As an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS), Gidgee’s Board of Directors comprises Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who reside in the geographic boundaries of our service area. The organisation has a commitment to skills-based governance, demonstrated by the Board’s decision to appoint two independent skills-based Directors to enhance decision-making and strategic direction setting. Furthermore, an Independent Company Secretary supports and enhances corporate governance practices; improves regulatory compliance, and establishes clear delineation between Board and operational matters.

Shaun Solomon

Shaun Solomon (Chairperson)

Shaun is a Birri and Ewamian man who has lived in the North West for most his life and has been working in Mount Isa for the past 15years. Indigenous Health and Higher Education has been the focus of Shaun’s career, which has enabled him to work closely with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of North West Queensland. Shaun also sits as a member of the North Queensland Training Network.

Mona Phillips

Board member Mona Philips (for the Board section on website Ben)

Mona is a Waanyi/Jaru woman who was born in Mount Isa and has worked in and around rural and remote regions over the last 35 years, including Mount Isa, the North West and the Lower Gulf country, as well as the Northern Territory. Mona has gained a vast amount of experience working in both paid and voluntary roles within Government, non-Government organisations and Aboriginal Community-Controlled organisations. At the age of 50, Mona went on to study a degree in Applied Science in Indigenous Community Management and Development at Curtin University in Western Australia. Mona’s skills, qualifications and extensive training in substance misuse, domestic and family violence and suicide prevention are a strong asset for Gidgee Healing. Mona has recently retired but remains actively involved in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander affairs.

Darren Walden

Darren Walden

Darren is Waanyi and Gangalidda man with family and cultural links to Doomadgee and other Lower Gulf communities. Darren has lived in and worked in Mt Isa for around 30 years which includes experience with local Native Title Boards and approximately 20 years working directly in the Aboriginal health field. He is a strong advocate for the community.

Leann Shaw

Leann Shaw

Leann is Nugubu and Wik woman that has a long history of working in various in health and social services across the region, including Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs and Women’s health and issues. Leann is committed to Indigenous rights and ensuring community is supported to achieve better health and well being.

Michael Martin

director

Michael Martin OAM FCPA is a skilled based Director and was appointed in 2013. He is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and provides Financial Management leadership to the Board. Michael lives in the Northern Territory where he is active in Health and is a member of a number of Government Boards. Michael is committed to Indigenous Health and was National Chair of Men’s Health in 1999 and 2000. He travels to Mt Isa regularly on Board matters

Company Secretary

Amanda Boland

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Amanda Boland FGIS FCIA is a qualified, independent governance professional and was appointed as Company Secretary in 2013. She has a strong commitment to Indigenous Health and primary health care, and provides governance support to a number of not-for-profit organisations throughout Queensland. Amanda also develops and presents workshops and masterclasses on corporate governance topics. She lives in Brisbane and travels to Mount Isa regularly on Gidgee Healing business.