Chief Executive Officer, Australian Indigenous Doctors Association

Mr Mokak is a Djugun man from Broome, Western Australia who was born and grew up in the Top End of the Northern Territory. He has experience working in community, State, Commonwealth and Non Government organisations in a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy and program areas including disability, ageing, population health, health financing, substance use, medical education and workforce reform.

From 1998 to 2005, Mr Mokak worked in the Department of Health and Ageing. During his time as head of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander substance use area, he led the development of a comprehensive framework to address petrol sniffing, including the development and roll out of Opal Unleaded fuel. He was a member of the National Drug Strategy (NDS) Reference Group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples which developed the NDS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Complementary Action Plan.

Since 2005, he has been Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA). During this time AIDA has consolidated its position as a leading advocate for improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. AIDA works in a range of key areas including advocating for greater numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors, as well as improving the cultural competence of all future doctors in relation to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Mr Mokak is currently a member of the National Indigenous Health Equality Council, Close the Gap Indigenous Health Equality Campaign Steering Committee and is Chair of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress’ Chief Executive Officer’s Group.