The Queensland government has appointed a new North West Hospital and Health Service Board nine months after it controversially sacked the old board.
In June last year Health Minister Yvette D'Ath appointed former Queensland Health Director-General Michael Walsh as Administrator in place of the North West Hospital and Health Service Board just weeks after she issued a show cause notice to board members with chair Paul Woodhouse resigning after 10 years service.
The government put the call out for a new board in October and finally it named a new nine-person board which includes appointments from two to four years.
Ms D'Ath said the new members had experience across a wide variety of sectors including local government, primary care, medical administration, clinical education, construction, finance and children's advocacy.
"I know these new members will bring their knowledge, experience and leadership to the table to focus on delivering exceptional health care services to North West Queensland residents," Ms D'Ath said.
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The new chair Cheryl Vardon was the inaugural Chief Executive and Principal Commissioner of the Queensland Family and Child Commission for six years while fellow board member David Keenan comes with local government experience in his role as current CEO of the Mount Isa City Council. He was also previously the CEO of the Southern Downs Regional Council for more than five years.
They will be joined by experienced board director and academic Professor Eleanor Milligan and experienced CFO in both the private and not-for-profit sectors Thomas (Bill) Armagnacq.
Cath Brokenborough is the current Executive Lead Indigenous Engagement and Reconciliation with Lendlease Corporation and Linda Ford will bring her experience as a qualified social worker and community welfare worker. Clinicians, Jane McMillan, Dr Mellissa Naidoo and Dr Marco Giuseppin will also bring their skills to the board. Ms McMillan is also a former Cloncurry deputy mayor and acting mayor.
North West Hospital and Health Board members, effective April 1:
- Ms Cheryl Vardon (Chair)
- Professor Eleanor Milligan
- Mr Thomas (Bill) Armagnacq
- Ms Catherine (Cath) Brokenborough
- Ms Linda Ford
- Mr David Keenan
- Ms Jane McMillan
- Dr Mellissa Naidoo
- Dr Marco Giuseppin
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