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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
Role
Region
Dr Yvonne Doveren Senior Medical Officer Primary Health Care, Royal Flying Doctor Service Queensland Section Cairns, Cape and Torres
Ms Melanie Dunstan Nurse Practitioner, Ngak Min Health / True Relationships and Reproductive Health Cairns, Cape and Torres
Dr Lisa Fraser Director, Practice Principal / General Practitioner, Gordonvale Family Medical Centre Cairns, Cape and Torres
Ms Julie Goodall Podiatrist, Phoenix Podiatry Centre Townsville
Ms Karalyn Huxhagen Pharmacist, KH Pharmacy Consulting Mackay
Dr Konrad Kangru General Practitioner / Independent Chair, Whitsunday Doctors Service Airlie Beach Mackay
Dr Jason King Director of Clinical Services / Senior Medical Officer, Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service Cairns, Cape and Torres
Ms Kath McFarlane Advanced Public Health Officer, Sexual Health Services, Tropical Public Health Services Cairns, Cape and Torres
Mr Tom McMillan Executive Director / Specialist Physiotherapist, Physio Plus Mackay
Ms Natalie Musumeci Project Worker (Frequent Presenter) Social Worker, Mental Health and Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs Service Cairns, Cape and Torres
Ms Kath O'Brien Registered Nurse / Practice Owner / Manager, South Side Medical Mackay
Dr Virja Panday Senior Medical Officer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Mackay
Ms Toni Simmons General Practice Liaison Officer, Mackay Hospital and Health Service Mackay
Ms Allison Wolf School Based Youth Health Nurse, Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service Cairns, Cape and Torres
08 July 2021