Health Service Chief Executive

Dr Anthony Brown

Dr Anthony Brown

Dr Anthony Brown joined South West Hospital and Health Service (South West HHS) in August 2021. Previous to this he practiced as a rural generalist doctor for more than 30 years.

Anthony is a highly regarded senior executive with outstanding health sector knowledge and brings a wealth of experience in delivering quality healthcare. He has significant skills in primary health care, in Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory.

Throughout his career he has improved access to care in the rural and remote communities. He has done this by using his highly developed skills in strategy, collaboration and advocacy to build trusting relationships that deliver 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.

Executive Director
Finance, Infrastructure and Corporate Services

Samantha Edmonds

Sam Edmonds

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.

Executive Director
Medical Services and Clinical Governance

Dr Debra Tennett

Dr Deb Tennett

Dr Debra (Deb) joined the South West HHS in 2021. Deb has extensive rural experience, having previously worked in Tasmania, Kingaroy, Tara, Miles and, most recently, at Gympie Hospital.

Deb is passionate about delivering the best healthcare to our rural and remote communities. She’s committed to:

  • providing compassionate care
  • striving for excellence
  • doing our best to deliver person-centred care
  • ensuring the best health outcomes for South West communities.

Deb is currently completing a Masters of Health Management and holds the following:

  • a Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP)
  • a Fellowship with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
  • Advanced Rural Skills Training in Anaesthesia and Obstetrics
  • a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Executive Director
Nursing and Midwifery Services

Chris Small

Chris Small

Chris joined the Executive Leadership Team in 2009. Previous to this he was the Director of Nursing and Facility Manager of Mitchell Multipurpose Health Service from 2001.

Chris holds the function of the Chief Operating Officer for South West HHS facilities and as the Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery Services provides professional leadership for all nurses and midwives for the HHS .

Chris is a passionate rural and remote nurse. He has dedicated his time in the South West to improving the nursing and midwifery profession,

improving facility design and person centred services that support our team’s role in the consumer’s health journey.

Hospital trained before achieving a Bachelor of Nursing, Chris holds 4 Graduate Certificates and has completed a Masters in Business Administration.

Chris is driven to:

  • improve person-centred care
  • improve access to services
  • applying improvement science to ensure that services are codesigned with consumers to meet the highest quality.

Executive Director, People and Culture

Katie Eckersley

Katie Eckersley

Katie joined South West HHS in October 2022. She brings significant leadership experience working in organisations with a focus on enabling the delivery of exceptional health care and service performance.

Katie is a dedicated leader focused on enabling performance and continuous improvement with expertise in:

  • strategy development
  • operational execution
  • workforce and leadership development
  • managing complex change.

Katie is committed to meaningful stakeholder engagement and collaboration with an ability to create and strengthen positive and effective teaming environments.

An experienced leader, Katie:

  • supports the achievement of organisational and service key performance indicators
  • strengthens workforce and stakeholder engagement
  • builds collaborative processes and shared success.

Executive Director
Primary and Community Care

Rebecca Greenway

Rebecca Greenway

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.

Most recently, Rebecca has performed the role of Health Incident Controller for the South West HHS. This role has been pivotal in managing both the strategic and operational response for Covid-19 in the South West Region.

Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Engagement

Randall Taylor

Randall Taylor

Randall is a proud Aboriginal man, born in Dirranbandi and a descendant of the Yuwaalaraay / Euahlayi mob. He joined the South West HHS Executive Team in March 2022.

Randall is a collaborative leader who is all about building positive, authentic relationships to achieve health equity for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. He has over 20 years experience working with, and advocating for, improved outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in rural and urban environments.

Randall previously worked in the South West in his younger years, as a wardsman and Assistant in Nursing. He then moved to Toowoomba to complete his Nursing Degree and later his Master of Nursing at University of Southern Queenland.

Randall is also an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness Facilitator and an Authorised Mental Health Practitioner. He has also completed Diabetes Education and Management training.

Executive Director, Allied Health

Helen Wassman

Helen Wassman

Helen originally joined South West HHS in 2011. She’s 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 also has extensive leadership and management experience in both tertiary hospitals and regional healthcare settings.

Helen is our allied health representative on the Queensland Clinical Senate and Statewide Rural and Remote Clinical Network.

She has a passion for making sure:

  • rural and remote healthcare is multidisciplinary, innovative and sustainable
  • the patient experience is always at the centre of quality health care.

She also believes in partnering with the community and consumers to co-design service delivery that best suits their needs.

Chief Information Officer

Helen Murray

Helen Murray

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 delivering innovative technologies in rural and remote Queensland.

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 and 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.

Originally from the Darling Downs, Helen is a practising Registered Nurse of over 30 years with both hospital-based and tertiary qualifications, including a Bachelor of Nursing and a Graduate Certificate of Information Technology. Helen brings extensive experience as a Company Director serving on several not-for-profit Boards and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Last updated: December 2022