Superstar Aboriginal doctor reforming prison, refugee and Indigenous healthcare
Prof Mark Wenitong is from the 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. Prof Wenitong is a founder and past president of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association and was a member on the National Health and Medical Research 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. Prof 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).