Mackay HHS Board dismissed, administrator appointed

Published Tuesday, 22 November, 2022 at 06:30 AM

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has dismissed the Mackay Hospital and Health Service (HHS) Board and appointed an Administrator.

“Governor in Council has, on my recommendation, dismissed all the members of the Board under section 275(1) of the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011,” the Minister said.

“I made that recommendation to the Governor in Council because I was satisfied it is in the public interest that all members of the Board be dismissed.

“In the circumstances, I am not satisfied that the Board is able to implement the recommendations of the report, including the cultural change needed across the hospital.”

Minister D’Ath said experienced health administrator Karen Roach has been appointed Administrator in place of the dismissed Mackay Hospital and Health Service (HHS) Board, effective immediately.

“Karen Roach has over 35 years of experience in management and leadership positions in health organisations in the public and private sectors,” she said.

“Ms Roach has served as Interim Chief Operating Officer of Metro South and Sunshine Coast HHSs and Interim Chief Executive of Townsville HHS.

“She has qualifications in nursing and midwifery and was awarded a Centenary of Australia Award for services to nursing and health services in Queensland.

“The skills Ms Roach brings to this role will be crucial in restoring confidence in the Mackay Hospital.

“I’m confident Ms Roach will work well with Special Advisor Dr Robert Herkes and the hardworking staff on Mackay HHS to deliver improved services.”

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