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North West Hospital and Health Service - Board Members

Paul Woodhouse Mr Paul Woodhouse

A Grazier, Paul has served several years with a number of local, regional and state government bodies across North and North West Queensland.

With over 12 years in Local Government, including 8 years as Mayor of McKinlay Shire, Paul is also currently serving as Chairman of Regional Development Australia for Townsville and North West region.

Paul has previously served as Co-Chair of the North West Regional Plan group, and the Plan Coordination group. This statutory plan will help guide land use and development in the region over the next two decades. He has also served as Chair of the North West Regional Roads Group - an alliance of 11 Local Governments and the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.

His previous experience also includes Chair of Southern Gulf Catchments Natural Resource Management Group (2003-2005), and the Western Queensland Community Advisory Board.


Mrs Annie Clarke Mrs Anne Clarke
Deputy Chair

Mrs Anne (Annie) Clarke has resided in the Gulf Country, North West Queensland, for the past 41years. She is currently on boards for the grazing industry, Central North West Queensland Medicare Local, the Columba Catholic college (Charters Towers) and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Her experience is hands-on, and skills and networks have developed across the region over the past 30 years. Part of the experience includes 18 years in Local Government, 15 years as Mayor. During this time of working with the community, her responsibilities incorporated small business and economic development. During this time of working with the community, her responsibities incorporated small business and economic development, roads and transport infrastructure, tourism and sport development, health and social matters, education and training and disaster management.

She has gained knowledge and experience of what and how much was achievable, sustainable and maintainable.The recipient of Women in Local Government Professional Development Bursary in 2011, Annie was also awarded the Centenary Medal for service to Local Government. She was also awarded the title of Community Champion, 2012 in the Burke Shire Australia Day Awards.


Mr.Richard Stevens

Mr Richard Stevens
Board Member

Mr Richard Stevens has more than 30 years experience in public sector administration across all tiers of government. In 2008, Richard received the Medal of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the Australian fishing industry, particularly fisheries management.

Richard has extensive board experience and is currently Deputy Chair of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), and Deputy Presiding Member of the Fisheries Council of South Australia.

His past board appointments have included non-executive Director of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Chair of the AFMA Finance and Audit Committee, Member of the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority,Chair of the South Australian Country Fire Service Board and Member of the New South Wales Natural Resources Advisory Council.

He has conducted reviews for various governments—into fisheries governance in the Torres Strait; the performance of fisheries management for the New South Wales Government; and reviews into biosecurity arrangements for the delivery of fisheries and aquaculture services to industry in South Australia.


Ms Rowena McNally Ms Rowena McNally
Board Member

Ms Rowena McNally has extensive board experience and is a company director and corporate lawyer specialising in health, infrastructure, corporate law and corporate governance.

Rowena is currently Chair of Mount Isa Water Board and a director of Ergon Energy. Rowena is also Chair of Catholic Health Australia, which nationally represents Catholic health and aged care organisations and services, and National President of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia.

Her previous directorships include:

- Queensland Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland (Chair)
- Cerebral Palsy Australia (Deputy Chair)
- St Vincent’s and Holy Spirit Health Limited
- Mt Olivet Hospital
- St Vincent’s Hospital, Toowoomba
- Holy Spirit Hospital, Chermside
- Chair, Quality and Risk Committees for Mt Olivet Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital and Holy Spirit Hospital.


Dr. Chris Appleby Dr Christopher Appleby
Board Member

Dr Christopher (Chris) Appleby is co-owner and practice manager for Flinders Medical Group Pty Ltd, which operates in Cloncurry North West Queensland.

Chris runs the Medical Centre in Cloncurry, North West Queensland, which has seven general practitioners (GPs). The facility acts as the General Practice primary healthcare facility in collaboration with the local hospital and council. The practice is an academic practice with a close affiliation with James Cook University, accommodating medical students and participating in a community-driven nursing education program with the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health. The practice is an accredited GP training facility and has trained a number of GP registrars since its inception in 2006.

The group has built up the recruitment and retention of GPs from one locum to seven full time doctors covering both hospitals and general practices.

Chris is also the consultant practice manager for the Flinders Medical Centres in both Montville and Maleny in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and associated with the development of the Sunshine Coast Superclinic in collaboration with the Ochre Health Medical Group, the owners of the Maleny and Montville medical practice.

A Bachelor of Science with Honours and a Doctor of Philosophy, Chris’s previous roles include:

- Consultant, K Battye Consultant
- Business Manager, North West Queensland Allied Health Service, Mount Isa
- Project Officer, North Queensland Rural Division of General Practice, Townsville.


Dr Don Bowley
Board Member

Dr Don Bowley has spent more than 20 years in the health industry, much of which has been spent in regional Queensland. He has been a medical officer at the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) for 18 years and in 2012 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to medicine through the RFDS.

For the last 15 years, Don has worked with the Mount Isa RFDS. This part of Australia includes remote townships, rural stations and Indigenous communities and Don’s support of its people is legendary. The dedication, friendship and ongoing care he offers all his patients is more a way of life than a job, which is why they call him ‘the best in the west’.

He commenced his medical career with positions in Gosford, Wyong, Taree and Nimbin before initially joining the RFDS (South Eastern Section) in Broken Hill, New South Wales. His experience with remote medical delivery was further expanded when he undertook locum medical positions at King Island in Bass Strait and Ampilatwatja in Northern Territory. He commenced with the RFDS (Qld Section) in November 1996 and worked at Charleville and Mount Isa Bases.

Apart from delivering health services, Don has made a significant contribution to improving health services through education, training and development. His roles have included:

-Medical Student Supervisor, John Flynn Scholarship Scheme, James Cook University; Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health
-Senior Lecturer (Professional) School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine, and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University.
-Member Mt Isa District Health Community Council 1999-2011

Don has been widely recognised for his community and professional contributions including Australian of the Year Queensland Local Hero Award 2011, Special Achievement for Outstanding Service to the City and Region – Mount Isa City Council 2005 and 2011, and Distinguished Service Award – Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine 2009.

Karen Arbouin Ms Karen Arbouin
Board Member

Kari is currently employed as Director of Campus Development at Central Queensland University. Prior to this she was at James Cook University for 11 years in a range of senior management positions including: Director of JCU Pathway College, Director of Quality Enhancement acting CEO of the Singapore campus and Executive Officer for both the Science and Engineering Faculty and the senior Deputy Vice Chancellor.

Kari has been a Director of Nursing both at The Wesley Hospital in Townsville and at Julia Creek Hospital, in North West Queensland. Whilst in the latter position she was awarded Creek Hospital, Australia Day and Queensland Health awards for her service to the hospital and community.

She has qualifications in health, business, law and more recently completed her second Masters, in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Kari is an international reviewer for universities in the UK and Bahrain and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Mr Ron Page
Board Member

Ron is currently employed as a Recognized Entity Cultural Appropriate Officer with Aboriginal & Islander Development Recreational Women Association.

Prior to this he was programs Manager at KASH Aboriginal Corporation in Mount Isa, before that he was Chief Executive Officer at the Yallambee Aboriginal Corporation.

Ron has vast experience with the North West Indigenous community and a deep familiarity with the health issues effecting aboriginal and Torres Strait people.



Board Chair

Manager of Office of the Chief Executive
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Fax: +61 7 4764 0217

Executive Services Officer:

Ph: +61 7 4764 0210
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Address: PO Box 27 Mt Isa QLD 4825 Australia

Last Updated: 22 May 2013
Last Reviewed: 22 May 2013