Mr Singer was appointed as the Chairperson of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) in November 2017.
Mr Singer is an experienced administrator and visionary thinker. He worked in Community Administration from 1989 to 1996 at Iwantja, Fregon, Pukatja and Papunya. In 1997, he became the Manager of Iwantja Clinic, which is one of Nganampa Health Council’s 6 clinics. In 2000, he was appointed Executive Director of the Nganampa Health Council and still holds this position today.
Over the years, John has participated on several Boards and Committees, including NACCHO. He was on the Board of the Aboriginal Health Council of SA Inc. (a representative since 1998 and Chairperson 2005, 2006 – 2009), Country Health SA, the Anangu Remote Health Alliance (he was Chairperson 2005 and 2006), and Health Performance Council SA (reviewed Department of Health 2007 – 2010).
Mr Singer’s family is from Ngaanjatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatara Lands, which is the cross-border area of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. He began working in community control at Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service where he started his health worker training, later completed in the late 1980’s with the Nganampa Health Council.
John has a good understanding of governance, community control and government structures, and is very committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in all parts of Australia.