About Us



The Ronald McDonald House Charities North Australia Chapter operates the following programs across North Queensland and the Northern Territory:


Ronald McDonald House Charities North Australia improves the health and well-being of seriously ill children and their families through practical care programs.

 Our hospital-adjacent House, open since 2004, can accommodate over 100 people each night.  The average length of stay for these families is 2-3 months—a long time away from friends, family and normal day-to-day life. We assist with travel, clothing, food and other essentials that families need during a medical emergency. Our families come from across the north Australia region, including Cairns and Hinterland, Torres Strait and Papua New Guinea, Darwin and Northern Territory, Mackay, Rockhampton and the Whitsundays region, Townsville and surrounds, and Mount Isa and North and Central West Queensland.

In addition to accommodation, Ronald McDonald House Charities North Australia also offers a Learning Program which operates across the north Australia region and into the Northern Territory, that allows children that have suffered serious and chronic illness to catch up on their schooling and provides scholarships to assist with further education, ensuring every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential, a Family Retreat in Palm Cove that gives families with a critically sick child the chance to take time out together for a fun family holiday or space to recover from a bereavement, and a Family Room located within Townsville Hospital, which is a ‘home-within-the-hospital’ and provides a place of respite away from clinical areas for the entire family to share a meal, shower, wash clothes, relax or catch up on sleep whilst they are visiting their sick little one in hospital.


Name Title
Paul Rissman Chair
Matthew Mason Deputy Chair
Janelle Doyle Secretary
Aileen Cull Treasurer
Vicki Carson Board Director
Michael Jones Board Director
Susan Kinobe Board Director
Emma Meeking Board Director
Trevor Prior Board Director
Jeffrey Reibel Board Director
Brigadier Scott Winter Board Director
Ken Wood Board Director
Dr. Andrew White Board Director


Name Title
Collette Beck Communications & Marketing Coordinator
Marnie Bricknell Community Relations and Communications Manager
Sandi Burt Learning & Activities Manager
Amy Cooper (Currently on Maternity Leave) Chief Executive Officer
Jenn Cowman (Currently on Maternity Leave) Communications Manager
Paul Doherty Townsville Operations Manager
Tina Cornell Volunteer After-hours Caretaker
Nychelle Ford Volunteer Coordinator
Graham and Coralie Gordon-Stables Volunteer After-hours Caretakers
Denise Lumsden Acting Chief Executive Officer
Taliah Kennedy Hospitality & Housekeeping Officer
Megan Palmer Community Engagement Executive - Cairns
Stacey Sergeant Executive Coordinator
Tamara South Business and Programs Manager
Tania Runge Business Support Coordinator
Leanne Williams Education Coordinator Northern Territory


The Ronald McDonald House Charities North Australia Chapter could not continue to operate without the generous support from the local business and members of the community.

Fundraising for the Ronald McDonald House Charities North Australia Chapter is easy! Email us or check out our fundraising page for more information. 


Ronald McDonald House Charities North Australia

100 Angus Smith Drive, Douglas, QLD
T (07) 4775 5600 | F (07) 4775 5700 | E na@rmhc.org.au

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To request accessible versions of the PDFs listed below, please email na@rmhc.org.au 

2017 Audited Financials.pdf PDF - 0.15 Mb
Our Mission_Vision.pdf PDF - 0.16 Mb
Registration Certificate - ACNC.pdf PDF - 0.11 Mb