The Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 defines the role of Central West Health’s board, which is to control the health service. The health board functions under the authority of the Act and the requirements of the Hospital and Health Boards Regulation 2012.

The health board consists of seven members appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister for Health. Board members are persons the Minister considers to have the skills, knowledge and experience required for a service to perform its functions effectively and efficiently.

The Governor in Council also approves the remuneration arrangements for all Hospital and Health board chairs, deputy chairs and members. The chairs, deputy chair and members were paid an annual salary consistent with the Government policy and guidelines on Remuneration procedures for part-time chairs and members of Queensland government bodies.

Health Board members


Health board members were appointed on the basis of their qualifications, specialist expertise and capabilities, knowledge and experience. Current health board members have a combined wide range of specialist and complementary skills which include demonstrated strategic capability, auditing, accounting and financial management skills, legal expertise, clinical expertise, governance experience, community development and media relations skills. The skill mix of the health board has enabled sound governance, effective strategic planning and sound financial and risk management during 2016.

Ms Jane Williams (Chair) has worked in rural and remote parts of Western Queensland as a Director of Nursing and Clinical Nurse in hospital based, primary health and private practice settings for more than 20 years. Ms Williams is deeply committed to improving the health and lives of Western Queenslanders and has worked in the Aboriginal communities of Woorabinda and Boulia. Ms Williams is also Chairperson of the Central West Rural Health Network and Chairperson of the Clinical Governance and Innovation Committee.

Mr David Arnold has considerable experience in senior management and has been Chief Executive Officer of the Remote Area Planning and Development Board, a not-for-profit ASIC listed company, for more than 10 years. Mr Arnold has been part of the Central West Hospital and Health Board since its formation in 2012 and is currently the Vice President of the Longreach Home and Community Care entity, which delivers care to the frail, aged, elderly and disabled.

Ms Elizabeth Fraser has worked at all levels of government providing direct human and educational services, as well as co-ordinating the development of government policy advice, managing federal and state government formal policy reviews and leading large scale organisational change in pursuit of significant State Government policy and program reforms. With a background as a social worker, she previously served as Queensland Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian from 2005 to 2013.

Dr Clare Walker is a General Practitioner with the Longreach Family Medical Practice, as well as a Senior Medical Officer with Central West Hospital and Health Service at Longreach Hospital. She is also a board member of the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland and a GP training supervisor. Dr Walker understands the health care needs of the Central West community from basic primary healthcare through to complex tertiary care, and is passionate about patient-focused health services delivered close to home.

Ms Leisa Fraser has 20 years’ experience in the financial management of small business as well as extensive experience as a Workplace Health and Safety Officer. She is currently Social Services Manager for the Nhulundu Wooribah Indigenous Health Organisation Inc where she is responsible for developing the budget with the General Manager and working on key areas of the service and human resource needs within the funding available. Ms Fraser recently completed an Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.

Mr William Ringrose has been working as an accountant for the last 17 years. During this time he has worked in business advisory, tax compliance and audit. Mr Ringrose was admitted as a Chartered Accountant in 2001 and became a partner in his practice in 2008, which has doubled in size and employs 16 people. As a founding member of the Board, Mr Ringrose has overseen the implementation of an internal audit function, overseen a full review of the risk profile of the organisation and constructed a risk register.

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2017 @ 1:21 pm