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Dr Mark Wenitong

Senior Medical Advisor
Apunipima Cape York Health Council
PO Box 12045
Westcourt QLD, 4870
Tel: (07) 4081 5600
Fax: (07) 4051 7940
 

Biography

Dr Mark Wenitong is from the Kabi Kabi tribal group of south Queensland (Qld). He is currently working as a Medical Advisor at the Apunipima Cape York Health Council in Cairns, Qld. As Medical Advisor, Mark’s role is to provide strategic leadership, support and advice to the Board, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and senior management team.

After studying Medicine at the Newcastle University Medical School, Mark completed his degree in 1995 as the third Aboriginal male graduate. He was also one of the first Aboriginal men to become a doctor. Mark began his medical career working in community development with World Vision and also spent time working in Central Australia. He was the Senior Medical Officer at Wichopperen Health Services in Cairns for nine years; acting CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, where he worked in primary health care in East Timor; and also Medical Advisor for the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in Canberra.

Dr Wenitong is a past President and founder of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association and is a member of the following committees:

Mark is committed to improving the health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia through community control. He is interested in preventative medicine, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, refugee health and prison health.

In 2015, Mark was appointed to the Commonwealth Governments GP Training Advisory Committee as the first Aboriginal GP on the committee. In 2012, he was one of the chief investigators awarded the Medical Journal of Australia Best Research Journal Article for the year. In 2011 he received the Australian Medical Association Presidents Award for Excellence in Healthcare and in 2010 received the Qld Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council Hall of Fame Award.

 
Last updated: 3 July 2017
 
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