Maxine was appointed the inaugural Patron of TIME in 2010. She is a graduate of the University of Queensland (MBBS and PhD) and also of Harvard University (MPH). Prior to her appointment as our Patron, Maxine had extensive field experience in global health, as well as having been a support of TIME’s efforts (including as a speaker in our Seminar Series).
On top of her roles with UQ and the ACITH, she is also the Chair of the WHO Special Programme of Research (Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction Country Policy and Programme Development), Executive Director of the Pacific Malaria Initiative Support Centre, Director of the Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub, Co-ordinator of the Asia-Pacific Malaria Elimination Network, and a member of the Public Health Association of Australia.
Having lived and worked in Bangladesh, Zambia, PNG, China, Vietnam, Fiji, Samoa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Vanuatu, Indonesia and Thailand, Prof. Whittaker’s global health experience is vast! She has extensive field experience in health and development policy, spending 10 years in Papua New Guinea, including as the Senior Technical Health Adviser to the National Department of Health and as a member of several national committees (Disaster Committee, Child Health, Maternal Health, Tuberculosis, Filiariasis, Sexual and Reproductive Health).
Born on the Gold Coast and living her childhood on coastal South East Queensland, Maxine relaxes by going to the beach, playing social tennis and reading. She also enjoys attending the arts – theatre, opera, concerts, ballet and art galleries. Maxine has a collection of artifacts and naïve art, some of which is on display at her office.