Mr Christopher Cliffe

Manager Primary Health Care, Royal Flying Doctor Service Queensland and President CRANAplus


Christopher Cliffe is an experienced leader in the field of remote health care, having worked as a remote area nurse in a variety of remote and rural communities in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Born and raised in country South Australia, he has gained extensive international experience during his work for the Red Cross in war and disaster zones in southern Sudan, Abkhazia, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, and in the wake of large-scale tragedies including the 2002 Bali bombings, the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Mr Cliffe has led a variety of health care organisations, including as nursing director for remote health in the Northern Territory, and as director of nursing at the Leigh Creek, Lorne and Colac hospitals. Recently, he served as the inaugural chief executive officer of the National Centre for Quality Improvement in Indigenous Primary Health Care. In addition to undergraduate nursing qualifications obtained at the University of South Australia, he holds a masters degree in public health, and is a Justice of the Peace.

Mr Cliffe currently lives in Cairns, and is manager of primary health care for the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Queensland. He is also a board director, and serving president, of CRANAplus, the professional body for remote health.

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