Claire Boardman

Deputy Director, RHDAustralia


Masters of Public Health, University of Melbourne, 2005; Bachelor of Applied Science (Nsg), Monash University, 1991; Graduate Diploma in Infection Control, University of Western Sydney, 1995; CICP ACIPC, Credentialed member, Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC), 2009.


Darwin Royal Darwin Hospital


Claire has worked in both public and private health sectors and in February 2013 was appointed as deputy director, RHDAustralia based at Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin where she works with jurisdictions and Indigenous communities to improve healthcare outcomes for those affected by acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD). Prior to this appointment Claire was privileged to be working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait island communities in public health and infection prevention and control in the Torres Strait, Far North Queensland.  

In her public health capacity Claire has worked in complex disaster and developing nation settings and has a strong ongoing interest in healthcare economics, developing nation and Indigenous health issues. Claire has held a number of State and National appointments including President of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) and was a member of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPC) Antimicrobial Resistance. She is a senior lecturer at Griffith University.

In 2013 she won one of four prestigious Council of Executive Women scholarships to attend the Australian Graduate School of Management Women in Leadership course at UNSW which has assisted her in developing her leadership skills and executive presence and, in 2014 Claire was a NT finalist for the Australian of the Year Awards.

  1. RHD Global status report 2015-2017 RHD Action pp47-49
  2. The 5x5 path towards Rheumatic Heart Disease Control: Outcomes from the Third Rheumatic Heart Disease Forum, Global Heart, WHF Journal T Johnson, A Grainger Gasser, Claire Boardman, B Remenyi, R Wyber, B Mayosi 2014
  3. B Positive - all you wanted to know about hepatitis B: a guide for primary care providers, Chapter 11 - Infection control and Occupational health. C Boardman, J Richmond Book Chapter 2013
  4. Stuart, R., Marshall, C., McLaws, M., Boardman, C., Russo, P.,  Harrington, G., & Ferguson, J. (2011). ASID/AICA position statement – Infection control guidelines for patients with Clostridium difficile infection in healthcare settings. Healthcare Infection,16, 33-39
  5. Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2010), NHMRC
  6. Bull, A.L., Russo, P.L., Friedman, N.D., Bennett, N.J., Boardman, C.J. & Richards, M.J. (2006). Compliance with surgical antibiotic prophylaxis – reporting from a statewide surveillance programme in Victoria, Australia. Journal of Hospital Infection, 63(2).
  7. MacIntyre, C.R., Empson, M., Boardman, C., Sindhusake, D., Lokan, J., & Brown, G. (2001). A case control study to determine risk factors for colonisation with VRE in a Melbourne hospital. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. Journal of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 22, 624-9.
  8. Russo, P.L.,  Bull, A., Bennett, N., Boardman, C., Burrell, S., Motley, J., et al. (2005). Infections after coronary artery bypass graft surgery in Victorian hospitals--VICNISS Hospital Acquired Infection Surveillance. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 29, 244-8. 
  9. Marshall, J., Botes, J., Gorrie, G., Boardman, C, Gregory, J., Griffith, J., et al. (2003). Rotavirus detection and characterisation in outbreaks of gastroenteritis in aged-care facilities. Journal of Clinical Virology, 28, 331-40 
  1. Sharing a Heartbeat: Rheumatic heart disease movie released in Darwin

    Sharing a Heartbeat: Rheumatic heart disease movie released in Darwin


    A push for more awareness around the effects of rheumatic heart disease on pregnancy has led to a film developed, written, and directed by Australian Indigenous women.

  2. Rheumatic	Heart	Disease in	Australia - End	Game	funding	 provides	pathway	to protect	Australian	Indigenous	youth

    Rheumatic Heart Disease in Australia - End Game funding provides pathway to protect Australian Indigenous youth


  3. Australian of the Year Honour Roll

    Australian of the Year Honour Roll


  4. Leadership potential of all women a top priority

    Leadership potential of all women a top priority


    Four Australian women have been awarded scholarships to attend the Women in Leadership program at the Australian Graduate School of Management this year.