Dr Tony Brown has practiced as a rural generalist doctor in rural and remote Australia for more than 30 years.
Tony is a highly regarded senior executive with outstanding health sector knowledge and brings a wealth of experience in delivering quality healthcare including significant skills in primary health care.
He is passionate about equity of resourcing and the delivery of excellent health care to rural and remote Australians and improving the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and strives to improve quality and safety of care in the primary and secondary health care domains. He believes that improvements will only occur through empowering our communities and stakeholders to be partners in delivery of the services that affect them.
His life’s mission has been to address the inequity of health outcomes for rural and remote Australians and for 32 years, he has served in various rural communities in Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory.
Tony is the Chair of the Queensland State-wide Rural and Remote Clinical Network and has served as a Rural Generalist with advanced skills in obstetrics and has been influential in the creation of several board led organisations for rural medical education and training and also for the delivery of primary healthcare.
Throughout his career he has improved access to care in the rural and remote communities through using his highly developed skills in strategy, collaboration and advocacy to build trusting relationships that deliver the necessary outcomes. He has a genuine passion and commitment to address the gap in health outcomes for remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
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 is the Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services and has held this position since 2009. Over this period, he has consolidated his knowledge through a number of opportunities by relieving in the positions of Executive Director Strategy, Performance and Governance, Executive Director Strategy and Innovation and Quality and Safety. Previous to 2009, Chris was the Director of Nursing/Facility Manager at Mitchell Multipurpose Health Service for 8 years.
Chris has worked across a number of private and public facilities during his 30 year career and has spent the past 20 years working in rural and remote south west Queensland. Improving person-centred care, access to services and improvement science to ensure that services are codesigned with consumers and meet the highest quality continues to drive Chris’ work ethic. Chris is a passionate rural and remote nurse and has dedicated his time in the South West to improving the nursing and midwifery profession and nursing and midwifery’s role in the consumer’s health journey.
Chris is committed to lifelong learning; he was hospital trained before achieving a Bachelor of Nursing, holds 4 Graduate Certificates and has recently completed a Masters in Business Administration.
Dr Tennett joined the South West Hospital and Health Service in January 2021 and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for rural and remote health care.
Debbie has completed her Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice, Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, Advanced Rural Skills Training in Anaesthesia and Obstetrics, as well as a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and is currently completing her Masters of Health Management.
Passionate about delivering the best healthcare to our rural and remote communities, Debbie is committed to the provision compassionate care, striving for excellence and doing our best to deliver person-centred and ensuring the best health outcomes for South West communities.
Debbie also has extensive rural experience, having previously worked from Tasmania to Kingaroy, Tara and Miles and, most recently, at Gympie Hospital.
Rodney is a proud Aboriginal man from the Mandandanji people in Roma, South West Queensland. The Mandandanji traditional owners have a 9, 000-year history in the Western area of Queensland, and have a strong connection with, and care for, the country. Having spent almost 10 years away from Roma while he broadened his knowledge, Rodney furthered his education and career experience so he could return to his community to help in rural and remote healthcare.
Since returning in 2003, Rodney has played an integral role in the South West Hospital and Health Service, and led initiatives focused on improving the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and strengthening the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce.
Rodney is the inaugural Chair of the SWHHS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership Advisory Council, working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their representatives and communities, and partnering with Aboriginal Medical Services to provide advice to the HSCE and SWHH Board on matters pertaining to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – to achieve equality in health status and life expectancy. Working through a strengths-based approach, Rodney assists the organisation to ensure policies, services and programs focus on improving health, social and emotional wellbeing, and resilience, and promote positive health behaviours emphasising the centrality of culture in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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?’
Rebecca has a passion for rural and remote nursing having lived and worked in these areas for over twenty years. Growing up on a sheep and cattle property in the Augathella District, and being educated through the School of Distance Education in conjunction with School of The Air Charleville, the welfare and sustainability of rural communities has always been a priority and passion for Rebecca.
The untimely death of her Father, from a potentially preventable condition, has inspired her to build a career in health, and ensure the health and wellbeing of rural people, is equitable and contemporary.
Rebecca has held various nursing positions across the South West including the Director of Nursing at Morven and Augathella and more recently, the Service Director of Primary and Community Care in Charleville. Rebecca also enjoyed a sabbatical in the United Kingdom, working in stem cell transplant at the University College Hospital in London and as a Medic in the Shetland Islands.
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.
Chris has over 20 years’ experience in senior human resources roles over a broad range of industries including construction, manufacturing, infrastructure and health in both private and public-sector organisations.
Chris joined the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service as Director of Human Resources in 2013 and prior to joining the South West Hospital and Health Service was acting as Executive Director Workforce since March 2018.
Chris was responsible for leadership of the workforce functions including recruitment, workplace relations, learning and development, work health and safety, workforce culture and capability and workforce planning across the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service.