Annette Scott, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (DDHHS) Executive Director for Allied Health, has been appointed to the Queensland Clinical Senate (QCS).
Ms Scott said she was honoured to have a seat at the table of Queensland Health’s peak clinician advisory body, and looked forward to representing allied health professionals on the QCS board.
"I am very pleased to be appointed to the Clinical Senate Executive and to bring an allied health perspective to the planning and initiatives that are actioned through the Executive," Ms Scott said.
"My commitment, as part of the Senate Executive, and as part of the broader Clinical Senate, is to share collective knowledge, consider strategic clinical issues and make recommendations to Queensland Health about how to deliver the best care to Queenslanders.
"With numerous years of experience as a clinician delivering direct patient care in both the public and private health sectors, and now with nearly five years’ experience providing executive management oversight to the delivery of allied health services across the Darling Downs region, I feel I am well positioned to provide a valuable perspective to the deliberations of the Senate.
"I have a particular passion for working with clinicians across both the primary provider as well as the acute care sector in order to improve the connectedness and integration of health services. To this end I look forward to the contribution I can make as part of the Clinical Senate Executive."
DDHHS Chief Executive Dr Peter Gillies said Ms Scott’s appointment was indicative of her standing in the field of allied health.
"On behalf of the entire Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service I would like to pass on our sincerest congratulations to Annette," Dr Gillies said.
"She has been, and continues to be, an impassioned advocate for the range of professions that fall under the banner of allied health, and she will be a great asset to the QCS."
Chair of the Queensland Clinical Senate Dr David Rosengren welcomed Ms Scott to the executive team.
"The Senate gives clinicians the opportunity to form a collective voice on issues that are vital for improving patient care and the health system in general," Dr Rosengren said.
"Annette’s experience ensures the allied health perspective is represented."
Ms Scott joined more than 150 senior clinicians and health system leaders at the Senate’s March 2018 meeting ‘Leading for the future.’
The meeting focused on strategies to strengthen clinical leadership and the voice of clinicians through the Senate and Statewide Clinical Networks.
"With significant change in the health system in Queensland during the past 10 to 15 years, the environment in which the Senate and clinical networks were created is now vastly different," Dr Rosengren said.
"It is vital that we assess the clinician framework to ensure it is fit for purpose into the future, while strengthening clinician contribution to health system governance in Queensland."
To read more about the Senate, visit https://clinicalexcellence.qld.gov.au/priority-areas/clinician-engagement/queensland-clinical-senate