Luke Worth, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Ip­swich Hospi­tal

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Favourite food? I love a good bar­be­cue. Cats or dogs? Three cats and one dog so both get the vote in our house. Do you live in Ip­swich? Not yet…I am a nice com­mute dis­tance from just west of Bris­bane city but a move is not off the ta­ble.

Work back­ground? I have worked for al­most 20 years in health work­ing with a large number and wide range of health fa­cil­i­ties in New Zealand and across Aus­tralia.

Why health? Iwasa broad­caster/jour­nal­ist be­fore I tran­si­tioned into health al­most 20 years ago and there is noth­ing more chal­leng­ing and yet also re­ward­ing than work­ing in health. We ex­pe­ri­ence the very best and the heart-break­ing worst of hu­man be­hav­iours. Health pro­fes­sion­als never cease to amaze me and it has been a priv­i­lege to work with and sup­port some of the most tal­ented and ded­i­cated peo­ple I have

ever met.

What do you think is the big­gest chal­lenge re­lat­ing to your new

role? Health ex­pec­ta­tions in Aus­tralia are grow­ing, fund­ing chal­lenges are con­sis­tently in the public arena, and in the face of huge pop­u­la­tion growth one of our big­gest chal­lenges is mak­ing sure that where we in­vest our time, re­sources and ef­forts pro­vides the great­est ben­e­fit to the wider pop­u­la­tion needs. We will not be able to be ev­ery­thing to ev­ery­one, but in a world of in­creas­ing spe­cial­i­sa­tion and silo driven in­cen­tives we will need to fo­cus on how we con­nect and col­lec­tively de­liver a com­pre­hen­sive health sys­tem.

Luke Worth, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Ip­swich Hospi­tal. :

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