Ms Debbie Blumel
Board Member, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Board
Debbie has extensive experience in strategic leadership positions in health, disability and housing organisations facing disruptive challenges and requiring transformational change. Debbie served as a Councillor on the Sunshine Coast Council (2008-2012) and represented Sunshine Coast Council on the Council of Mayors’ Infrastructure Committee.
She was chair of Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast and was elected to represent Queensland coastal councils on the National Sea Change Taskforce. In 2012, Debbie was appointed CEO Northern Territory Medicare Local with a focus on improving the primary health care system and streamlining patient pathways, particularly for remote Indigenous peoples. In 2016, Debbie accepted the position of CEO Children’s Therapy Centre to transform the longstanding and iconic company to thrive under the NDIS.
Debbie’s previous experience in Queensland Health includes as Manager Public Health Planning and Research and as the Strategic Research and Development Advisor. In these roles, Debbie developed an integrated planning and reporting system to improve health outcomes, harness resources to evidence-based strategies, and foster a one-organisation performance culture.
Debbie also represented Queensland Health on national policy and strategy forums including National Public Health Expenditure Project, National Strategies Coordination Working Group, and the National Research and Development Task Group. She led a research team in a pioneering research project that published ‘Who Pays? The Economic Cost of Violence Against Women’ which was used by the Queensland Government in its Stop Violence Against Women campaign.
First appointed 8/05/2019 to 31/03/2022.