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The Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) Clinical Council provides the NQPHN Clinical Governance sub-committee of the Board with contemporary advice on local health needs and priorities ensuring that there is an appropriate evidence base to regional commissioning, specifically, planning and design of services, stakeholder engagement, and continuing development and refinement of the Health Needs Assessment (HNA).

The Clinical Council provides a critical overview of the NQPHN regions to ensure that overall investment is in line with the regional HNA.

The council acts in an advisory capacity to the NQPHN Clinical Governance Committee which has the delegated responsibility of the NQPHN Board.

Membership of the council is comprised of GPs, allied health professionals, mental health clinicians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals, community/practice nurses, and public health/health promotion representatives. They meet four times a year.

NQPHN Clinical Council members
Dr Lisa Fraser (Independent Chair)
Director, Practice Principal / General Practitioner, Gordonvale Family Medical Centre

Lisa was born in Brisbane and was the first in her family to go to university. She completed her science, research honours (molecular genetics of cancer) and medical degree at the University of Queens...

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Ms Melanie Dunstan
Nurse Practitioner, Ngak Min Health/True Relationships and Reproductive Health

Melanie Dunstan is a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner, Midwife, Diabetes Educator, Child Health Nurse, and Women’s Health Nurse who is passionate about improving health for disadvantaged Austral...

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Dr Bharat Gadhvi
GP, Redlynch Medical Centre

Bio coming soon

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Ms Caroline Giles
General Practice Liaison Officer, Mackay Hospital and Health Service

Caroline has worked in Healthcare for over 25 years across many organisations from private, not to profit to government positions. Caroline first started work as a scientist in private pathology an...

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Ms Julie Goodall
Podiatrist, Phoenix Podiatry Centre

Julie Goodall is the Owner of Phoenix Podiatry Centre in Townsville and works in the role of Clinical Research Coordinator (Podiatry} at Townsville Hospital and Health Service. Julie has worked in Pod...

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Ms Karalyn Huxhagen
Pharmacist, KH Pharmacy Consulting

Karalyn is a community pharmacist and an accredited consultant pharmacist. Karalyn performs locum services, medication reviews and delivers quality use of medication programs mainly in rural and regio...

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Mr Eamon Kelly
Physiotherapist, Active Physiotherapy Mackay

Bio coming soon

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Ms Tania Kelly
MHAOD Clinician and Nurse Practitioner

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Dr Jason King
Director of Clinical Services / Senior Medical Officer, Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service

Dr Jason King is a Primary Care Physician with a decade of experience working in remote Australia in the Kimberleys to Far North Queensland. He is a Yued Noongar man from the small community of Dandar...

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Shane MacDonald
Pharmacist, Townsville

Shane MacDonald is a community pharmacist, academic and researcher at James Cook University. Shane has managed community pharmacies in North Queensland for 7 years and currently works at James Cook Un...

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Ms Kath McFarlane
Advanced Public Health Officer, Sexual Health Services, Tropical Public Health Services

Kath McFarlane has worked in the field of health promotion for over 20 years and has completed a PhD focused on building health promotion and research capacity in an Aboriginal Community Controlled He...

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Mr Tom McMillan
Executive Director/Specialist Physiotherapist, Physio Plus

Tom McMillan is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with clinical, governance and management roles across the healthcare spectrum. He is the Executive Director of the Physio Plus Group which ...

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Ms Kath O'Brien
Registered Nurse / Practice Owner / Manager, South Side Medical

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Dr Chris Stelmaschuk
Practice Principal / Director / General Practitioner, North Shore General Practice

Dr Chris Stelmaschuk is an experienced General Practitioner who has a strong passion for improving the health of all North Queenslanders. He is Practice Principal and Director at North Shore General P...

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Ms Allison Wolf
School Based Youth Health Nurse, Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service

Bio coming soon.

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NQPHN Board representative
Dr Konrad Kangru
General Practitioner, Whitsunday Doctors Service Airlie Beach

Dr Konrad Kangru the NQPHN Board representative on the NQPHN Clinical Council. He is a general practitioner with a particular focus on primary care in rural and remote communities. He was the independ...

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07 June 2024