Board of Directors
Nick Loukas (Chairperson)
Nick Loukas is a local Pharmacist in Cairns. Finishing his schooling in Cairns and owning his first pharmacy at 22 years old in Mareeba. He then returned home to Cairns in 1995 where he owned a number of pharmacies in Cairns and Smithfield. He founded and developed the V Pharmacy and Alive Pharmacy Warehouse brands.
At present, Nick is the Director and Brand Manager of Alive Pharmacy Warehouse Group with business interests in Cooktown, Cairns, Townsville, and Gladstone. In 2011, Nick was invited to work with JCU as Chair of the Pharmacy Advisory Committee and continues to hold this position. He also has a Bachelor of Business and studied at Harvard Business School. Nick is a fellow of the Australian College of Pharmacy Practice and Management and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Nick is a director of the Tour of the Tropics Bicycle race and a keen bike rider and triathlete. His passions are his family and growing businesses, the Cairns region and leadership.
Sue is the Chief Executive of Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service, a community-based health organisation that delivers holistic primary health care to the people of Yarrabah, an Aboriginal community near Cairns.
During her time as CEO, Sue has led the drive for the transfer of responsibility for delivering primary healthcare services from the Queensland Government to Gurriny Yealamucka, a first in Queensland, with Gurriny now looking after all primary healthcare services in the community, including women’s and maternal health, sexual health, chronic disease, and social and emotional wellbeing.
In 2016, Sue was also a key driver for the establishment of the first pharmacy to open in Yarrabah in nearly 20 years, ensuring the Yarrabah community had a wider range of primary and allied health services.
Prior to her appointment as CEO in 2012, Sue was the Finance Manager at Gurriny Yealamucka for more than five years, leading and managing the day-to-day financials of the organisation with a budget of $8 million.
Sue has also previously worked with Cape York Digital Network, implementing and rolling out projects within each Cape community around the use of technology, and Gindaja Treatment and Healing Centre in Yarrabah, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residential rehabilitation service which caters for both men and women with drug and alcohol-related problems.
A proud Aboriginal woman who grew up in Yarrabah, Sue is passionate about closing the gap in Indigenous health disadvantage. Sue was appointed a director of Northern Queensland Primary Health Network in 2017.
Debra Burden, a degree-qualified accountant, is the CEO of mental health and suicide prevention provider selectability. The selectability group includes niche community services RTO selectability Training.
Debra has previously held CEO and executive management positions with Queensland Country Credit Union and Health Fund, ASX listed dental services company 1300SMILES, and Canegrowers Burdekin.
Debra’s business management expertise has been recognised with her being awarded the QLD Business Review Women in Business Award Winner and the Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Award Winner (Corporate Sector).
Debra, a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Leaders and Managers, has extensive board-level experience having successfully completed the AICD course twice and held Board positions in numerous companies as Chair, Deputy Chair, and Company Secretary, including currently holding the position of Director of Townsville Hospital and Health Service and Deputy Chair of North and West Remote Health.
Dr Richard Malone (Deputy Chair)
Born in Atherton, North Queensland, Richard was schooled on the Gold Coast and trained at Royal Brisbane Hospital. He moved to Mackay in 1988 and has been a principal at Ambrose Medical Group since 1989.
During his time in Mackay, Richard has served on various school boards, the Mater Hospital Ethics committee, and sub committees.
He has a long-term commitment to medical education and has been involved with teaching students and registrars. He is a senior examiner with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Richard spent 10 years as honorary Director of Palliative Care Services at Mackay Mater Hospital, and is currently the President of the Mackay Branch of the Leukaemia Foundation. In his practice he has an interest in preventive medicine, aged care and sports medicine.
He is a medical provider to Rowing Australia and holds senior coaching qualifications.
Luckbir is a Director at MacDonnells Law, one of the leading Queensland law firms. He has been recognised for his legal skills and client outcomes by Lawyer’s Weekly as a finalist in the 2016 Australian Partner of the Year Awards and Queensland Young Lawyer of the Year in 2008.
Luckbir has over the last 20 years been involved in many of the most significant, highly publicised and complex corporate law matters in North Queensland. His areas of expertise are corporate advisory, governance and mergers and transactions.
Mr Singh is also a Director of Cairns COUCH Limited, Deputy Chair Cairns and Hinterland and Hospital Health Service, Queensland State Council member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and member of the Finance and Audit Committee for Tourism Tropical North Queensland.
Luckbir was born and raised in North Queensland, with his family having lived in the region since the 1890s.
Ben is an Executive Manager with over 15 years of experience in executive management, finance, and accounting roles. Ben is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Ramsay Health Care’s Cairns facilities; the Cairns Private hospital, the Cairns Day Surgery, and The Cairns Clinic (inpatient mental health facility).
Ben is currently a company director of Cairns Penny Bank Limited, and is Chair of the Audit Committee. Ben is also a director of the Cairns Catholic Diocese Development Fund and has previously held board roles including Far North Queensland Regional Development Australia.
Ben is a chartered accountant having gained many years of experience at KPMG.
Ben’s primary interest outside of work is spending time with his wife and two children.
In her early career, Cate graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Queensland, interned at Mater Hospital Pharmacies in Brisbane, and registered in 1995 to be appointed as a pharmacist in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps. She had postings in charge of barracks Medical Centre dispensaries, medication supply warehouses, and saw operational service with the Combined Health Element of the Peace Monitoring Group in Bougainville in 1998.
Cate retired from the army to locum and part-time pharmacist in charge positions. In 2006 she purchased her first pharmacy in Townsville, and rebranded it ‘Cate’s Chemist’ with a shopping centre development in 2007. In 2017, Cate purchased another pharmacy in a Townsville GP Superclinic, and rebranded it to Cate’s Chemist Hyde Park with a junior partner. In 2018, Cate opened her third pharmacy at the Townsville Aboriginal & Islander Health Service.
Cate maintains a clinical interest in chronic disease management for the elderly, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In practise, she emphasises continuity of care, building health care teams across acute, primary, and specialist care, and between community and hospital pharmacy. Cate is a director of the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre, a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Townsville Chamber of Commerce, Townsville Enterprise, Committee Member for the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (Queensland Branch), a member of the JCU Pharmacy Advisory Committee and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
The NQPHN Clinical Councils provide 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 regional clinical councils provide a critical overview of the NQPHN regions to ensure that overall investment is in line with the regional HNA.
The councils act in an advisory capacity to the NQPHN Clinical Governance Committee which has the delegated responsibility of the NQPHN Board.
Membership of the councils 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.
Cairns, Cape, and Torres region
Name Position Frankie Clive Cairns, Cape, and Torres Executive Director, NQPHN Dr Vladislav Matic General Practitioner Dr Rod Catton General Practitioner Dr Lynne Reid General Practitioner and JCU Educator Michael Delaney Community Pharmacist Ingrid Hagne Community Nurse and Diabetes Educator Dr Jason King Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Representative Dr Eddy Strivens Local HHS Representative Dr Tony Brown Local HHS Representative Gail Rogers Speech Language Pathologist
Name Position Melissa Freestun Townsville Executive Director, NQPHN Grant Collins Audiologist Dr Chris Daniel General Practitioner Sue Devine Public health Dianne Graham Community Pharmacist Dr Theunis Kotzee Senior Medical Officer Shane MacDonald Community Pharmacist Dr Christine O’Connor Clinical Psychologist Paul Parker Physiotherapist Michelle Ramm Occupational Therapist Professor Gracelyn Smallwood Nurse/Midwife and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative Dr Toni Weller GP and GPLO Cate Whalan Community Pharmacist
Name Position Karin Barron (Chair) Mackay Executive Director, NQPHN Dr Richard Malone General Practitioner Allannah Munro Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Representative Anna Croce Psychologist Debra Brown Dentist Dr Konrad Kangru General Practitioner Karalyn Huxhagen Pharmacist Kath O’Brien Registered Nurse Dr Pieter Nel Local HHS representative Tom McMillan Physiotherapist
Community Advisory Committees
Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) has three Community Advisory Committees— one covering the Cairns, Cape and Torres region, one covering the Townsville region, and the third one covering the Mackay region.
Committee members are comprised of health service users, consumers, carers, and community members, and act as a critical friend to NQPHN by bringing community perspective to advise the planning of activities and priorities. The committees’ advice is aligned NQPHN’s Health Needs Assessment and local and Commonwealth priorities.
The aim of the Committees is to enable health system improvement and reform in local regions and for identified community groups. They ensure that community ideas drive improvements in person-centred care to deliver better health outcomes that are locally-relevant and aligned to local care experiences and expectations.
The Committees also guide and advise NQPHN to improve its social impact, cultural security, and patient safety of programs it commissions throughout the region.
As champions of change, members maximise and leverage their own community networks to improve health outcomes through coordinated care.
The Community Advisory Committees play a key role in helping to guide NQPHN in ensuring activities are connected to and supported by the communities it serves.
The Committees are chaired by the executive directors of NQPHN’s regional offices.
Cairns, Cape, and Torres region
Name Position Frankie Clive Cairns, Cape, and Torres Executive Director, NQPHN (Committee Chair) Kylie Young Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women Semara Jose Deadly Inspiring Youth Doing Good Deborah Gillespie Tablelands Regional Council Cassie Biggs Centacare Stephen Bell Department of Education Stephen Ung Department of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Marcella Ketchell Department of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Ned David Torres Strait Islanders Regional Education Council Eddie Newman Northern Peninsula Regional Council Mayor Oriel Murray Gungarde Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation
Name Position Karin Barron Mackay Executive Director, NQPHN (Committee Chair) Bridgett Mather Mackay Regional Council St Nigel Dalton Queensland Police Shanelle Dumma Carers Queensland Vivi Starrett Mackay and District Australian South Sea Islander Association Jeff Stewart- Harris Isaac Regional Council Dorne Wallace Regional Social Development Coalition Dr Anne Butcher Mackay Women’s Centre and Domestic Violence Resource Centre Bianca Fewquandie Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Georgine Crawford George St Neighbourhood Centre Trudi Sebasio Mackay Hospital and Health Service
Name Position Melissa Freestun Townsville Executive Director, NQPHN (Committee Chair) Meg Davis Townsville Multicultural Support Group Gabe Cairns Townsville Multicultural Support Group Matt Lyons Townsville Stronger Communities Action Group Lynore Geia James Cook University Wendy Lang Queensland Youth Services Jeremy Audas Richmond Fellowship Queensland Kim Neilsen The Good Shepherd Home Chandell Derham Defence Families of Australia Linda Robinson Department of Communities Kirsty Ahern Carers Queensland Ltd Pauline Woodbridge NQ Domestic Violence Resource Service Sally Butler Townsville City Council
- Townsville Hospital and Health Service
- Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service
- Mackay Hospital and Health Service
- Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service
- The Pharmacy Guild of Australia (Queensland branch)
- Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
- Northern Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Alliance (NATSIHA)
- Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)
- Council on the Ageing – Queensland branch (COTA)
- Queensland Alliance for Mental Health