Acting Director-General announced to oversee Queensland Health

Published Thursday, 29 June, 2023 at 01:25 PM

Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services and Minister for Women
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

  • Michael Walsh will be appointed Acting Director-General of Queensland Health from July 24
  • Mr Walsh brings a wealth of experience to the role, including having previously served as Director-General from 2015-2019
  • An international recruitment campaign will be launched to fill the role permanently

The Premier and Health Minister are pleased to announce that Michael Walsh will step in as Queensland Health’s acting Director-General from July 24, while an international recruitment campaign is undertaken to fill the role permanently.

Mr Walsh brings extensive experience in the health system, including leading Queensland Health as Director General for over four years from 2015 to 2019.

He also has a strong understanding of the national pressures facing our health system, given his recent work reviewing the National Hospital Funding Agreement.

His appointment will ensure the Palaszczuk Government can continue driving better performance, achieving better health outcomes, and delivering on the new Health Minister’s key priority areas.

Quotes attributable to the Health Minister:

“I am looking forward to working with Mr Walsh, and I have the utmost confidence in his abilities.”

“His appointment will mean we have someone with a comprehensive understanding of Queensland Health, as well as an appreciation of my priorities and expectations as Minister.”

“He will be able to hit the ground running and ensure that our $764 million plan to reduce ambulance ramping and pressures on our health system is delivering better outcomes for Queensland patients.”


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