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Mr Mike Horan AM

Mr Mike Horan
Mr Mike Horan

Chair, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Board

Mike was the Member for Toowoomba South in the Queensland Parliament from 1991 to 2012.

During his political career Mike served as the leader of the National Party, the leader of the Opposition, Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for Police, Health and Primary Industries respectively.  Mike regards his time as Minister for Health (1996-1998) as a highlight of his political career.

Mike has considerable experience in the development and construction of small and large health facilities.  More than 100 health construction projects varying from rural Hospitals to major metropolitan Hospitals occurred under his Health Ministry.

During his time as Health Minister the Surgery on Time System was established, a ten year Mental Health Plan introduced and targets for BreastScreening and Children’s Immunisation were set and achieved.  Thirty eight District Health Councils were put in place and the Rural Health Council was established at Roma.

Mike held the position of General Manager of The Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland (Toowoomba Showgrounds) from 1978 to 1991 and was a driving force in the sale of the old inner city Toowoomba Showgrounds and the development of the new Toowoomba Showgrounds on a 98 hectare site.  Mike also served as secretary of the Darling Downs sub-chamber of Agricultural Societies, a number of Breed Societies and of the Downs Harness Racing and the Toowoomba Greyhound Racing Club.

Mike is currently a board member of Downs Rugby Ltd, covering rugby union from Gatton to St George and a board member of the Toowoomba Police Citizens Youth Club.

In June 2013 Mike was awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the Parliament of Queensland and to the community of the Darling Downs.

He is a great believer in working with the community to achieve results.


Last Updated: 15 July 2013
Last Reviewed: 15 July 2013