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Management Team

Apunipima's Management Team is responsible for making sure the strategic objectives set by the Board are met. They take the Board's vision and make it operational by prioritising the organisations activities to meet funder and community requirements and are the key decision makers for all high-level operational matters. They manage Apunipima's relationships with its wide range of stakeholders and communicate Apunipima's strategic direction to the organisation and beyond. They maintain overall leadership responsibility for the Quality Management System and associated processed to meet business outcomes.  

Deb Malthouse,  Chief Executive Officer

Deb Malthouse joined Apunipima Cape York Health Council in the role of Executive Manager Organisation Development in September 2020. In January 2021, Deb was appointed the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Deb brings a wealth of experience to the role having worked for many years in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander affairs, including 28 years in community controlled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations, and 10 years in state and commonwealth government organisations.

While Deb has spent the majority of her working life in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health, she has also worked in the areas of child protection, legal services, native title, women's crisis services and housing. Deb is a strong advocate of the community controlled health model and is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Wayne Massey, Executive Manager Business Services

Wayne provides business and financial leadership to support the delivery of Apunipima's comprehensive primary health care model. Wayne drives infrastructure and IT initiatives to optimise service delivery in the Cape as well as overseeing compliance and monitoring of funding contracts. Wayne is also the Company Secretary, playing a key advisory role to the Board. 

Frankie Clive, Executive Manager PHC

Frankie Clive joined Apunipima Cape York Health Council in September 2020 as the Executive Manager Primary Health Care. Frankie is a Torres Strait Islander and has strong family connections to Saibai Island and the Northern Peninsula Area.

Frankie has over 20 years experience across a diverse range of private, State and Commonwealth Government agencies and not for profit sectors in the Northern Territory and Queensland. With a background in human rights advocacy, Frankie has a strong social justice lens and understands the critical importance that the social determinants have in the improvement of health and wellbeing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Frankie will work in close partnership with the Senior Management Team to lead out the delivery and design of primary health care services for Apunipima's Cape York Health Council.

Dr. Alister Keyser, Senior Medical Officer – Medical Administrator

Alister started his medical career as a Genereal Practitioner in South Africa before taking various postings with an international medical assistance company providing primary and emargency care in remote regions. His broad remote international medical experience and background in occupational medicine and public health saw hom provide operational and strategic health systems advice to various multinational organisations and government bodies in the Commonwealth of Independent States and Africa.

Dr. Louise Craig, Senior Medical Officer 

Dr Louise Craig is a frontline Senior Medical Officer with Apunipima Cape York Health Council and leads the Clinical Services Team. The Clinical Services Team has responsibility for implementing internal systems and programs and collaborating across all communities to address health needs. Dr Louise divides her time between service delivery, training and recruiting Medical Officers. She is the professional lead to Apunipima's Medical Officers.

Prior to joining Apunipima in 2010, Dr Louise worked in retrieval services with Royal Flying Doctors Service. Originating from Manchester UK, this role provided her with a unique understanding of the challenges and remote beauty of Cape York and its communities.

One of Dr Louise's values is to provide equity and access to services believing that everybody is entitled to access to great health care.



Karen has worked in organisational development, human resources management and senior leadership across all business sectors in Australia and New Zealand for more than 30 years. With a career focus in the health sector, she has a personal interest in mental health and indigenous health, service and workforce development, strategic and change management.

In her role as Executive Manager, Organisational Development she leads the Workforce Strategy, Human Resource/Workforce Health & Safety, Quality and Risk, and Communications functions.