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The new CQ Health board members that made the cut

The Palaszczuk Labor Government has announced the appointment of six members to the board of the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said it was great to see a diverse board appointed to lead the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service.

Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick.
Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick. AAP Image - Dan Peled

"These appointments reflect the Palaszczuk Government's commitment to ensure we have diverse representation at all levels of leadership for government bodies," he said.

Mr Dick said the Department of Health had run an extensive recruitment process to attract a diverse range of applicants. More than 900 applications were received state wide for this appointment round. 

He said that the following appointees would take up their positions on the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board with effect from 18 May 2016:

  • Mr Paul Bell AM (Chair) is an accomplished company director with 25 years' experience at senior levels. Mr Bell has a history of board leadership in the health, energy, rail, superannuation and community services sector. He has a passion for good governance and shaping commercial, innovative and responsive organisations for shareholders and communities.
  • Dr Poya Sobhanian is a qualified dentist and current Gladstone Region Councillor. He is a member of the Business Improvement Committee for the Council, as well as a member of the Australian Dental Association Dental Workforce and Education Committee.
  • Dr Anna Vanderstaay is a local GP and has worked in a number of rural and remote areas of Queensland. Born and raised in Rockhampton, Dr Vanderstaay has worked in a number of hospitals throughout the state, across a number of clinical specialties, and brings valuable health knowledge to the board. She is also an active member of the local primary healthcare team.
  • Ms Lisa Caffery has a background in journalism and communications, and has experience in stakeholder and community engagement. She has worked for several large organisations in the region and is currently Chair of the Central Highlands Science Centre Inc Board and a Non-Executive Director on the Central Highlands (QLD) Housing Company Board.
  • Professor Leone Hinton is the Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Central Queensland University and has been on the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board for three years. Professor Hinton is constantly working to ensure solid health policy and effective and efficient governance support the local community. She is also a member of the Council of Ageing and the Australian Rural Health Alliance.
  • Mr Frank Houlihan has more than 30 years of community, public and private sector service and has operated an accountancy practice in both Emerald and Rockhampton since 1986. As a foundation member of the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board, Mr Houlihan is passionate about contributing to the ongoing improvements in health delivery in Central Queensland for the region's patients, staff and stakeholders

"I welcome these appointments and look forward to working closely with the board to deliver the best possible health services for people in the Central Queensland region," Mr Dick said. 

He also thanked board members whose appointments would expire on 17 May 2016 for their service.

"I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the work and dedication of these members," he said.

"Service as a Hospital and Health Board member is a significant undertaking. I thank them for their service to the local community and wish them well for their future endeavours."   



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