Gladstone now controls 5 hospitals with new health role

A NEW appointment at Gladstone Hospital will join more closely the hospitals of Gladstone, Biloela, Theodore, Moura and Baralaba.

Frances Forbes has taken up a newly created position, as executive director of operations. She oversees all five hospitals.

Dr Nicki Murdock is now executive director of medical services for the same five hospitals, whereas her previous role oversaw all operations at Gladstone alone.

Originally a registered nurse in New South Wales, Ms Forbes has spent most of her working life in nurse education and hospital administration, mainly in the private sector in Australia.

She has also had extensive experience in the public sector, in hospital administration in Christchurch, New Zealand.


She sees her role in central Queensland as one where she will work closely with Dr Murdock to ensure hospital patients are well served.

"A huge amount has already been done in Gladstone with the Rio Tinto-led Here for Health plan, which is an amazing initiative, which could be emulated in many other communities around Australia," she said.

"And I can see similar principles, such as finding permanent people to take up what have been locum positions in the past, which leads to continuity of healthcare."

Ms Forbes said the Gladstone Hospital had made some massive improvements under Dr Murdock's care, and she was certain that trend would continue, with both people working to the same goal.

Although she said she found it hard to tear herself away from work sometimes, Ms Forbes spends her leisure hours gardening, renovating, doing craft work, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

"I've already come to really enjoy Gladstone and I'm sure that feeling will only increase with time," she said.

"I believe a hospital needs to be very close to its community and my aim is to improve that relationship."

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