About Claire Boardman Deputy Director, RHDAustralia


Masters of Public Health, University of Melbourne, 2005

Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing), Monash University, 1991

Graduate Diploma in Infection Control, University of Western Sydney, 1995.


Claire has worked in both public and private health sectors and in February 2013 was appointed as Deputy Director, RHDAustralia based at Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin where she worked with jurisdictions and Indigenous communities to improve healthcare outcomes for those affected by acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD). Prior to this appointment Claire was privileged to be working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities in public health and infection prevention and control in the Torres Strait, Far North Queensland.

In her public health capacity Claire has worked in complex disaster and developing nation settings and has a strong ongoing interest in healthcare economics and Indigenous health issues. Claire has held a number of state and national appointments including President of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) and member of the Antimicrobial Resistance Standing Committee, a statutory committee of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPC). Claire has held senior academic appointments at Griffith, James Cook and Melbourne Universities.

In 2013 she won one of four prestigious Council of Executive Women Scholarships to attend the Australian Graduate School of Management Women in Leadership course at UNSW that has assisted her in developing her leadership skills and executive presence, In 2014 Claire was a Northern Territory finalist for the Australian of the Year Awards.

Claire is committed to addressing social inequities and disadvantage experienced in rural and remote settings and at the 2017 Annual General Meeting of CRANAPlus Claire was elected as a Board Member (Council of Remote Area Nurses Australia), where she also serves on the CRANA Governance Subcommittee.

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