A NEW Director of Nursing – Facility Manager has started at Kingaroy Hospital, bringing with her almost 40 years of nursing experience and a passion for providing the best health service possible.
Registered nurse and midwife Liz Livingstone began her career in Brisbane, completing her nursing training at St Andrews War Memorial Hospital in 1980 and her midwifery training at Royal Women’s Hospital in 1985 before heading overseas for a working holiday.
Upon her return to Australia, Ms Livingstone spent three months working at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane before setting off on a trip around Australia.
Ms Livingstone’s first stop on her odyssey was the Atherton Tablelands where she worked for the Hospital and Health Service and met and married her husband.
When their children were at primary school they moved to Weipa where Ms Livingston worked for Cape York Hospital and Health Service, then Cairns Hospital and Health Service three years later, followed by Mackay Hospital and Health Service, as she progressed her nursing career.
Most recently, Ms Livingstone was based at Clermont Multi Purpose Health Service, where she was the Director of Nursing/ Facility Manager for four years.
Ms Livingstone said she was drawn to Kingaroy for its location, lifestyle and the opportunity to join a team of dedicated health professionals.
“I really enjoyed my time living in Far North and Central Queensland, but I missed my family at the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane and it is so nice to be back within driving distance of them,” Ms Livingstone said.
“I find Kingaroy and the South Burnett to be very interesting and scenic and my husband and I are enjoying exploring the region on our motorbike and currently looking for a home,” she said.
“Kingaroy Hospital is a very busy health service and the staff are committed to providing a high standard of patient care at all times regardless of the circumstances, they go above and beyond.
“I am enjoying being part of such a diligent team that is focused on continuing to provide the highest quality care we can possibly deliver, and see my role as ensuring we have the best people, resources and environment to support us on this journey.”
DON Rural South Burnett Margaret Wedge welcomed Ms Livingstone to her new role and said the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (DDHHS) would benefit from her wealth of experience and strong leadership skills.
“We are looking forward to working with Ms Livingstone to continue meeting the health needs of the South Burnett region,” Ms Wedge said.
“We would also like to acknowledge the great work done by the previous Kingaroy Hospital DON Mark White, acting DON Stacey Smith and acting DON Aschleigh Perring.”