Our Executive Leadership Team
Jane Hancock | Health Service Chief Executive
Jane Hancock has been the Health Service Chief Executive, Central West Hospital and Health Service since August 2016. In Jane’s previous position she was the Executive Director of Operations, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service which she held since 2012.
Jane has over 30 years’ experience in health care and her areas of interest include; value in healthcare delivery, patient outcomes and healthcare leadership.
Jane received qualifications in critical care nursing from the teaching hospitals of the University of NSW. Jane is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has qualifications in; education and project management. Jane also has a Masters in Business Administration and has recently completed a program of study at Harvard.
Anthony West | General Manager Primary Health Services
Anthony West is a physiotherapist with over 30 years’ experience in the health care sector. He began his career in clinical physiotherapy practicing in the Queensland public hospital system, aged care and in private practice. Anthony re-joined the Department of Health in 2005 undertaking a range of corporate operational roles, including as a senior manager in Home and Community Care, Corporate Services and the Department’s Liaison Office.
Prior to joining the Central West Hospital and Health Service in June 2018 as the General Manager- Primary Care Anthony had state-wide responsibility for contracting community-based health services as Director, Community Services Funding Branch, Department of Health, based in Brisbane. Anthony enjoys the challenges associated with the delivery of community-based health services, in particular optimisation of the workforce and measurement of outcomes.
Anthony holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland, a Master of Sports Physiotherapy from Griffith University and a Graduate Certificate in Business from Queensland University of Technology.
Craig Carey | General Manager Acute Health Services
Craig Carey commenced in the role of General Manager Acute Health Services in June 2018 providing oversight of the operational management of Central West Health’s provision of site specific in-patient, surgical and emergency care, aeromedical and patient transport programs in line with national and state policy and guidelines. Craig has relieved in the capacity of Health Service Chief Executive on two occasions prior to taking on this role and relocating to Longreach.
Previously, Craig has performed the role of Director Service Agreement Strategy and Management within the Department of Health’s Healthcare Purchasing and System Performance Division where he has worked closely with most of the Hospital and Health Services across Queensland. Craig brings knowledge and experience gained from a range of Director roles since his commencement in Queensland Health in 1997 including for BreastScreen Queensland, the Preventive Health Branch, the Chronic Disease Strategy Team and Surgery Connect. Most recently his focus has been on facilitating health service partnerships and performance management across the key performance indicators.
Craig holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honours in Psychology from the University of Queensland. He has subsequently attained Graduate Certificates in Health Management and Policy Analysis from Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology respectively.
Dr David Walker | Executive Director Medical Services
BSc MBBS Dip. Mental Health FRACGP FACRRM AICD AFRACMA
Dr David Walker is the Executive Director of Medical Services for the Central West Hospital and Health Service. He graduated from the University of Queensland in 2001 before gaining his fellowships of the Royal College of General Practitioners and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. David has a special interest in Mental Health and completed advanced training in this discipline at the Cairns Base Hospital in 2008.
David was appointed Director of Medical Services at Longreach Hospital in 2013 and has continued to foster an interest in medical administration, completing an associate Fellowship of the College of Medical Administrators in 2018
David has always loved working and living rurally. He remains a passionate rural GP with a drive to improving access to health care for rural people and feels this aligns with the Health service’s goal to become leaders in far-reaching healthcare.
David’s focus is strengthening the Medical workforce with a particular emphasis on retention and clinician engagement. He believes in building a strong and capable workforce best placed to meet the diverse and at times challenging healthcare needs of our region.
Helen Murray | Chief Information Officer Rural & Remote
Helen has had a passion for all things health and IT for over 25 years. She has a solid track record in delivery from her first project role implementing HBCIS through to recent eHealth Queensland collaborations with the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. 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. Helen 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 in the education and healthcare sectors. She is a member of the Australian College of Nursing, Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, Women on Boards and Women in Technology. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Community Directors of Australia.
Lorelle Coombe | Executive Director Workforce Governance and Information Management
Ms 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.
Danielle Causer | Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery Services
Danielle Causer is the Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services for the Central West Hospital and Health Service. She has previously worked in various roles within the public and private sectors across Queensland, New South Wales and a short stint providing nursing education in China.
Danielle has over 16 years of experience in nursing and has primary worked in the rural and remote setting. She has qualifications in; clinical education, general practice management, project management and a Master of Nursing. Danielle is working towards publishing a research paper on Nursing Workforce in the Remote setting, focussing on values-based support towards recruitment and retention of Nurses and Midwives.
Danielle is passionate about rural and remote health and 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.