Linda Patat | Health Service Chief Executive

Linda is an accomplished senior executive whose strategic leadership and management has spanned across an almost thirty year career – including acute, post-acute and community healthcare; not-for-profit sector; education; mental health services; policy and aged care – at local, regional and statewide levels.

Linda is a Registered Nurse, holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) specialising in Innovation and Leadership, and is an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

Linda is particularly passionate about rural and remote healthcare, and is committed to positive social change and social justice – including technologies and innovations that impact the health, wellness and social sectors.

Before joining South West Hospital and Health Service, Linda held the positions of Executive Director Clinical Governance Metro North Hospital and Health Service, and Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer positions at Royal Children’s Hospital, West Moreton Hospital and Health Service, and Toowoomba Hospital.

Rodney Landers | Senior Indigenous Health Coordinator

Dr Tim Smart | Executive Director of Medical Services and Clinical Governance

Tim comes with a wealth of experience and has had a successful international career as a senior executive, manager and clinician over a period of approximately 40 years. Tim is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, holds Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, and has undertaken roles as a senior Medical Administrator since 1997 in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific. Tim has a proven track record in medical administration, workforce development, clinical governance and medico-legal matters and brings particular strengths and a wealth of experience in these areas. During his career, Tim has worked in the public and private sectors and held Executive Director Medical Services roles across Queensland in the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service and Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service, and Regional Medical Director roles across Western Australia.

Jeffrey Potter | Acting Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services

Jeff brings a wealth of clinical experience to the South West having a Registered General Certificate, Bachelor of Nursing, Cardiac Care Certificate, Intensive Care Certificate, Graduate Certificate of Management and Master of Business Management.

One of Jeff’s greatest professional achievement was when worked with the ACU School of Health. He successfully applied for funding to develop and commission the first Clinical School in a private hospital in the Darling Downs and subsequently awarded the honorary title of Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Fellow of Australian Catholic University appointed in recognition of past achievements and his leadership in the area of Clinical Services.

Jeff’s passion for the health lies in his belief that we can all as individuals and a collective workforce make the difference in achieving excellence in our patient’s experience.

Helen Wassman | Allied Health Professional Lead

Helen is a senior occupational therapist with more than 30 years of clinical experience across acute, sub-acute and community healthcare in the public and private sectors. She has extensive leadership and management experience in both tertiary hospitals and regional healthcare settings.

Helen has been working for the South West Hospital and Health Service (SWHHS) as part of the management team since 2011 and is currently the Service Director for the Adults Health Service in Roma.

In addition to her Service Director role, Helen is the SWHHS’s representative for Allied Health on the Queensland Clinical Senate, which provides strategic advice and leadership on system-wide issues affecting the quality, affordability and efficiency of patient care within the health system in Queensland. She is also the SWHHS Allied Health representative on the Statewide Rural and Remote Clinical Network, which brings clinicians together to promote equitable health outcomes to improve access to services for Queenslanders living in rural and remote communities. In this role, Helen engages broadly with rural and remote clinicians, partners and other stakeholders to lead strategic and professional discussions relating to key rural workforce initiatives to inform policy, decision making and service improvements.

Before joining the South West Hospital Health Service, Helen worked in the Northern Territory for five years managing the Occupational Therapy Department at the Royal Darwin Hospital.

Helen has a passion for ensuring rural and remote healthcare is innovative and sustainable, guaranteeing the patient experience is always at the centre of quality health care. She believes in partnering with the community and consumers to co-design service delivery and to ask, ‘What is possible in the health journey?’

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Julie McNeill | Acting Executive Director Primary and Community Care

Julie is an experienced and goal-oriented health care manager with a demonstrated ability to provide strategic and operational leadership for the management and planning of health care service delivery across Ambulatory and Community service lines.

Julie has demonstrated ability to provide clinical and corporate governance across multidisciplinary healthcare teams along with excelling in demonstrating knowledge and skills for leading change management and service redesign in healthcare. As a physiotherapist and health care manager, Julie always demonstrates excellence patient centred care with a strong clinical focus.

Samantha Edmonds | Executive Director Finance, Infrastructure and Corporate Services

Sam has been working as General Manager, Far North District Council, Northland New Zealand leading the delivery of the organisations Corporate Services including finance, IT, risk and improvement, governance and service delivery.  Sam has qualifications including a CPA Australia and Bachelor of Accountancy. Sam has worked as a Chief Information Officer,  Manager Business Solutions, and has an in-depth level of commercial experience working in Australia and the local government sector in New Zealand.

Chris Small | Acting Executive Director Strategy, Performance and Governance

With more than 16 years’ experience in the South West Hospital and Health Service (SWHHS), Chris initially commenced in the SWHHS as the Director of Nursing/Facility Manager at the Mitchell Multipurpose Health Service (MPHS) in 2001. Chris is well experienced in metro, regional, rural and remote settings across both private and public sectors. Chris is just finalising a Master of Business Administration and has a Bachelor of Nursing complimented by post-graduate certificates in Pain, Perioperative, Rural and Remote Practice (RIPRN), and Health Management.

Helen Murray | Chief Information Officer

Helen has had a passion for all things health and IT for over 25 years. With a solid track record in delivery from her first project role implementing HBCIS through to recent eHealth Queensland collaborations with the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. Helen led the highly successful, ‘The Viewer’ program which has won awards such as the 2015 Excellence in eGovernment Award for the Gov2.0 category, 2013 and 2014 Australia Day Award, and 2012 Queensland iAwards State Merit Recipient. As one of the founding members of the National E-Health Transition Authority (now Australian Digital Health Agency), Helen was instrumental in establishing many of the key building blocks necessary for My Health Record. Helen has held senior roles in private industry delivering some of Australia and New Zealand’s first nurse-led triage call centres after spending several years with NHS Scotland. In recognition of her commitment to better healthcare through innovative technology she was the recipient of the 2011 Women in Technology Professional Award and in 2014 Women in Technology Outstanding ICT Achievement award and named as the Women in Technology ICT Ambassador for 2014.