The Central Australia Clinical Council can be contacted through the NT PHN Board Support Coordinator:
t 08 8982 1059
Dr Sally Banfield – Council Chair
Dr Sally Banfield is a rural Generalist in Central Australia. She is originally from rural WA and moved to Central Australia for internship nine years ago. Both a passion for remote generalist practice and Indigenous health has meant that general practice in Central Australia is a perfect fit. She has a history of being involved in both medical education and advocacy at both a local and national level. Sally is passionate about the final goal of giving all patients, in particular those rural and remote, a quality health care that encompasses a proficient and adaptable workforce.
Ms Rebecca Matthews – Deputy Chair
Podiatrist Rebecca Matthews is an Alice Springs resident and has worked in Central Australia across both the public and private sectors, including both town based services and remote community outreach, Top End and Central Australia, AMS and NGO. Rebecca is now based at Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Services Branch. When not in the NT Rebecca spent time at Melbourne Health working on implementing a Diabetic Foot Unit, a fully integrated high risk foot service tracking and transitioning clients from the sub-acute to the acute (and back again) stages of their foot disease across multiple partner agencies within the health sector. Rebecca has also worked as a volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa assisting the staff at the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital establish such a service.
Professor Tim Carey – Deputy Chair
Professor Tim Carey is the Director of the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs and a Fulbright Scholar. Tim has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Queensland (QLD) and an MSc in Statistics from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Tim is currently a Director on the Board of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Chairs the Regional, Rural, and Remote Advisory Group. He is also a member of the Indigenous Psychology Advisory Group and delivered an Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on behalf of the APS at the 2016 APS Congress. He is also currently a Director of the Australian Rural Health Education Network.
Tim has over 100 publications including books, book chapters, and peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and has presented his work at national and international conferences. At the Centre for Remote Health he conducts research in health service delivery, provides supervision and training on mental health issues, and has operated a clinical psychology service within the public mental health service as well as within the Alcohol and Other Drugs Service and the Pain Management Service. He has also worked in the Social and Emotional Wellbeing Service at the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. He has developed a mobile app called MindSurf as well as a transdiagnostic cognitive therapy called the Method of Levels (MOL) which adopts a patient-perspective view of mental health disorders and seeks to help patients resolve the distress underlying particular symptom patterns rather than focussing on the symptoms themselves. His interests in mental health include the importance of control to psychological wellbeing and service provision, improving access to services, and the historical development of our understandings of psychological distress and its treatment.
Dr Colin Marchant
Dr Colin Marchant is currently employed as the General Practitioner Co-ordinator at Central Australian Aboriginal Congress in Alice Springs. Colin has worked in Alice Springs since 2002, initially at Alice Springs Hospital and then completed his FRACGP based in Alice Springs through NTGPE. Colin has worked as a GP at Central Australian Aboriginal Congress since 2005.
Dr Elizabeth Moore
Dr Elizabeth Moore is a Public Health Medical Officer (PHMO) at Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT) based in Alice Springs. As a PHMO, Dr Moore provides guidance, advice, and support on a wide range of primary health care and public health issues on local, state and national level to AMSANT members, Board, staff and other stakeholders. Dr Moore manages a team including staff working in the area of CQI, sexual health, Social and Emotional Well Being/Trauma informed care and clinical support. Dr Moore also helps coordinate the senior clinical network which comprises senior clinicians across ACCHSs in the NT to support sharing of best practice, gathering of feedback on major system reform issues and support around clinical governance.
Dr Moore graduated in Tasmania and has worked in general practice for over 10 years. Before coming to Alice Springs 11 years ago Dr Moore worked in a large community controlled health service in Melbourne and community health centres in Victoria. Dr Moore is also a public health physician after completing a public health training scheme in Victoria. Dr Moore’s interests (apart from Aboriginal health) include alcohol and other drug services in primary health care, integration of public health and primary health care, women’s health and research in primary health care