Our Clinical Councils
Find member information and brief biographies of each member
The Clinical Councils are in place across each of the three major regions of the PHN catchment, Central Queensland, Widebay and Sunshine Coast. The primary role of the GP-led Clinical Councils is to provide advice to the PHN’s Board on locally relevant clinical issues and other associated issues. Terms of Reference are in place and are reviewed bi-annually.
- Dr Ewen McPhee
Chair, Central Queensland Clinical Council
General Practitioner, Emerald Medical Group
Dr Ewen McPhee is currently a member on the National Primary Health Care Advisory Group (NPHCAG), the treasurer for the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland, RACGP Queensland Director of National Rural Faculty, Central Queensland Rural Health Board Director, University of Queensland Senior Lecturer for General Practice, Member of NEHTA Clinical Usability Steering Group for PCEHR, Chairman of Telehealth Governance Committee for Qld Health, Member of Qld Health Statewide Rural Clinical Networks, ACRRM PROMPT Steering Committee member and practice principal for Emerald Medical Group.
- Dr Bhavesh Dhamsania
Deputy Chair, Central Queensland Clinical Council
General Practice Liaison Officer, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN
Dr Bhavesh is a GP with the Gracemere Medical Centre. He is also a Lead Clinical Editor involved with the Health Pathways project with the PHN. He graduated from university in India in 2003. After moving to Australia 13 years ago he completed a Fellowship in Australian Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
- Dr Gaston Boulanger
General Practitioner, BITS Medical Centre
Dr Gaston Boulanger is the consulting doctor for Heron Island, owner of BITS Medical,as well as the facility doctor for Edenvale Nursing Home and Bindaree Lodge. He is a board member for the Rio Tinto Community Fund Board and a member of Here for Health Gladstone. He also acts as an examiner for RACGP, is a GP trainer for GPTQ and organises quarterly health network meetings for GPs, specialists and other medical professionals in the Central Queensland area.
- Bradley Miers
Senior Operations Supervisor/Critical Care Flight Paramedic, Queensland Ambulance Service
Bradley has experience in metro, regional and remote practice as well as experience as a flight critical care paramedic. Bradley is also on the CQHHS Emergency Services Clinical Network, attending district disaster meetings, mental health tri-agency meetings and working closely with SMOs and the executive team from Rockhampton Hospital.
- Jessica Burrey
Pharmacist, Director of Services, Emerald Pharmacy Services Pty Ltd.
Jessica is a registered pharmacist, practicing for over 10 years. Currently residing Emerald, Jessica is the Director of Emerald Pharmacy Services Pty Ltd, and managing partner of Direct Chemist Outlet Emerald. Jessica is passionate about health and the Central Queensland region. With a focus to build a stronger health practitioners network, Jess seeks to improve community health through a holistic approach and appropriate referral pathways between all health professionals.
- Professor Lynne Parkinson
Professor, Central Queensland University Australia
Professor Lynne Parkinson is an internationally prominent population health gerontologist; focused on chronic disease and the ageing population. She is the editor in chief of the Australasian Journal on Ageing and Fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG). She is a member of the Executive Committee of Queensland AAG Division, Public Health Association of Australia, Australian Association of Gerontology, Australian Epidemiology Association and JO&JR Wicking Trust Strategic Review Panel.
- Sandra Corfield
Chief Executive Officer, Central Queensland Rural Health
Sandra has 30 years’ of rural health experience. She continues to support the development of excellence and sustainability for rural health.
- Steve Williamson
Chief Executive, Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Steve moved from the United Kingdom to start in the position on 9 January 2017. He has extensive background at the Executive level in the National Health Service, including roles as Chief Executive, Group Deputy Chief Executive, and Chief Operating Officer. He also worked for some time in the equivalent of local government, and as an Area Director in the UK’s legal court system. Previously, Steve was an officer in the UK’s Royal Navy, and spent much of this time as a Diver and Bomb Disposal Officer, including commanding a counter terrorism bomb disposal service. As HSCE, Mr Williamson led the development of CQ Health’s long term vision and strategy, Destination 2030: Great Care for Central Queenslanders. This strategy will shape the future of healthcare across Central Queensland, supporting a digital transformation of healthcare, 10,000 fewer Central Queenslander lives lost to smoking and other lifestyle factors, closing the gap in Indigenous Health, and enabling 10,000 fewer Central Queenslander patient journeys each year as part of CQ Health’s ambition for more care close to home. Steve is married to Jacqueline and they have 2 children, Josh and Daisy, both at school in Rockhampton.
- Thalep Ahmat
Chief Executive Officer, Bidgerdii Community Health Service
Formerly Deputy CEO of Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council, Thalep has extensive experience in business development with focus on assisting Indigenous people who wanted to run their own business to become ‘business ready’. Thalep is also a consortium partner for Partners in Recovery in CQ.
- Greg Muller
Physiotherapist, CQ Physio
Greg studied at James Cook University in Townsville and graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. He joined CQ Physio Group in 2010 and became a Principal Physiotherapist in 2014. He is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy and has a special interest in treating neck pain, headaches and low back pain. Greg’s work history within the group has been varied with roles in Private Hospital, Nursing Homes, Mining and Meatworks as well as in clinic private physiotherapy work. Through his role in the PHN clinical council Greg hopes to assist in improving overall health outcomes for all people living in Central Queensland. In his spare time he enjoys camping, fishing and spending time with his young family.
- Jennifer Brandon
Practice Manager and Practice Nurse, Gracemere Medical Centre
Jennifer is a Practice Manager, but has also worked as a practice nurse, having completed her nursing degree in 1996. She began working in nursing homes, rural hospital, regional private and public hospitals and school nursing. Working in general practice part time lead to a role as a practice nurse. Jennifer enjoys working in General Practice nursing and practice management roles, getting to know patients and the community needs, and trying to meet some of the needs. Jennifer attends as many local, state and national events in nursing, general practice and practice management.
- Helen Burgess
Nurse Unit Manager, North Rockhampton Nursing Centre, Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Helen Emigrated in 1996 from Wales and is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in Aged care both in the private and Public sector and has held many management roles. Is currently one of the Nurse Unit Managers at North Rockhampton Nursing Centre. Helen Enjoys working with the elderly and advocating for their rights and ensuring they receive the care they deserve.
In her spare time enjoys walks across the beach and spending time with her family.
- Helen Cleary
Health and Wellness Manager, Benevolent Living Aged Care
Helen is the Health and Wellness Manager (formerly Director of Nursing) for Benevolent Living. Helen worked in Aged Care for 12 years in New Zealand, before moving to Rockhampton and joining Benevolent Living in 2012. In her time at Benevolent Living Helen has worked as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse. Helen enjoys the warm, friendly, family and community spirit that exists at Benevolent Living and within the wider Rockhampton community. Helen is passionate about wanting to change the attitudes and perceptions towards older adults living with dementia and physical health conditions and improve the quality of life for all older adults within the Rockhampton Community. One of the biggest issues Helen believes that requires change is the assumption that with age you cannot make decisions regarding your living circumstances especially after significant health events. Helen participates in the Dementia Reference Group.
- Jenna Madden
General Practice Liaison Officer, Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
- Dr Julianne Graham
Executive Director, Medical Services, Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
- Jenny Kerr
Clinical Practice Manager, Nhulundu Health Service
- Associate Professor* Alan Sandford AM
MBBS; B Med Sc. (Hons); MHA; FRACMA; FCHSM; GAICD; FRSM
Director of Medical Academic Development, Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service, Rockhampton Hospital
*Adjunct Associate professor, University of Queensland and James Cook University
Associate Professor Alan Sandford is a senior health manager and specialist medical administrator who has worked in a variety of senior posts within Australia and internationally. He is a Monash medical graduate, with initial clinical training in Melbourne as an advanced trainee in O&G and later Emergency Medicine. A longstanding advocacy and developmental role in prevocational medical education and accreditation has also been a hallmark of a broad career in medical workforce planning. Academic roles include Adjunct Associate Professor with the University of Queensland and James Cook University. Professor Sandford was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Australia Day Honours for “significant services to medical administration and health management in a number of executive roles.”
- Linda Medlin
Acting Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Community Health Centre, Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service, Gladstone
- Dr Patricia Harris
General Practitioner, James St Medical Centre, Yepoon
- Dr Geoffrey Byrne
Chair, Sunshine Coast Clinical Council
General Practitioner, Golden Beach Surgery
Dr Byrne is a member of SCLMA, with over thirty years’ experience in general practice. He is on the Medical Advisory Committee for Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital (SCUPH) and Caloundra Private Clinic, and regularly trains medical students from Griffith University. He is a vocationally registered GP with his fellowship, AGPAL assessor and Quality Assurance examiner for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Dr Byrne is a JP (Qualified).
- Associate Professor Florin Oprescu
Deputy Chair, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Health Promotion, USC (Academic Member)
Ass. Prof. Oprescu is a health promotion and communication specialist. His formal qualifications include medicine (MD), public health (MPH, PhD), business management (MBA) and education (Grad Cert). He works on initiatives including health promotion education, health communication, injury prevention, and translation of scientific findings into practical and accessible public health content.
- Dianne Rigby
Senior Operations Supervisor, Queensland Ambulance Service
Dianne has extensive experience in both nursing and as a paramedic. In her role, she networks with other LASN Supervisory, particularly in the Brisbane Metro North and Wide Bay regions. Working at present on the ‘SPOT-ON’ project diverting non-urgent QAS patients back to general practice as their medical home.
- Dr Jon Harper
General Practice Liaison Officer, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN
Dr Jon Harper did his medical training in the UK, graduating from Nottingham University Medical School and then training in General Practice in London. He migrated to Australia’s beautiful Sunshine Coast in 2008. He currently works part-time as a GP in Buderim and part-time as the GP Liaison Officer for the Sunshine Coast area of the Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN. He has been the Senior Clinical Editor for Sunshine Coast HealthPathways since its launch in 2016. He is a clinical adviser for the design and implementation of GP Smart Referrals. Over the last 10 years, Dr Harper has been actively involved with improving patients’ access to quality healthcare in the region. He has been part of various health integration initiatives; believing that creating robust cross-sector clinical leadership is vital to guide health system reform.
- Kaye Coates
General Manager Residential Aged Care, Bolton Clarke
Kaye is a Nurse Practitioner for Aged Care and is working towards developing a sustainable model of care through her involvement with the CEDRiC research working group. Professional affiliations include Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) and Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) member.
- Professor Kim Greaves
Cardiologist, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
Professor Greaves is a Professor of Cardiology, University of the Sunshine Coast and Director of Cardiac Research at the Sunshine Coast. He is a member of the SCHHS Clinical Council, GP Council, Research Governance Committee, and Hospital ICT Committee.
- Owen Mellon
Owen P Mellon is a Community Pharmacist Owner based on the Sunshine Coast since 2014. He has extensive community, hospital, prison, army and psychiatric clinic experience in Australia, UK and Ireland. Owen is the only owner within the multiple award winning Capital Chemist Group who has a business in QLD. The group has won the prestigious Pharmacy of the Year on a National Level twice in 4 years.
- James Buckley
James has worked as a community pharmacist for 5 years, as a trained expert in the quality use of medications. He has specific interests in inter-professional collaboration, given the opportunity for an open platform for communication between many healthcare providers in their respective fields. James hopes that by sharing strengths and knowledge about healthcare, it will achieve a smooth transition for the patient from each health professional necessary without difficulty. James aims to discuss pain management issues so that pharmacists can be well equipped for changes in demand for various medications logistically.
- Dr Julee Birch
Dr Julee Birch is a suburban general dental practitioner. She has lived and worked on the Sunshine Coast since 1990, returning to Queensland after 10 years living and working interstate and overseas. Since commencing her own practice at Mountain Creek in 1996 she has continued to serve her local community’s dental health. Julee has served as the Sunshine Coast Councillor for the Australian Dental Association Queensland, becoming the second woman President of ADAQ in 2016. She has held various positions within ADA both at State and National level. Julee has also acted in a voluntary capacity as the Qld Chair for the National Dental Foundation charity and is a current Board member for the Australian Dental Health Foundation charity.
- Josey Criss
Residence Manager, Arcare Peregian Springs
Josey is a registered nurse, having completed her training on the Sunshine Coast and has been in the aged care sector for 8 years in various roles. She is passionate about providing person-centred care to our aging population, and is excited to be a member of the PHN’s Sunshine Coast Clinical Council to be an advocate for the elderly community that she has the privilege of caring for.
- Dr Michelle Johnston
Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service General Practice Liaison Officer
Dr Michelle Johnston is a GP who has worked in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland for the past 20 years. She is GP Liaison officer and clinical lead for the GP with Special Interests program, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. Her passion is improving communication and collaboration within healthcare.
- Lee-Ann Monks
Lee-Ann Monks and her husband have lived on the Sunshine Coast for more than 10 years, using the local health system for themselves, their children and parents. They’ve used public and private services for aged care, palliative care, paediatrics, emergency, in patients, rehabilitation post surgery and allied health. They currently support/care for their 21 year old daughter who has complex, chronic health conditions and lives at home. Lee-Ann is an agricultural scientist, operating a consultancy business specialising in communication of research to rural communities (www.monkscom.com.au). She has always held an interest in health, health promotion and farmer health. While her children were at school she volunteered with a variety of community initiatives such as nippers and reading support. When they completed school, Lee-Ann took the opportunity to volunteer in areas of personal interest such as health. Her current health consumer roles include the SCUH Choose Wisely program and Nambour General Hospital.
- Dr Sandra Peters
Clinical Director Minor Injury and Illness Clinic, Clinical Lead Smart Referral Program Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
Sandra Peters has been a GP since dinosaurs were walking the land (her description!) and is currently the clinical director of the Minor Injury and Illness Clinic at Caloundra Hospital. She is an enthusiastic advocate for patients receiving care in the right setting without delay. Over recent years she has participated in many collaborative activities with the PHN, most recently the implementation of the SmartReferral program in the Sunshine Coast.
- Danielle Mackenzie
Chief Executive Officer, Sundale Pty Ltd
As the CEO at Sundale, Danielle supports the needs of the community by overseeing outstanding care and assistance services, and has a passion for aged care and ensuring older and vulnerable Australians have access to exceptional services. Danielle is an improvement specialist who facilitates service development and enhancement, quality leadership, strategic and business acumen, supported by innovation, stakeholder management, evidenced based outcomes, advocacy and connecting with communities.
- Morne Terblanche
Medical lead, Safety Quality and Innovation, Sunshine Coast University Hospital
- Kate Burns
Director of Clinical Services, Buderim Private Hospital
- James Lester
General Manager/ Pharmacist, John Moffat Pharmacies
James Lester is a community pharmacist based on the sunshine and cooloola coasts since registering in 2012. He has a strong patient centered approach with clinical focus, doing further study and gaining graduate certificates in Clinical pharmacy and Management after graduating. He also represents the sunshine coast region on the pharmacy guild of australia QLD branch committee.
- Dr Julie Blake
General Practitioner, Channon Street Medical Centre, Gympie
Dr Julie Blake is an Australian trained General Practitioner, who grew up on a dairy farm just outside of Gympie and returned to live and practice in Gympie in 2009. Julie has a special interest in the area of sexual and reproductive health and is a firm believer in ensuring reproductive rights for women as a critical factor in the empowerment of women. Julie is also passionate about the health education of her patients in order to assist them in making choices to live healthier lives.
- Dr Alex Dunn
Rural Generalist, Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Gympie General Hospital
Dr Alex Dunn has worked as a rural generalist in the Gympie region since 2018. Alex enjoys the scope of practice in Gympie, working in community general practice, the local hospital in both emergency and anaesthetics and also as a remote medical educator with James Cook University GP training. Prior to moving to Gympie, Alex worked in Cape York for 9 years, with 2 years at Cooktown and the last 7 years as the Director of Medical Services at Weipa. Alex has previously been a Director on the Queensland Rural Generalist Program and is currently a member of the Rural Doctor’s Association of QLD (RDAQ) Management Committee.
- Dr Matheesha Ranaweera
Practice Principal, The Gympie Clinic
General Practitioner with Specialist Interest (GPSI), Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
Dr Ranaweera, a local doctor for the last 5 years, is currently the practice principal at The Gympie Clinic, a vasectomist servicing the Sunshine Coast and Gympie, and a GP with Special Interest in the Urology department at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. In addition, he supervises teaching for both medical students and GP registrars. Working in both primary care in hospital settings, Dr Ranaweera is keen to optimise communication between both sectors and avoid fragmentation of care particularly for vulnerable patients such as those in residential aged care facilities and regional and remote areas.
- Dr Sue Nightingale
Executive Director Clinical Governance, Education and Research, Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
Dr Sue Nightingale works in the role of Executive Director of Clinical Governance, Education and Research, SCHHS, having recently moved to Australia from New Zealand. Sue started her working career post house surgeon years, with the General Practice training scheme and GP obstetrics. Sue worked in the UK for a couple of years in Psychiatry, then returned to NZ to complete her fellowship. After various clinical director roles Sue became Chief of Psychiatry for the Canterbury District Health Board. This was a challenging time having coincided with the first of NZs devastating earthquakes. Concurrently, Canterbury’s major health transition integrated a ‘whole of system’ approach and Sue was very involved with cross-sector mental health initiatives. Recently Sue was working as Chief Medical Officer for Canterbury DHB. This role traversed more earthquakes, mosque shootings and floods of outpatient buildings, followed by Covid-19. During this time Sue was a member of the Alliance Leadership Team for the Canterbury Clinical Network, a cross health system alliance involving the Health Service and three Primary Health Care organisations. Sue is passionate about being proactive for patient/consumer care and supporting the whole system to work together to ensure this happens.
- Rob Cross
Customer Development Manager, SE QLD, IRT
Rob’s diverse career serving the community includes deployment with the United Nations plus service in the UK and Australian police services leading him to roles within the aged care industry. Since 2013 Rob has developed and fostered collaboration within the community to benefit ageing on the Sunshine Coast. A member and former Chairperson of the Healthy Ageing Partnership, Rob has facilitated and made contributions to various community groups including the Buderim Dementia Alliance, SCHHS Falls Prevention Strategy team, the PHN Integrated Care Alliance, SCHHS Community & Consumer Consultation Panel, Community Care Support Network and Sunshine Coast
- Dr Christopher Woollard
Chair, Wide Bay Clinical Council
General Practitioner, Hervey Bay
Chris has been a GP in Hervey Bay since 2017, graduating from Flinders University in 2010 after completing Optometry in 2005 at QUT. He has qualifications in Aviation and Dive medicine, brief experience in prehospital, retrieval and military medicine, major incident medical response and planning, and enjoys supervision of students and Registrars.
- Dr Fionna Hadden
Deputy Chair, Wide Bay Clinical Council
General Practitioner, Millbank Medical Practice, Bundaberg
General Practice Liaison Officer, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN
- Dr Jenni Judd
Prof Health Promotion/School of Health Medical and Applied Sciences Division
Higher Education Centre for Indigenous Health Equality Research University Australia, Widebay Hospital and Health Service, Bundaberg Health Promotions
Jenni is a Professor of Health Promotion (DHSc, MPH, MEd) working with CQU, Wide Bay HHS and Bundaberg Health Promotion. Before joining the Academy in 2007, Jenni worked in Education and Health Services in the Northern Territory as a Practitioner, Policy Officer and Manager. Her research interests are in Health Promotion and Public Health, Regional, Rural and Tropical Health, and Indigenous Health as an applied researcher. This position aims to build research and health promotion capacity across these and other local organisations to improve the health of the community.
- Debbie Carroll
Chief Operating Officer Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service
Debbie has worked in public health for over 35 years and has held leadership roles across a number of health facilities throughout Queensland. Debbie has undertaken significant postgraduate studies and received the Queensland Health Australia Day Award for exceptional leadership and restoring community confidence, and again in 2014 for her exceptional leadership during the 2013 floods. Debbie held the Executive Director of Nursing & Midwifery position at the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service for almost 10 years before accepting the Chief Operating Officer position that she currently fulfils. She aims to develop and implement new service initiatives through participation in the Clinical Councils, ultimately improving the health of the community and bridging the gap between primary and secondary health care.
- Associate Professor Kees Nydam
Clinical Director, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service
Kees has a broad medical specialist, clinical management & leadership and medical education skill set having obtained a MBBS, medical specialist qualifications in Emergency Medicine, Addiction Medicine and medical management credentials. His wide ranging and eclectic clinical interests include complex substance dependence with persistent pain, suicidology and macro-level health systems. Kees would like to focus on improving the healthcare opportunities for the Wide Bay community by improving collaboration between the many elements that can contribute. As a member of the Clinical Council he would like to address age related conditions including dementia, chronic persistent pain and suicide in the elderly.
- Lisa Baker – Team Leader, Rural Allied and Community Health, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service
Lisa is a qualified speech pathologist, and has worked within the Wide Bay since 2002. Lisa, based from Gayndah, has worked as the Rural Allied Health Team Leader since 2007 and now works as the Rural Allied and Community Health Team leader covering all rural regions within the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service. With representation across a number of committees, networks and rural allied health groups, Lisa brings substantial knowledge to the Clinical Council. Her goal as a member is to address chronic disease management through the provision of clinical pathways appropriate to clients in all regions.
- Anish Ramachandran M.Pharm
Territory Manager for Infinity group of Pharmacies Hervey Bay
Anish has been living in Hervey bay since 2015. He graduated from the Griffith University on the Gold Coast in 2011 and has worked in different roles since then from Pharmacist in charge to the current role of Territory Manager. He is passionate about improving patient health outcomes by doing Medschecks and has a strong interest in providing First Aid and wound management.
- May Chi
May is a Generally Registered Psychologist who has completed coursework for a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and is working towards her PhD Candidature. She is a member of the Association of Contextual Behavioural Sciences (ACBS) and Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). May has worked in a number of educational and employment settings, helping clients clarify what they want in life and moving them in that valued direction. She is involved in a research project aimed to improve the lives of women post primary breast cancer intervention, with a focus on ‘right therapy, right dose, right patient, right time’. May hopes to assist in developing and maintaining the social capital of the Wide Bay community and improving the effectiveness and coordination of health care. She especially passionate about mental health, the health workforce, and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health. She would like to support the implementation of the Stepped Care Model with existing services in the Wide Bay to provide seamless and navigable service delivery. When she is not a psychologist, May enjoys writing fictional stories, playing D&D with her friends, and listening to Russell Torrance on ABC Classic FM.
- Catherine Hackney
Director of Nursing, Mater Hospital Bundaberg
Catherine is the current Director of Nursing & Clinical Services at the Mater Hospital in Bundaberg. She has extensive experience in healthcare in rural and regional communities. Catherine has a passion to improve health outcomes in the community by contributing to the development and implementation of effective partnerships between primary and acute care services.
- Dr Zaffar Abbas
General Practitioner, Gin Gin Hospital, Gin Gin Family Medical
Dr. Zafar Abbas is currently practicing GP/SMO at Gin Gin Hospital and Gin Gin Family Medical in Queensland. He is pursuing fellowship training in Rural Remote Medicine with the Emergency Medicine Sub speciality. Dr Abbas has an interest in treating a wide range of Chronic diseases ( Diabetes and Hypertension).
- Amanda Bird
Occupational Therapist, About Health
Amanda Bird has worked as an Occupational Therapist in senior clinical and management roles for over 25yrs. She has worked exclusively in rural and regional areas and is passionate about health access and equality regardless of geographical location. Amanda has been living and working in the Wide Bay area since 2002 and has developed a special interest in managing chronic diseases and community based aged care and re-ablement. She is looking forward to being able to contribute to the broader health of the community through her involvement with the Clinical Council.
- Dr James Chanaka
General Practice Liaison Officer, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN
- Kylie Cooke
Manager, Clinical Education, Ambulance Service
- Dr Gayle Williams
Director of Medical Services for Hervey Bay and Maryborough, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service
- Norma Frost
Director, Clinical Services at the Friendlies Private Hospital
Living in the Wide Bay region since 2008, Norma has held extensive nursing management and leadership positions over the last 25 years in private and public sectors. Norma has a strong patient and improved standards of care focus. Norma’s achievements include leading the implementation of clinical nursing documentation and nursing care plans, improving elective surgery/outpatient processes and waiting times, and has received awards for teamwork, building effective teams, improvements in elective surgery, outpatient and endoscopy waitlist improvements, the Bundaberg flood evacuation and community engagement events.
- David Larsen
Practice Manager, Practice Nurse, Galangoor Dewalami Primary Health Care Service
In late 2017 David Larsen relocated to the Fraser City Coast (Hervey Bay). He has extensive experience primarily focused on managing and implementing a range of Health, Not For Profit and Humanitarian projects and programs. David has extensive capability and insight into the clinical, operational and strategic management of quality orientated medical services including patient care, project design, planning, implementation and evaluation, ideas generation and delivery of innovative service delivery models, public health programming, staff development and supervision, and financial management. David has worked in a range of challenging and extraordinary situations, gaining strong analytical, organisational development, team building and leadership skills. He also has a keen interest in program development, being an innovator, addressing health inequities, social justice and social inclusion.
- Dr Hamid Norouzi
General Practitioner, Hervey Bay and Maryborough Hospital and Health Service
Dr Hamid Norouzi started his medical career in Australia in 2012, working in a rural hospital in North Queensland’s Atherton, then moved to Hervey Bay in 2014. Dr Norouzi spent two years in both Hervey Bay and Maryborough hospitals working in different specialities, such as emergency, general medicine, general surgery and geriatric medicine. He started his rural general practice in 2016 in Maryborough and from 2017 has been working in Childers, enjoying the variety of presentations in the highly rewarding field of medicine. Dr Norouzi is currently pursuing to further extend his experience by improving the well-being of his community in different dimensions and participating regularly in clinical council advisory team.
- Suzanne Wilmhurst
Facility Manager, Anglicare Kirami, Point Vernon Hervey Bay
Suzanne Wilmshurst’s career spans 33 years and is based in nursing. Of the 33 years, 18 years has been in managerial roles with the last eight years of Suzanne’s career specifically dedicated to the over 50 year’s sector. She holds current AHPRA registration and has worked in roles that have required current and proficient clinical knowledge. Suzanne has experience in General Management, Integrated Service Management and has always ensured standards and legislative requirements are met with successful Aged Care Agency Reviews achieved in all areas she was managing. Suzanne was utilised to trouble shoot and problem solve within the organisation and was very successful in those roles. On more than one occasion she retrieved residential and community services from a negative culture and financial result, turning them into profitable and positive environments.
- Peter Wood
General Manager, Division of Medicine, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service
- Candice Crawford
State Manager, Strategy and Engagement, Royal Flying Doctor Service Queensland Section
Please forward any queries in regards to the Clinical Council or membership enquiries to:
- Jane Campbell
Manager, Clinical Engagement