Top End Clinical Council Members

The Top End Clinical Council can be contacted through the NT PHN Board Support Coordinator:
t 08 8982 1059


Associate Professor Chris Harnden – Council Chair

Associate Professor Chris Harnden has over 20 years experience as a genéral practitioner. He has worked in three different primary health care systems giving him a wide experience of general practice. Chris also has extensive Academic knowledge and has wide experience of applying clinical knowledge and systems to general practice. He has been an academic, including Clinical Dean of Rural Medicine with the University of Melbourne and has published papers on Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island Health.

He is aware that change only works in partnership and collaboration with people of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island origin. Chris worked extensively with the cultural educators while in post with NTGPE, and was honoured to be repeatedly asked by them to collaborate in their cultural education days.

Chris holds the post of Clinical Medical Director with FCD Health in Palmerston and is also Associate Professor of medicine with the Flinders NT Medical Program.


Ms Nicole O’Reily – Deputy Chair

Ms Nicole O’Reilly is a registered Occupational Therapist, she has lived and worked in the Northern Territory from 2000. She has held a number of positions in the Northern Territory Government, including Director of Community Health and A/Principal Allied Health Advisor.  
Nicole has also been a Director on the Occupational Therapy Australia Board and the National Rural Health Alliance. She has represented Occupational Therapy Australia to the Allied Health Professions Australia Rural and Remote Committee and has represented this group in a number of forums, including the National Rural Health Alliance Council and the Rural and Remote Health Stakeholder Roundtable of the Federal Minister for Rural and Remote Health.

Mr Adam Bennett

Mr Adam Bennett is a registered Pharmacist that has lived and worked in the Northern Territory since 2006. Originally from rural South Australia, Adam completed his Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of South Australia in 2004.

He is a director and proprietor of Territory Pharmacy community pharmacies and manages the provision of comprehensive pharmacy services and primary health care for the local communities and Remote Area Aboriginal Health Services across the NT.

Adam is passionate about rural and remote community pharmacy and is currently the Vice President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia NT Branch. He is commited to improving the accessibility of appropriate pharmacy services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations

Dr Marilou Capati

Dr Marilou Capati has been practicing in Darwin since 2008 as a General Practitioner (GP) and is currently one of the directors and GP supervisors at Top End Medical Centre. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology in 1987 and graduated in 1991 as Doctor of Medicine in Manila, Philippines. She finished her residency training in internal medicine and completed her subspecialty training in adult cardiology in Manila where she started her Primary Care practice in 2000, before migrating to Darwin in 2008. 

Dr. Capati has a special interest in women’s health, diabetes, cardiology, Viral Hepatitis and migrant health.  She is known for comprehensive care of her patients, and is passionate about the health of the CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) community in Darwin. 

Ms Amanda Hart

Ms Amanda Hart is a Bagala woman from the Katherine East region in the Northern Territory, and is a registered psychologist with an Honours Degree in Psychology. Amanda has extensive experience in working with remote and regional communities across the NT.

Amanda was a founding member of the Aboriginal Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA), and of the Steering Committee. Amanda is currently the Suicide Prevention Coordinator with the NT Department of Health and actively engages multiple stakeholders, including NT PHN and local community members, to inform her work in this important area. Amanda is particularly interested in social and emotional wellbeing and in culturally competent, trauma-informed service prvision. She has made contributions to developing this capacity at local, Territory-wide and national levels, including in government agencies, the Aboriginal Community Controlled health sector, national peak bodies and community organisations. 

Ms Kerry Williams

Ms Kerry Williams is the Director and Principal Psychologist of Psych Solutions NT. Kerry has a wide range of qualifications, including a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of South Australia, BA Hons Psychology Charles Darwin University, Diploma of Special Education Finders University, and a BA in Politics and History Adelaide University.

Kerry is a member of the Australian Psychology Society (APS) and current state chair of the NT Branch. She has worked in the field of mental health as a teacher and psychologist, in educational, correctional, commonwealth government organisations and more recently in private practice for 30 years. 


Mr Kenton Winsley

Mr Kenton Winsley is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner and qualified paramedic residing in Darwin. 

Dr Chris Clohesy

Dr Chris Clohesy first started working in the Northern Territory as a medical student in 1981. Since that time, he has worked in Darwin, Gove and Katherine hospitals and in primary care in Darwin. Over recent years Chris has worked in many remote communities in the NT, including Lajamanu, Timber Creek, Yarralin, Ngukurr, Nhulunbuy, Milingimbi and Galiwinku on Elcho Island. In 2015 Chris received a commendation from the Chief Minister recognising his work at Galiwinku during the cyclones that struck the community. 

Chris is currently the Vice President of the RACGP SA and NT Faculty Board and has previously been the Chair of the Council of General Practice (SA) and on the executive of the National AMA Council of General Practice.

Through Chris’ broad work experience in the NT has a very good understanding of the health issues and care pathways in the NT and has a special interest in the coordination of care between hospitals and primary care and improving the coordination of care within primary care.

Chris and his wife Stacey who is also a GP now lives in Maningrida. They have three adult children all currently studying at university and enjoying life.