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Dr Mark Wenitong

Commissioner

Dr Mark Wenitong
Dr Mark Wenitong (Professor Adjunct, QUT) is from the Kabi Kabi tribal group of South Queensland. He is the strategic advisor for the Lowitja Institute, Research Knowledge Translation, and the inaugural co-chair of the QH Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander State-wide clinical network. He has been the Public Health Medical Advisor and senior medical officer, at Apunipima Cape York Health Council since 2008, where he practiced clinical medicine and remote health service program delivery and has recently pulled back from clinical and moved on to more systems policy and research translation appointments.

Dr Wenitong was the Aboriginal Public Health Medical Officer, and the acting CEO, at the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) in 2012 and Prior to working at Apunipima, Dr Wenitong was Senior Medical Officer at Wuchopperen Health Service in Cairns for nine years. His main area of clinical interest is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care and translation of research into practice. Assoc Prof (Adjunct) Wenitong is involved in a variety of policy forums including: the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander genomics advisory group, the federal IPAG (implementation of the national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health strategic framework), the AIHW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisory group.  He co chairs the national evaluation co-design group for the evaluation of the IAHP. He sits on the Board of the Gayaa Duhwi Leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental health, as well as the boards of Miwatj Aboriginal Health Service (East Arhem land ACCHS) as well as Community Enterprise Queensland who manages the remote stores in FNQ. He has consulted on the rollout of the national ANFPP (Nurse Family Partnership) and the Adult and Youth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prison throughcare consultations and framework development.
 
Dr Wenitong was the medical advisor for OATSIH in Canberra and past president and founding member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association.

Dr Wenitong received the 2011 Australian Medical Association Presidents National Award for Excellence in Healthcare and the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council Hall of Fame Award in 2010. Dr Wenitong and his colleagues’ (all Chief Investigators) received the Best Research Publication of 2013. He was awarded the Australian Public Health Association Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health award 2020.
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Diversity

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Lived Experience

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