Donna Ah Chee acting CEO of Congress as board seems headed for the chop


Prominent Alice Springs woman Donna Ah Chee (pictured) has been appointed acting CEO of the troubled Congress.
Its CEO, Stephanie Bell, has taken leave of absence for an undetermined period after a Federal investigation into the Aboriginal health service has revealed a string of serious allegations.
Ms Ah Chee is the former deputy CEO of Congress but spent the last year heading up the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) in Canberra.
Meanwhile speculation is rife that the NT Department of Justice, under whose legislation Congress is incorporated, will sack the Congress board and appoint a statutory manager.
This would action to be taken against Ms Bell, if appropriate.
The department has confirmed it is investigating but is making no further comment.
Meanwhile board chairperson Helen Kantawara has imposed a complete comment and information black-out.
[See other reports in the Alice Springs News Online which broke the story nationally earlier this week.]


  1. That’s good that a PROBLEM has been found in regards to the incompetent board and the incompetent director. The board and the director are employed and paid good money to bring Aboriginal people up to a standard of health acceptable by the wider community. We trust the board and the director to do the right things by us people. Were they only bringing their own bank balances up to speed?


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