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?’