Ayr doctor appointed to clinical council
9 August 2018
Ayr Health Service medical superintendent Dr Benjamin Lawry has been appointed to the Townsville Hospital and Health Service’s very first clinical council.
The clinical council offers the opportunity to be a voice for rural health, influence patient care and system change.
The 11-strong council is made up of medical, nursing and allied health professionals who will act as a conduit for the organisation’s workforce and share their views on how patient care could be improved.
Dr Lawry said he was looking forward to representing his colleagues and making a change to healthcare in the Burdekin.
“I applied for the clinical council as I wanted to provide a voice to the rural medical workforce within our health service,” he said.
“25 per cent of the population in our health service area access care in a rural location which is why it is so important to have rural representation on the clinical council.
“I hope to advocate for more clinical training delivered locally at our rural facilities because well-trained workforces at rural hospitals means more services can be provided locally which in turn results in positive patient outcomes.”
Dr Lawry said the establishment of the clinical council was a great step forward for the Townsville Hospital and Health Service.
“The clinical council will provide a voice for frontline staff direct to senior management, the board and executive team,” he said.
Townsville Hospital and Health Service Board member and urogynaecologist Professor Ajay Rane, who chaired the selection panel, said the calibre of applicants was staggering.
“This process showed us that there is great passion among our doctors, nurses and allied health staff for patient advocacy, system improvement and positive change,” he said.
“The creation of the council is based on the simple premise that we can always do better.
“The outstanding record of this health service speaks for itself but it doesn’t mean that we can’t, and shouldn’t, look for what we can do better.
“Frontline clinicians who work every day with patients at the bedside, in clinics and in the community, have pole position and we need to hear and heed their voices.”
Professor Rane said the council was representative of clinicians across disciplines and reflected staff at different stages of their careers.
“It was important that we had clinicians with many years of experience as well as those who are only part way on their journey so we have a mix of perspectives and life and professional experience.”
Board Chair Tony Mooney said he was delighted to hear the clinical council announced.
“Engagement with our staff, consumers and community is key to our new strategic plan and the creation of this council is a vital step, inviting those who have a vested interest, to influence the direction of our health service and guide us, as a Board and an organisation, in our models and delivery of care.”