Mark Wenitong Bio

Name
Dr Mark Wenitong
Qualifications
 
Degree of Medicine
Organisation Apunipima Cape York Health Council
Role in Organisation Medical Advisor
Brief Bio 
 
Dr Mark Wenitong (Adjunct Associate Professor, James Cook University, School of Tropical Public Health) is from Kabi Kabi tribal group of South Queensland.  He is the Senior Medical Officer at Apunipima Cape York Health Council, where he is working on health reform across the Cape York Aboriginal communities.  He was the Senior Medical Officer at Wuchopperen Health Services in Cairns for the previous nine years.  He has also worked as the medical advisor for OATSIH in Canberra.
 
Dr Wenitong is a past president and founder of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association and was a member on the National Health and Medical Research Committee - National Health Committee for the last three triennium.  He is Chair of the Andrology Australia- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Male Reference Group and sits on several other committees. He is a council member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and a member of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council.

 
Dr Wenitong has been heavily involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce and has helped develop several national workforce documents, sits on the COAG Australian Health Workforce Advisory Council.  He is involved in several research projects, and has worked in prison health, refugee health in East Timor as well as studying and working in Indigenous health internationally.  He was a member of the NTER review expert advisory group in 2008.
 
He is involved in clinical and policy work with the aim of improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes in Australia. He has received the 2011 AMA Presidents Award for Excellence in Healthcare, and the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council Hall of Fame award (2010).