• Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Masters of Public Health
  • Bachelor of Health Science Indigenous health

Mr Donald Whaleboat joined the NAPHL board in May 2018.

He is an experienced Company Director, serving his seventh year as Board Member for the Townsville Hospital Health Service and with prior experience as chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service from 2011 to 2016. His board experience and interests are in consumer and community engagement, quality and safety in health care and health workforce.

Donald is passionate about building quality, responsive, sustainable primary health care for people in the region. In particular, the need to reduce the differences in health outcomes such as life expectancy, child development, and chronic health conditions, between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community.

Mr Whaleboat believes the many challenges and opportunities for health care providers and stewards of health care, lay outside the four walls of the consult room, and it’s about the interaction and relationship between health services and communities.

He is a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in north Queensland


Professional Summary

Donald’s professional career started in early 1990s as a community nutrition worker, and public health nutrition policy and strategy officer. His experience developed into health promotion and community development with the Queensland Department of Health. He later moved into the field of primary health care as consultant for strategic workforce and health service planning, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker scope of practice and professional development pathway. His current role, apart from board duties, as senior lecturer College of Medicine and Dentistry and Associate Dean Indigenous health at the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine James Cook University.