Australian Respiratory Council

About ARC


David Hugh Macintosh AM

Citation for Life Governor

David Macintosh has devoted an enormous amount of time, energy and resources into ARC and other charitable bodies, which are dedicated to improving respiratory health of communities and promoting research in respiratory disease.

He has served on the Council of the Australian Lung Foundation for over a decade and he has been a member of the Board of the Australian Respiratory Council (ARC) since 1995 and he has been our ARC President since 2000. He is also a Governor of the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research (which is a charitable respiratory research institute) and he has chaired its Finance Committee since 2006.

He joined the Board at the time it was called Community Health & Anti-TB Association (CHATA). He was instrumental in moving CHATA from being a somewhat financially stagnant body to being an extremely progressive organization, with substantial financial returns from its invested funds. These funds were able to support important projects and research to improve respiratory health in underprivileged communities.

With his professional experience in property development and management, he was able to direct CHATA through its re-location from a quiet suburban location to a high profile CBD address. This has been a major step in the progress of the ARC to achieve its objectives as a major player in the field of respiratory charitable bodies.

In addition to his role in ARC, he has established and personally funded the Macintosh Foundation which provides the funding of the Macintosh Chair of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at the Children’s Hospital Westmead. This is a magnificent example of his dedication to promoting respiratory health in the community and the humane care of patients with respiratory illness.

He has chaired the Board of ARC (formerly CHATA) since 2000. During this time he has used his finely tuned leadership, financial and management skills to expand the reach of the ARC to beyond a national role to be influential in respiratory care in the Western Pacific and in Papua New Guinea.

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