• Board of Directors

    Dr Vladislav Matic (Chairman)

    Dr Vladislav Matic MBBS (Syd) M. Bus (Mgmt) FACRRM FRACGP FAICD has had extensive experience in the provision of primary and secondary health care. Until recently Dr Matic was the Director of Medical Services at Wuchopperen Health Service, a position he took up in early 2011. Prior to working in Cairns, Dr Matic was a rural Procedural GP (Anaesthetics) and Visiting Medical Officer serving remote communities for more than 18 years. Dr Matic currently works as a Medical Management Consultant providing advice on Clinical and Corporate Governance, Financial Performance, Data Governance, CQI, Accreditation and Compliance to ACCHOs and corporate health providers.

    Dr Matic has served on numerous health boards at the local, state, and national level for more than 20 years. Previous experience includes roles as Vice-Chair Australian Divisions of General Practice, Chair of the Alliance of NSW Divisions and Chair of Outback Division of General Practice. Dr Matic is currently a Board Member of the Remote Vocational Training Scheme, and Chair of the RVTS AMS Reference Group. In addition to governance roles, Dr Matic has also been appointed to several national advisory boards and committees, including Practice Incentive Program Advisory Group, Practice Incentive Program Technical Working Group and the Pharmacy Trials Advisory Group.

    Dr Matic has a strong interest in improving the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine’s nominee to the NQPHN Board. When not working Dr Matic enjoys cycling, reading and travelling.

    Dr Vladislav Matic

    Suzanne Andrews

    Sue is the Chief Executive Officer of Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service, a community-based health organisation that delivers holistic 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.

    Dr Rodney Catton

    Rod’s early life was in Brisbane. From 1965-1975 he attended three tertiary institutions in Queensland, NSW and India, studying religion, education, history, science and medicine, moving to Innisfail in 1977. General Practice there involved over 20 years of procedural medicine and inpatient care. As an accreditation surveyor he visited practices across Northern Australia. General Practice representation includes organisations and boards at local, regional, state and national level for 25 years. His particular interest is in improving the public-private health interface. Other interests include fruit farming, local history and indigenous culture and history, bushwalking, woodwork, piano and pipe organ.

    Dr Rodney Catton

    John Nugent

    John Nugent

    John is a Director on the NQPHN Board and Chair of the Finance Audit and Risk Management (FARM) committee. John was awarded a Bachelor of Business (Health Administration) with Distinction in 1988 by the Queensland Institute of Technology.

    Until his retirement on 12 December 2012, John held the position of the Executive Officer of Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Mackay, being appointed to that position in 1996. He oversaw the redevelopment of that 105 bed not-for-profit private hospital on a Greenfield site at North Mackay, and has been closely involved in the recruitment of many new medical specialists to the Mackay region for many years.

    He has been involved in Hospital Management since 1976 serving as Hospital Manager at Inglewood Hospital and also Mackay Base Hospital, Assistant Manager at Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane and Rockhampton Base Hospital, Assistant Regional Director for Finance and Administration at Mackay Regional Health Authority, and was the first District Manager of Mackay Health Service District.

    John also worked for several years within the corporate office of the Queensland Department of Health.

    John and his family moved to Mackay in 1988 when he commenced as Manager of Mackay Base Hospital. John is married to Joan and has 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

    He was the president of City Brothers Football Club for 9 years until 2011, and is a life member of that soccer club.

    He is a Director on the Board of the Mackay Hospital and Health Service, a Consumer representative on the Risk Management Committee of Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland Limited, and has been a member of the Centacare Council for the Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton since 1996. Centacare is a social welfare organisation providing a range of counselling and other services.

    John is a Director on the Board of Northern Queensland Primary Healthcare Network.

    Dr Richard Malone

    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.

    Dr Richard Malone

    Tony Mooney AM

    Tony Mooney AM

    Tony Mooney was a Councillor and Deputy Mayor of the Townsville City Council and was elected Mayor in 1989. He held the position of Mayor of Townsville until 2008.

    In 2008, Tony was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2011, Tony was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for services to local government and the community. Tony served on the boards of numerous government and community entities, including Ergon Energy, LG Super, Townsville Entertainment Centre Board of Management (Chair) until 2008, and as the inaugural Chair of the Willows Stadium Joint Board (currently 1300 Smiles Stadium).

    In 2011, Tony was appointed by the Federal Government to the Board of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority where he served until 2016. Tony was appointed a director of Northern Queensland Primary Health Network in 2017.

    Luckbir Singh

    Luckbir is a Partner at MacDonnells Law, which has more than 100 personnel spread across three offices (Brisbane, Cairns, and Townsville).  In 2007 Luckbir became the youngest modern day partner appointment in the firm’s 130-year plus history. In 2016 Luckbir was named a finalist for the Australian Commercial Partner of the Year in the Lawyer’s Weekly Australian Lawyer of the Year Awards.

    Luckbir has been involved in many of the most significant, highly publicised and complex corporate matters in North Queensland. His areas of expertise are corporate advisory, governance and merger and transactions.

    He is the Chair of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Cairns Regional Committee, a Director of Cairns COUCH Limited, and Chair of the CCIQ Far North Qld Policy Council.

    Luckbir was born and raised in North Queensland, with his family having lived in the region since the 1890s.

    Luckbir Singh

    Cate Whalan

    Cate Whalan

    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 May 2017, Cate purchased another pharmacy in a Townsville GP Superclinic, and rebranded it to Cate’s Chemist Hyde Park with a junior partner.

    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 member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Townsville Chamber of Commerce, Townsville Enterprise, Committee Member for the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (Queensland Branch), and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Clinical Councils

    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

    Townsville region

    Name Position
    Therese Cotter 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

    Mackay region

    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

    Townsville region

    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

    Mackay region

    Name Position 
    Therese Cotter 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
  • NQPHN Constitution

  • Member organisations