Back row (left to right): Mr Michel Lok, Ms Leisa Fraser, Dr Nikola Stepanov, Dr Clare Walker, Mr Peter Skewes.
Front row (left to right): Mr William Ringrose, Ms Jane Williams (Chair), David Arnold, Ms Elizabeth Fraser.


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


“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 West Hospital and Health Board with effect from 18 May 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.


  • Dr Nikola Stepanov has a background in health, hospital administration and management, research, ethics and education. She is currently Chair of the Townsville Hospital and Health Service Human Research Ethics Committee and also an academic specialising in ethics, law and professional practice within the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland. She is an experienced chair and committee member and an accredited mediator with the Queensland Department of Justice.


  • 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.


  • Mr Peter Skewes has been a Councillor on the Blackall Shire Council/Blackall Tambo Regional Council for 26 years. Mr Skewes is registered as a certified practicing accountant and is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. He has a long history of community involvement and for many years ran a small cattle grazing operation and a legal and accounting practice. He has recently been appointed President of the Barcoo Retirement Village, which lobbies and provides for aged care and accommodation.


“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 West region,” said Mr Dick.


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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