New Cunnamulla Hospital Director of Nursing and Facility Manager Tracey-lee Maher has seen
a lot of the state before settling in Cunnamulla with her husband and three children.

Raised in Cooktown, Mrs Maher obtained her nursing degree through James Cook University in
Far North Queensland and then worked at hospitals and community health centres at Logan,
Beaudesert, Jimboomba, Townsville and Palm Island.

She is both a clinical nurse and a midwife with about 19 years nursing experience under her
belt.

“Growing up in Cooktown, I have always loved rural and remote areas and have spent much of
my nursing career developing my skills in regional areas,’’ Mrs Maher said.

“I wanted to return to rural and remote Queensland to live and work and contribute where health
care is most needed.

“My husband Hamish spent the early years of his life in Cunnamulla, so Cunnamulla seemed
like a good place for our family to move to.

“I personally have loved being in Cunnamulla since we arrived in February. Hamish and our
three children are also settling in well.

“Everyone has been so welcoming and helpful.

“We have been busy meeting people, settling in and seeing the countryside.

“I have already been privileged to experience a heat wave when we first arrived, a dust storm, a
dry flood, and a little bit of rain.’’

Mrs Maher said rural and remote nursing was both challenging and rewarding.

“Health care is managed and delivered very differently in rural and remote areas. It’s much
more personal,’’ she said.

“The ability to provide excellent health care and really make a difference in health for
communities that need it the most is one of the greatest rewards of working in regional areas.’’

Mrs Maher said she and her family were looking forward to getting to know more of the
community as they continued to settle into the town.

During her nursing career, Mrs Maher has worked in a range of nursing areas including,
medical, surgical, paediatrics, emergency, maternity and child, youth and family health.

“I have also worked in a number of different nursing positions, including registered nurse,
midwife, clinical nurse and nurse manager in various clinical areas,’’ she said.

South West Hospital and Health Service Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Chris
Small said Mrs Maher was a welcome addition to the region’s nursing ranks.

“She is a highly experienced nurse and midwife with a wide range of clinical and administrative
skills that will be of great benefit to the Cunnamulla community,’’ he said.

“The South West HHS’s ability to attract high quality nursing staff such as Tracey-lee is
indicative of how our region is increasingly being viewed as an attractive area in which to
pursue a career.’’

Mr Small said the South West HHS currently employed about 430 full, part-time and casual
nurses and midwives throughout the region.

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For further information contact:
James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379
Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au