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

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.

Dr Ross Duncan

Dr Ross Duncan | Acting Executive Director of Medical Services and Clinical Governance

Ross has extensive experience across all aspects of medical management, including clinical governance and quality improvement in hospitals in Australia and internationally. He has been a senior medical executive in university teaching hospitals, regional hospitals and health services and in recent years in remote and rural settings. Internationally he worked as a medical director in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for fourteen years and during this time was instrumental in implementing quality improvement and accreditation systems into the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC), a 660 bed tertiary referral and teaching hospital in Riyadh.

He was the first Australian to undertake the Advanced Training Program in quality improvement run by Professor Brent James at Intermountain Health Care in Utah. Subsequently he introduced and implemented the international hospital accreditation program of the Australian Council on Health Care Standards across the Middle East and in India.

In recent years Ross has been EDMS in North West HHS and DMS in Central Queensland HHS.

Karen Waite

Karen Waite | Acting Executive Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance

Karen is an experienced health leader, bringing over 18 years of senior management in enhancing and developing organisational performance and delivery. Karen’s career has stretched across the public and Not For Profit sectors in acute, commissioning, primary care, mental health and aged care at local and state levels, delivering strategy, service planning and redesign, and complex transformation programs.

Before joining the South West, Karen worked as a senior manager for Blue Care services across South West QLD, and the Darling Downs and South West Qld Medicare Local. Previously Karen worked in the NHS England for eleven years, the last three as the Senior Corporate Governance Manager overseeing the South of England health system at the South of England Strategic Health Authority based in Berkshire England; and was Head of Corporate Governance at the Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust in Cornwall, UK.

Karen is a resilient and adaptable change-leader who enjoys the collaboration involved in partnering and setting achievable plans that are centred around meeting healthcare needs, organisational efficiency, and healthy workforce.

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?’

Sharon Sweeney

Sharon Sweeney| Executive Director Primary and Community Care

Sharon is an experienced health executive whose career over thirty years has spanned public sector, private sector (consulting) and non-government organisations. Sharon has contributed to the development and delivery of the national cancer screening programs, and has knowledge and experience in health service development and delivery, strategic and service planning, policy development, health service monitoring and evaluation, health service management, eHealth and project management.

Sharon has a Master of Population Health degree, Master of Health Services Management degree and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.  Before joining South West Hospital and Health Service, her recent positions included General Manager – Primary Health for the Brisbane South PHN, Manager – Population Health Planning and Evaluation Unit for the Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN, General Manager – Primary Health Care and Service Integration at West Moreton-Oxley Medicare Local.

Having begun her career as a Data Manager, she has a passion for using data to drive outcomes.  She is highly committed to person-centred, value-based healthcare that delivers equitable and effective population health outcomes.

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 | Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery

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.

Amie Amish-Mills

Amie Mish-Wills  | Director Organisational Development

Amie brings with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise following her years of practice in the field of Industrial Relations leading Health, Government and private organisations with considered advice across a broad range of Employment and Industrial Relations matters. As an employment and Industrial Relations lawyer, Amie specialises in providing considered, strategic advice regarding legislative compliance with workplace laws, adopting sound industrial relations strategies, effective change management initiatives and where necessary, dispute resolution, both internal and external, including those lodged in the Industrial Relations Commission, Federal Circuit Court and the Human Rights Commission. Amie previously worked as a Senior Workplace Relations Advisor for the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service and holds a Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland and the Queensland Law Society.

In recognition of her achievements as a young leading professional, Amie was the recipient of the 2019 Emergent Woman Lawyer of the Year Award presented by the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland.