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New chief executive for Torres and Cape HHS

16 March 2018

Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service Executive General Manager (South) Bev Hamerton has been appointed as the new Chief Executive for the health service.

Health Board Chair Bob McCarthy said Ms Hamerton’s appointment was a deserving one.

“Bev has a long history of working in our region, most recently as Executive General Manager (South) based first in Weipa and then in Cooktown,’’ he said.

“She also previously worked as the Executive Director of Nursing Services for the former Torres Strait–Northern Peninsula Area Health Service District from 2009 to 2013 and before that as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in the Torres Strait and NPA from 2002 to 2009.

“From 2013 to 2017, prior to rejoining our health service, she worked in Western Australia as a Health Operations Manager and then Regional Nursing and Midwifery Director for the Western Australian Country Health Service in the wheatbelt region.

“Bev has a strong interest in focussing on the patient experience, workforce planning and management, advancing robust models of care, and resource allocation and service planning in remote areas.

“She will take up her new appointment on 31 March and will be based in Weipa.

“I’m sure Torres and Cape HHS residents will join me in congratulating Bev on her new appointment.

“The board and I look forward to working closely with her and benefiting from her extensive experience in delivering health services in rural and remote regions.’’

Mr McCarthy said in congratulating Ms Hamerton, he would also like to thank current Interim Chief Executive Terry Mehan for his leadership and support since taking on his temporary position in October last year.

“Mr Mehan will continue to be engaged by the Torres and Cape HHS over the next few months to conclude a number of important projects,’’ Mr McCarthy said.

“As a highly experienced health manager, Mr Mehan’s skills will be invaluable as we transition to the new permanent chief executive and continue setting the future direction of our health service.

“I’d like to thank Terry for his support to date and continuing support over the coming months.’’

Photo caption: Bev Hamerton, newly appointed Chief Executive for Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service

Last updated: 19 March 2018