HE'S ONLY been in Australia for three days, but the new face of central Queensland healthcare Len Richards has already launched into his new role.
The new Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CQHHS) chief executive will visit Gladstone Hospital next week to learn more about health care problems in the area.
"Central Queensland is very nice, different to the UK, and will offer new challenges for me in my career," Dr Richards said.
"I'm getting around to talking to people, staff and working out different parts of the organisation."
Dr Richards comes from the UK and has worked as the Barts Health chief operating officer, under the National Health Service (NHS).
He also spent a few years abroad working in the Middle East before settling in London.
Now Dr Richards is busy creating his second overseas adventure in central Queensland.
"Moving to Australia was always something that we wanted to do as a family," Dr Richards said.
"My wife and I worked abroad before we had children and now we're doing it again."
Dr Richards said his experience working in a large hospital system would stand him in good stead when dealing with Gladstone's health care woes.
"When I worked in East London it had a large industrial workforce, so... I've worked in places comparable to Gladstone, but I'll also welcome any new challenges that may come about," he said.
And Dr Richards is supportive of Gladstone Hospital director of medical services Dr Nicki Murdock's push to make Gladstone Hospital a training mecca in 2014.