care services across Australia, in particular remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities.

James Cripps

North and North-West Region Director

James’ family and cultural connection is from the Palawa nation Cape Barren Island, Flinders Island, mainland Tasmania. James relocated to Mount Isa in 2013 and is currently employed with Queensland Health as a senior member of the team. James joined Gidgee Healing as a Board Director in 2019, bringing a wealth of experience in the prevention reduction of alcohol and other substance use in discrete, remote, rural and metropolitan Indigenous communities. 

Stevan Ober

Central Queensland Region Director

Stevan is the Chief Executive Officer of Galangoor Duwalami Primary Health Care Service in Fraser Coast. He has over 25 years’ experience in the Queensland Government, health and the community control sector.

Stevan is a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Advisory Council (Wide Bay Hospital Health Service), a member of the St Stephen’s Private Hospital Advisory Committee and a former member of the Statewide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alcohol and Drug Committee. He is also a current serving member of Marine Rescue Queensland (Hervey Bay squadron) and has been awarded the National Medal for Service from the Governor-General of Australia.

Sheryl Lawton

South and South-West Region Director

David Collins

South East Queensland Director