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    Minister for Health
    The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

    Health Minister Announces New Corporate Structure

    Minister for Health
    The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

    Thursday, June 07, 2012

    Health Minister Announces New Corporate Structure

    Health Minister, Lawrence Springborg, has announced a long-awaited restructure of Queensland Health’s central functions – to support stronger front-line service delivery.

    In a ministerial statement to Queensland Parliament, Mr Springborg said that ‘head office’ would become a lean and responsive organisation.

    “After the announcement of chairs to the new Hospital and Health Boards, the next step is to deliver change at the system level,” he said.

    “For too long, Queensland Health has been a large, inflexible organisation that has not been accountable for its actions.

    “Its culture was driven by the previous government that refused to make health Ministers accountable for their actions also.”

    He told Parliament the LNP opposed the former Government’s plan to split Queensland Health in two. “Taking one failed bureaucracy and making two failing bureaucracies is not an answer,” Springborg said.

    He praised the staff of Queensland Health.

    “They are dedicated, but were let down by the former Labor Government,” he said.

    “I want to ensure that Queensland Health is patient-focused and is not stymied by the red-tape we saw under Labor,” he said.

    “Under this Government, from July 1, as power is devolved to local hospital and health boards, our central office will change too.”

    Fast Facts:

    • Queensland Health’s ‘head office’ will become a lean and responsive organisation.

    • It will be a single agency. Instead of the current nine divisions, it will comprise three Divisions and two supporting units reporting to a sole Director-General.

    • It will be a ‘system manager’, more accountable in its sphere of responsibility.

    • The system manager will step back from day-to-day operational management of health services (delivered by Boards). Its core roles will be policy development, planning and funding services.

    • It will set standards such as those related to patient safety and legislative compliance. It will coordinate disaster and emergency responses and preventative health messages.


    Contact: Cameron Thompson 0407 585 230