The Board

NT PHN is governed by an independent skills-based Board. The Board can be contacted through the Office of the CEO:

t 08 8982 1012  e

Dr Andrew Bell

Dr Andrew Bell – Board Chair


Dr Andrew Bell is a public health physician and general practitioner who currently works as a part-time senior rural medical practitioner with the NT Department of Health. He previously worked with Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) as a public health specialist with a focus on regional health service development.

Dr Bell has worked with remote Aboriginal communities for more than 24 years in both NT Government and Aboriginal community controlled health services, including 11 years as Medical Director of Katherine West Health Board Aboriginal Corporation.

Dr Bell has a longstanding interest in primary health care reform, Aboriginal community control of health services and health systems improvement. Dr Bell is also a previous Director and Deputy Chair of Northern Territory General Practice Education Ltd (NTGPE).

Ms Diane Walsh

Ms Diane Walsh – Deputy Chair


Diane Walsh is an experienced health consumer and community representative at an NT and national level, with a background in teaching and 18 years of governance experience in health organisations. She is motivated by a passion to create a safe and equitable health system that meets the needs of the community it serves. .

Ms Walsh serves in a number of consumer health roles including as chair of the NPS MedicinesWise Consumer Advisory Group and as a member of the RACGP Expert Committee - Standards.

Ms Walsh was the Deputy Chair of the Top End Health Service Board from 2013 until 2017 and a community member of the NT Board of the Medical Board of Australia until 2016. She was Chair of the General Practice Network NT (GPNNT) Board from August 2009 until June 2012 and held board positions with GPNNT’s predecessor organisation, the Top End Division of General Practice, becoming the first non-GP to chair a Division of General Practice.

Ms Donna Ah Chee

Ms Donna Ah Chee

GCertMngt, Adv Cert in Mngt (Aboriginal Organisations, Assoc Dip in Bus (Aboriginal Organisations) 

Donna Ah Chee is the CEO of Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Congress), an Aboriginal community-controlled primary health care service employing over 400 staff to deliver integrated services to Alice Springs and six nearby remote communities. 

She is a Bundgalung woman from the far north coast of New South Wales who has lived in Alice Springs for over 30 years, Donna is married to a local Yankunytjatjara/Arrernte man and together they have three children. 

Donna is Chairperson of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT (AMSANT), the Aboriginal Benefit Account Advisory Committee (ABAAC) and the Literacy for Life Foundation (LFLF). She sits on the board of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) where she previously served as CEO, and is a board member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs (ANACAD), Menzies School of Health Research and the NT Primary Health Network (NTPHN). 

Donna is an expert member of the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Implementation Plan Advisory Group (IPAG), member Northern Territory Aboriginal Health Forum (NTAHF), Chair NT Children and Families Tripartite Forum and she represents Congress on the Alice Springs Peoples’ Alcohol Action Coalition (PAAC).

Ms Judith Oliver

Ms Judith Oliver

BPharm (Hons)

Ms Judith Oliver is a registered pharmacist and is currently Director of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (NT Branch) and regularly works in community pharmacy.

Ms Oliver was a foundation member of the Pharmacy Guild's Community Pharmacy for Rural and Indigenous Australia (CPRIA) Committee. She has previously worked as a: hospital pharmacist, in regulatory affairs for a pharmaceutical company, as a consultant pharmacist assisting with the establishment of pharmacy services to clinics in remote Aboriginal health services, and as a locum pharmacist.

Ms Oliver also worked with Charles Darwin University to develop the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree by writing teaching material and tailoring existing coursework to suit pharmacy practice in the NT.

Ms Oliver's areas of interest include promoting the important role community pharmacy plays as the most accessible health care destination in Australia, ensuring equitable access to services for those living in rural and remote areas, developing effective public-private partnerships, workforce development and continuing quality improvement, harm minimisation and community health.

Mr Iain Summers

Mr Iain Summers

BCOMM, LLB (Hons), Grad Dip Mngt Psych, FCA, FCPA, FAICD, FAIM 

Mr Iain Summers is a governance and management consultant providing advice and assistance to community service organisations and boards. 

Mr Summers is a Director of Traditional Credit Union Limited. He is also the NT appointee to the Professional Standards Councils, a national federation of state and territory-based councils to encourage professions to maintain suitable risk management systems in return for capped professional indemnity liability.

He chairs audit and risk committees for a number of NT Government, local government and community services entities.

Mr Summers is an accredited training facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, primarily conducting Not for Profit and In-Boardroom governance modules. 

He is a member of the Northern Territory Regional Committee of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. He is also an adjudicator for the Australasian Annual Reporting Awards.

He was the Auditor-General for the NT from 1994 to 2002, after being a partner of a firm of chartered accountants in the NT for eleven years.

Dr Samuel Goodwin

Dr Samuel Goodwin


Dr Samuel Goodwin is the Executive Director of Medical and Clinical Services (Alice Springs Hospital) for the Central Australia Health Service. Based in Alice Springs, Dr Goodwin has spent the past decade training in a remote area, aspiring to the principles of rural generalism. While clinical medicine continues to engage him, Dr Goodwin has turned his focus to medical administration. He believes that management will make the greatest impact in the future, through health professionals managing health services.

Dr Goodwin has been a member of the NT Postgraduate Medical Council since 2008; a Director on the Board of General Practice Education and Training since 2013; was appointed as a Director on the Medical Board of Australia in 2015; and was a Director on the board of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine from 2010 to 2012.

Dr Goodwin’s key areas of interest are rural generalism and health system governance.

Dr Paul Burgess

Dr Paul Burgess


Dr Paul Burgess is a Darwin-based GP and public health physician who has practiced in the NT for 14 years. Dr Burgess has broad experience in both urban and remote General Practice, Aboriginal health, health policy and strategy, health services research, primary health care reform and systematic approaches to health care improvement. Dr Burgess is dedicated in his pursuit of efficient and equitable health systems for all Territorians. 

Dr Burgess is a former board member of the Top End Division of General Practice and the NT’s representative on the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Faculty for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. 

Mr John Rawnsley

Mr John Rawnsley


John Rawnsley is the Manager of the Law and Justice section at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency.  Prior to this he worked in various legal roles and leadership development. 

John is a current Director of the Larrakia Development Corporation, a Director of Winkiku Rrumbangi NT Indigenous Lawyers Aboriginal Corporation and a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Indigenous Legal Issues Committee.  He currently chair’s the Smith Family’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group.  He has extensive board and committee experience including former Board Member for the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (2013 – 2015) and former Alderman of the Alice Springs Town Council (2008 – 2012, Deputy Mayor in 2009).     

John is from the Larrakia and Anmatjerre groups and was born and raised in Darwin attending Darwin High School and Charles Darwin University.  Until aged nine he lived at Uluru and Kakadu and as an adult lived in Alice Springs for several years. 

Ms Heather D’Antoine

Master of Health Economics (Aboriginal Health), Dip in Midwifery, Dip in Nursing

Heather D’Antoine is a Bardi woman from the West Kimberley. She trained as a registered nurse and midwife and has over 25 years of experience in health services and 15 years experience in health research.

Prior to entering into research, Heather worked as the Deputy Director for Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service where she was responsible for implementing the Coordinated Care trials and the Family Futures program. Heather then took on the position of Health Service Manager for Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek Health Service.

Heather moved to Darwin in April 2010 to take up the position as Associate Director for Aboriginal Programs and more recently, this role has extended into the Education and Training unit at Menzies. Her role includes overseeing the implementation of the Indigenous Employment Strategy and enhancing the program of research in Aboriginal health and overseeing the functions of the expanding Education and Training Unit. Her area of research is in several research projects on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.