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Working for a better future and outcomes for our children

Farewell to Deb Malthouse, Wuchopperen Health Service CEO

Article provided by Robyn Moylan and Natalie Lewis

After 8 years of dedicated Service to Wuchopperen Health Service (WHS) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community of Cairns, Deb is taking a much deserved break and is retiring at the end of November to be able to spend quality time with her grandson.

Deb has achieved so much over her 8 years of service, WHS has developed and grown under her leadership. WHS has an additional 3 buildings and a carpark on site to accommodate over 200 staff. Deb led the expansion of our Health Service to Edmonton and has led the transition of Miden Clinic to Mulungu Health Service.

WHS has a long-standing association with QATSICPP since its inception, the first Chair of QATSICPP was from WHS. Deb has ensured that we continue to have a strong association with QATSICPP.

On behalf of the Wuchopperen Health Service Board (WHS), members and staff I would like to thank and acknowledge the tireless work of Deb Malthouse. Deb through her leadership and passion demonstrated a clear commitment in serving the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Cairns and surrounding area. We wish Deb and her family the very best in her retirement

Further, the QATSICPP Board, staff and membership acknowledge Deb’s personal and professional contribution to the Community Controlled Child Protection sector. Her influence, thorugh enduring commitment and relentless advocacy on behalf of our children, young people, their families and communities has had an impact which extends far beyond Far North Queensland. QATSICPP wishes Deb the very best in her retirement.

Deb Malthouse – Wuchopperen Health Service CEO

  • Child Protection Environment


    of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were placed with a kinship or Indigenous carer.
  • Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak


    There are 69,200 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children / young people in Queensland.