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Our Executive Leadership Team
Anthony West 

Anthony West | Acting Health Service Chief Executive

Anthony West is a physiotherapist with over 30 years’ experience in the health care sector, having worked in a wide range of primary healthcare settings.  Anthony believes strongly in providing opportunities for people and communities to engage in healthy behaviours and prevent ill-health, whatever their starting point.

This belief has driven Anthony to focus on improving the systems that enable delivery of healthcare across a diverse range of service areas such as allied health, health prevention and promotion, mental health, community health, child health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, maternity, and sexual and reproductive health.  He is very proud of being the co-founder of the Old Thomson River Rd parkrun in Longreach, providing a great opportunity for the community to engage in physical activity and social participation each week.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland, a Master of Sports Physiotherapy from Griffith University, a Graduate Certificate in Business from Queensland University of Technology and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Daniel Carter 

Daniel Carter | Executive Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Daniel Carter is the Executive Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Torres Strait Islander Health for the Central West Hospital and Health Service.

Daniel has over 10 years’ experience working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community health, engagement and policy development. This includes experience working in local and state government and in non-government organisations.

A Ngarrindjeri/Wergaia man, Daniel grew up in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and brings a strong passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health to his role.

Before joining Central West Hospital and Health Service, Daniel was Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health at the largest health service in Victoria, Monash Health. This role included the implementation of organisational wide strategies to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health priorities, employment outcomes, and quality and safety compliance.

Daniel has a Bachelor of Health Science qualification from Monash University and is currently studying towards a Master of Public Health.

Danielle Causer 

Danielle Causer | Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery

Danielle has over 19 years of experience in nursing and has primarily worked in the rural and remote setting. Danielle has extensive knowledge of the complex health management systems in addition to an understanding of the governance requirements of a public hospital having held positions from front line clinical, high level executive and board positions.  Danielle was the first nurse on the hospital and health service boards when they began in Queensland back in 2012 and was this year elected by the member of CRANAplus to be a director for the CRANAplus board.

She has qualifications in; clinical education, general practice management, project management, dual Masters of Nursing and is an Adjunct Professor with James Cook University. She worked as an AIN while studying her RNs and has worked in many different areas of nursing across NSW and QLD; from general practice, occupational health, mine site medic, primary health projects, educator and director. In 2022, she graduated from the International Council of Nurse’s Global Nurse Leadership Scholars program and also started with the Australian College of Nurses Policy Fellow program.

In her spare time she formed a rural and remote focussed podcast titled “A Nurse Out Where” which she says she is most proud of. As the professional lead for Nursing and Midwifery services in the Central West, she is committed to supporting the strategic priorities that drive safe and quality care in the Central West, whilst building a confident, competent and sustainable nursing and midwifery workforce. Danielle is passionate about rural and remote health care and is a strong advocate for equitable access to healthcare regardless of postcode.

David Walker   

Dr David Walker | Executive Director Medical Services


Dr David Walker is a rural generalist who was appointed as Executive Director of Medical Services for the Central West HHS in January 2021. David has a passion for rural and remote medicine and in particular mental health, having completed advanced training in this area in 2008.

After 12 years within the Longreach Community and five years as Director of Medical Services, Dr Walker stepped up to the role of providing professional leadership across the entire health service.  He appreciates the challenges associated with delivering healthcare in remote settings and is committed to helping the Health service facilitate the delivery of high-quality health care as close to home as possible.

David has completed bachelor’s degrees in Science, Medicine and Surgery. He completed a postgraduate qualification in Mental Health and more recently has obtained an associate fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators. David is currently completing a Master of Health Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lorelle Coombe 

Lorelle Coombe | Executive Director Workforce Governance and Information Management

Lorelle Coombe commenced with the health service in August 2015.  Lorelle’s role is a key leadership and a member of an interdisciplinary team of executives that work together to develop innovative ways to deliver high quality patient care, for the best possible outcomes to deliver value and achieve key performance deliverables for the people of the Central West.  The Executive Director – Workforce, Governance and Information Management is responsible for the development and execution of the strategy for all aspects of workforce, governance and information management for CWHHS as well as being the lead advisor on workforce, governance and information management matters, providing sophisticated and insightful analysis and recommendations.   The role also provides support the Board in executing its governance responsibilities and ensuring the Board is appropriately informed on a timely basis on all significant workforce, governance and information management matters.

Lorelle has extensive experience in the government sector. Her first professional position was with Australia Post as a management accountant. Lorelle's previous roles with the Queensland Public Service were with Central Queensland Institute TAFE and the Department of Natural Resources and Mines. Her roles with TAFE included Corporate Services Manager, Campus Manager (Rockhampton) and later Director, Human Resources. Prior to joining Central West Health, she held the role of Regional Manager Business Services with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines. This role had a broad portfolio including human resource management, workplace health and safety, finance and assets, information technology and customer service centre management. Lorelle has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and subsequently undertook further study to complete a Master of Business Administration, with a focus on human resource management.

Helen Murray 

Helen Murray | Chief Information Officer Rural & Remote

Helen has had a passion for all things health and IT for over 25 years. With a solid track record in delivery from her first project role implementing HBCIS through to delivering innovative technologies in rural and remote Queensland.

Helen led the highly successful, ‘The Viewer’ program which has won awards such as the 2015 Excellence in eGovernment Award for the Gov2.0 category, 2013 and 2014 Australia Day Award, and 2012 Queensland iAwards State Merit Recipient.

As one of the founding members of the National E-Health Transition Authority (now Australian Digital Health Agency), Helen was instrumental in establishing many of the key building blocks necessary for My Health Record and has held senior roles in private industry delivering some of Australia and New Zealand’s first nurse-led triage call centres after spending several years with NHS Scotland.

In recognition of her commitment to better healthcare through innovative technology she was the recipient of the 2011 Women in Technology Professional Award and in 2014 Women in Technology Outstanding ICT Achievement award and named as the Women in Technology ICT Ambassador for 2014.

Originally from the Darling Downs, Helen is a practising Registered Nurse of over 30 years with both hospital-based and tertiary qualifications, including a Bachelor of Nursing and a Graduate Certificate of Information Technology. Helen brings extensive experience as a Company Director serving on several not-for-profit Boards and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Joseph Byrne 

Joseph Byrne | Acting Executive Director Finance, Infrastructure and Support Services

Joe is an experienced financial professional with over 12 years’ experience in leadership roles, most recently as Finance Manager of QEII Hospital.

He has extensive experience delivering financial services, leading projects and providing strategic analysis and advice in large and complex organisations, having previously held roles with Children’s Health Queensland, Metro North HHS and the Department of Housing and Public Works.

Joe is also a member of CPA Australia and holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resource Management.

Karen McLellan 

Karen McLellan | General Manager Acute Health Services

Karen McLellan is a Director of Nursing with over 33 years’ experience across nursing, midwifery, and project management roles. Karen began her nursing career at Longreach Hospital as a Registered Nurse in 1987 after completing her nursing training at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

Karen expanded her clinical experience through time at the Mater Mothers, Toowoomba, Warwick, Guyra and Armidale and Blackall hospitals before returning to Longreach Hospital in 1996. In February 2010 Karen was appointed to the Longreach Director of Nursing position and established a close relationship with staff and the wider hospital community.

A passion for project management saw Karen appointed to a new role with Central West HHS as the Director of Nursing – Transition and Commissioning in 2017. To support her in this role Karen completed a Diploma of Project Management (UNE) and she is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Healthcare with Professional Honours – clinical Redesign (UTAS). Karen led recent design and construct projects at the Longreach Hospital, Aramac PHC, Boulia PHC and Well-being Centre and Blackall Hospital Redevelopment.

Karen is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer with Mt Isa Centre for Rural & Remote Health in recognition of her long standing association with James Cook University.

Last updated: 14 October 2022