The South West HHS is a statutory body as defined by the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 (the Act) and is independently and locally controlled by a Board appointed by the Governor in Council, as recommended by the Queensland Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services.
The Board must perform its functions and exercise its powers in accordance with the provisions of the Act.
The Board provides governance of the South West HHS and is responsible for its financial performance, strategic objectives, quality of healthcare services and strengthening community engagement through meaningful consultation and collaboration.
The Board has the responsibility to ensure that the South West HHS performs its functions under Section 19 of the Act.
It must ensure the delivery of hospital and health services is in accordance with the terms of the service agreement with the Department of Health.
The Board also has the responsibility for the appointment of the Chief Executive.
The Board has delegated to the Health Service Chief Executive (including any person in that position on an acting basis) all the powers and functions of the Board which it may lawfully delegate, save those reserved to the Board.
Our Board is a professional skills-based board with members that possess skills and expertise in health management, primary health care, clinical areas, business management, financial management, compliance, legal and knowledge of consumer and community issues. Board Members contribute to the governance of the South West HHS collectively as a Board through attendance at Board and committee meetings, plus other stakeholder and community engagement activities.
Karen was appointed Board Chair on May 18, 2020. Ms Karen Tully is a self-employed advocacy, facilitation, leadership and governance expert based in Charleville. With substantial directorship experience, and a background in education, Karen is skilful in strategic planning and brings her ability of future thinking to the South West Hospital and Health Board. Full Profile.
Mrs Claire Alexander is a highly experienced, analytical and strategic professional in the specialist field of strategic financial management, in both public and private sectors. Claire is a certified practising accountant (CPA) and brings extensive knowledge in accounting principles and Australian Accounting standards to the South West Hospital and Health Board. Full Profile.
Mr Ray Chandler has 30 years experience in executive, corporate services, finance, human resource, infrastructure, project and operations management roles in the private and public sectors; with 21 of those years in Queensland Health. Ray’s health service delivery knowledge at both the strategic and operational level will prove invaluable to the South West Hospital and Health Board and the future direction of the Health Service. Full Profile.
Ms Fiona Gaske is a former Deputy Mayor for Balonne Shire Council, a member of the St George community and a highly-experienced Speech Pathologist. Fiona brings her passion and advocacy for public health services in rural and remote communities to the South West Hospital and Health Board. Full Profile.
Mrs Jan Chambers is a former Deputy Mayor for the Maranoa Regional Council, an active member of the Maranoa community and passionate about the delivery of services to rural and remote communities. Full Profile.
Dr Mark Waters is a medical practitioner who has worked in Ipswich, Mt Isa, Ayr and Gympie. He has also held management roles in the metropolitan area and brings a wealth of medical and managerial skills and experience to the South West Hospital and Health Board. Full Profile
Kerry is a descendant of the Mardigan Mob from around the Quilpie area and grew up In Cunnamulla and has been Involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service delivery for many years. She was the foundation chair for Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health. Kerry brings a wealth of Information to the Board In relation to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Full Profile