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New health executive appointments

Three new executive appointments in Queensland Health are set to ensure the department’s relentless focus on improvement continues.

Queensland Health Director-General, Ian Maynard said the appointments, in human resources and information technology, were essential for the department to continue on its journey of renewal and innovation.

“We are farewelling two Queensland Health executives, and I thank both Lyn Rowland, our out-going Chief Human Resources Officer, and Ray Brown, Chief Information Officer, for their dedication and service.”

“We all wish them well in their new endeavours.

“However, we are a fast-paced and rapidly evolving organisation so ensuring continuity in these key roles is a definite priority for me,” Mr Maynard said.

Following the release of Queensland Health’s 10-year ICT Strategic Roadmap in June, the Chief Health Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer roles were created.

“I am very pleased to announce that Mal Thatcher, currently Chief Information Officer at Mater Health Services, will take leave from Mater and be appointed as our CHIO, for a period of 12 months.”

“We have a strong relationship with Mater and this arrangement is testimony to the shared desire of Queensland Health and Mater to deliver improvements to our health system.”

"Mal brings with him significant experience in IT and leadership in delivering high-quality healthcare information systems that support the operational and administration of health services.”

“Mal’s skill mix is exactly what we need to help deliver on our ICT plan.”

Paul Carroll, currently Senior Director of Program Delivery in the department’s Health Service Information Agency, will temporarily take on the CTO role.

“The CTO role focuses largely on operations and program delivery which makes Paul very well-suited to this position.”

Following the departure of Lyn Rowland, David Waters will temporarily take over the role of Chief Human Resources Officer from September 1.

“The HR portfolio has a strong agenda moving forward assisting both the department and our Hospital and Health Services as we move through the award modernisation process.”

“Health is always an exciting department with a lot going on, even more so in the coming months as we continue our focus on improving services and making gains in efficiency, which are integral to delivering better services and providing value for money for the people of Queensland.”

"I wish Mal, Paul and David well in their respective positions, and look forward to working with them.”

Last updated: 26 August 2014