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.
Prefers to be called ‘Arnel’
Born in Manila, Philippines, Arnel migrated to Australia in 1990 with his family, and now resides at the Gold Coast in Queensland.
A registered medical doctor in the Philippines with a background in clinical psychology, Arnel commenced his Australian medical career in South Australia in 1993 at Flinders Medical Centre rotating in different clinical departments. After passing the AMC examination, he went into emergency medicine training for two years.
Following his move to the Gold Coast, Arnel trained in psychiatry for five years and also undertook medical administration training. As part of this training program he completed an MBA in Health Service Management finalising his training in 2008. Arnel is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.
Work experience as included a Medical Administration Specialist, Director of Medical Services (DMS) at Murwillumbah District Hospital, Network Deputy DMS, Tweed Byron Health Service Network (both in northern coast of NSW), Medical Advisor for the Federal Government, District DMS, Eurobodalla Health Service (Batemans Bay southern NSW), Regional EDMS, Limestone Coast Health Service (Mt Gambier, SA) and Regional DMS, Katherine Health Service (Katherine, NT).
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.