Warwick well represented on Darling Downs health board
WARWICK has another representative on the board of the region’s major health service body.
Corinne Butler is among six members appointed to the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service board.
She joins former Director of Nursing at Warwick Hospital Megan O’Shannessy and Condamine Medical Centre’s Dr Ross Hetherington.
Board chair Mike Horan said he was honoured to continue in his role.
“I believe one of the strengths of the Board structure since July 2012 has been having strong representation from rural communities and that is set to continue with both the continuing and
new Board members,” Mr Horan said.
“I welcome to the Board Warwick resident Corinne Butler, who has a background in business and human resources and is the Chair of Destination Southern Downs, and Dr Ruth Terwijn, an accomplished academic who has authored many publications and lectured at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba.
“They join an experienced and dedicated Board that is committed to improving patient care and supporting staff development.
“We are very proud of the health service’s achievements over the past four years in meeting national targets for access to emergency treatment, on-time elective surgery, no-one waiting longer than clinically recommended for an outpatient appointment, and reduced waits for dental treatment.”
Mr Horan said hosting every second Board meeting in a rural area had worked well in setting the health service’s direction.
“We will continue to travel right across the health service to hear first-hand from staff and local stakeholders about the issues that affect them.
“This level of engagement has helped inform some of the Board’s funding decisions to support projects such as Stanthorpe Hospital’s maternity unit refurbishment and Goondiwindi’s palliative care room.”
Mr Horan commended the work of outgoing Board members Dr Jeff Prebble, who has retired, and Terry Fleischfresser.
“I would like to thank them for their hard work and commitment on the Board since its inception in July 2012.Their contribution has been greatly valued.”