Our Executive Leadership Team

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Our Executive Leadership Team2018-11-25T23:17:34+00:00

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.

Dr Tim Smart

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.

Mr David Tibby | Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services

David brings a highly aligned set of values to the organisation, and has key strengths and experience at an Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery services level in Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula region; in the private aged care sector; in working closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; and at a statewide level in clinical informatics and clinical governance e-health. David has worked across rural and remote and tertiary settings, and has led services across community, aged care and governance.

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Ms Wendy Jensen | Executive Director Primary and Community Care

Wendy has been with the South West Hospital and Health Service since November 2012 in Executive leadership positions including People and Culture, Chief Operations Officer and Community and Allied Health Services.  She has over 30 years experience with the Department of Health and the National Safety Council (Queensland), in a variety of management and senior leadership roles in human resources, corporate services and quality and safety management.  Wendy holds a Bachelor of Business in HR Management & Management and Leadership, a Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an associate member of the Australian Safety Institute.  Wendy shares the national and state vision of improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is focused on closing the gap in life expectancy for people in rural and remote communities.

Rob Mander | Executive Director People and Culture

Rob has been with the SWHHS since March 2017 when he joined the service in the role of Director People and Culture. He has held senior executive positions in 3 Queensland Government agencies and has 10 years’ experience in Queensland Health. Rob has also worked in the commercial sector in both HR and consultancy roles. Rob is passionate about improving the health outcomes for the communities of the South West and is committed to developing the South West Hospital and Health Service workforce to reach their potential. Rob is focused on developing solutions to the challenges facing rural and remote communities. He firmly believes that a high performing and engaged workforce will achieve the South West Hospital and Health Service vision of a being a national leader in rural and remote healthcare delivery.

Ms Samantha Edmonds | Executive Director Finance and Infrastructure 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.

Cameron Castles

Cameron Castles | Executive Director Strategy and Planning

Cameron brings extensive managerial and director level experience from a variety of State Government industries such as Transport Customer Service, Road Safety, Transport Compliance and Passenger Transport in the Southern Region area and regional program and business management in Main Roads. Cameron has spent 5 years in Local Government as the Director of Infrastructure Services giving him firsthand experience in dealing with issues at a local level. This included being responsible for Strategic Asset Planning & Delivery across Airports, Flood Mitigation, Enterprise Risk, Quality, Safety & Environment, Emergency Management (Disaster Preparedness and Response), Infrastructure Contracts, Resource Coordination (Goods and Materials, Water, Gravel, Plant, Depots, Workshops and Quarry), Roads, Drainage & Parks, Water, Sewerage & Gas. Cameron provides a fresh approach to Strategy and Planning within the South West HHS. With a strong focus on customer and client services, corporate governance, finance and human resource management, while valuing the importance of workplace health and safety, the environment and cultural heritage. Cameron has a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management and a Graduate Certificate in Management, and is currently completing a Master in Public Policy and Management.

Helen Murray

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.

Chris Small | Executive Director Transformation Programs

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.