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Reform Planning Group

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.

To support this, the Reform Planning Group has been established to prepare advice for the Director-General and the Deputy Premier and Minster 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.

Members of the Reform Planning Group

  • 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

The Group’s work will inform the development of a Reform Roadmap for consideration by the Deputy Premier and Minster for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services by mid-August 2020. The Roadmap will include recommendations on priority actions to ensure the health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders and sustainability of the health system. The recommendations will focus not only on ‘what’ needs to change but ‘how’ to create the conditions for culture and behaviour change at the individual and organisational level.

The Group will engage and consult across the Queensland health system and with other Queensland Government departments and recovery groups to inform the Roadmap.

Areas of focus include

  • Prevention and wellbeing
  • Driving value
  • Health system integration
  • Data and innovation

Guiding principles include supporting equity of health outcomes for all Queenslanders, including First Nations peoples and people living in rural and remote areas, and consideration of engagement, culture and behaviour required to support reform opportunities. Key enablers for reform will also be a focus including digital technology, workforce, infrastructure and funding arrangements.

Written submissions by 26 June

As part of the Group’s engagement and consultation across the Queensland health system, short written submissions are being sought in the form of two (2) key questions.

Submissions must be completed in the attached template. Please email your completed submission to:


Intergovernmental & Funding Strategy, Office of the Director-General & System Strategy Division, provides secretariat support for the Reform Planning Group. Please direct all inquiries to

Last updated: 11 June 2020