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Our Board

Katherine IsbisterKatherine represents the National Rural Health Alliance on the National Rural Women’s Coalition’s Board.   

Katherine is a Registered Nurse and Midwife with a career spanning over 25 years.  Katherine trained as a nurse in the UK and spent her early career working in critical care.  During a working holiday to Australia, she developed a passion for rural and remote health which shaped her career pathway over the following years.  After moving to Australia in 2003, she trained as a Midwife and subsequently held diverse roles across the public and private sector including senior positions with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Uniting Care and CRANAplus where Katherine is the Chief Executive Officer.

Katherine holds a Batchelor of Nursing (Hons), Post Graduate Diploma Midwifery, Master of Public Health and has additional qualifications in leadership and management.   Katherine has a strong desire to promote the role of nursing and midwifery particularly in the remote and isolated sector.  She is passionate about the delivery of quality Primary Health Care Services, with a specific focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and the development of equitable and sustainable health care.

Katherine continues to practice clinically, currently working on a casual basis with the Royal Flying Doctor Service Qld. Section.

Katherine has spent many years living and working in rural and remote areas across Far North Queensland and this has shaped her passion and interest in rural and remote health.  She has seen first-hand how integrated primary health care can be successful in improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities.  On the flip side, there continues to be substantial challenges to ensure equity of access to quality services for those living in remote and isolated areas.  Katherine has a  strong desire to make positive changes in this space and look forward to working with partners across the sector to shape the health care landscape