Associate Professor Noel Hayman

“I love what I do. I am honoured to have the opportunity to care for my people and to influence Indigenous Health policy.”

Associate Professor Dr Noel Hayman is one of Australia’s leading Indigenous health experts and advocates.

Hayman was Queensland’s first Indigenous doctor; he has dedicated the past 27-years of his life to improving health care, health policy and life expectancy for Indigenous Australians.

In his current role as Clinical Director of the Inala Indigenous Health Service, Hayman cultivates and trains Indigenous doctors, advanced trainees in paediatrics, visiting specialists and GP Registrars to further Indigenous health research and outcomes.

Under his leadership, the Inala Health Service has become a centre of excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care.

Over the past decade, he has helped increase the number of patients visiting the centre from 12 to more than 6,000 regular patients - with patients travelling from all over Brisbane to attend.

Hayman has taken on a variety of leadership roles within local, state and national organisations. He was Advisor to the Rudd Government Close the Gap Program and was a committee member on the Australian Primary Health Care Strategy. He was also a member of the Andrology Australia Board and a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

For a decade, he served as foundation Secretary of the Australia Indigenous Doctor’s Association, and Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Expert Advisory Group for the Royal Australian College of Physicians, receiving the College Medal in 2010.

Hayman’s immense contributions to Indigenous health and the Queensland community have been recognised by an array of accolades including 2011 Queensland Australian of the Year and a Centenary Medal Award in 2008.

Hayman is also a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FAFPHM), the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and the Royal Australasian College of General Practice (FRACGP).


Indigenous Community Impact Award
Gatton Gold Medal


Diploma in Applied Science
Bachelor of Applied Science
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Master of Public Health