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Unleashing the potential: an open and equitable health system

Healthcare for Queenslanders in a pandemic ready world

The Reform Planning Group was established to prepare advice for the Director-General and the Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services on how best to harness the opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic response to support the best possible health and healthcare for Queenslanders.

The Australian and Queensland health systems have made some rapid changes to healthcare delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and some of these innovations have ongoing potential. A ‘window of opportunity’ exists for Queensland’s health system to build on the pandemic response reforms and innovations that deliver better value for our patients, our workforce and partners, and the wider community.


The group’s report has been developed with input from clinicians, health experts, consumers, unions and other stakeholders, and provides a roadmap to further strengthen Queensland’s health system.

The report outlines 17 recommendations focused on key areas to accelerate health system transformation:

  • Establish health equity in access to services and health outcomes.
  • Create a high-value, integrated health system.
  • Develop an innovative system and empowered workforce.
  • Establish system-level accountability to enable greater collaboration.

Read the report: Unleashing the potential: an open and equitable health system (PDF 6350 kB)

Group members

  • Ms Meegan Fitzharris (Chair)
  • Mr Adrian Carson
  • Mr Shaun Drummond
  • Ms Melissa Fox
  • Professor Sabina Knight
  • Professor Keith McNeil
  • Ms Beth Mohle
  • Dr John Pickering

Independent advisor

  • Dr Stephen Duckett
Last updated: 19 February 2022