Colleen Clur, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor strat­egy plan­ning and en­gage­ment

The Queensland Times - - NEWS -

Favourite food? Viet­namese sal­ads, any­thing with mint and co­rian­der. And cof­fee. Does that qual­ify as a food?

Cats or dogs? I was a cat per­son but have gone over to the ca­nine-side, hav­ing had my heart melted (then bro­ken when he died at a ripe old age) by our mal­tese-shitzu, Rusty. Do you live in Ip­swich? I live in the western sub­urbs of Bris­bane, in In­dooroop­illy, but have of­ten vis­ited Ip­swich and love the city and the whole beau­ti­ful West More­ton re­gion. I’ve al­ready joined the PCYC and hope to be­come a vol­un­teer in the com­mu­nity.

Work back­ground? I started off as a jour­nal­ist in South Africa which was a won­der­ful chal­lenge as we re­ported on the tran­si­tion to democ­racy in the 1990s. I moved with my young fam­ily to Bris­bane 19 years ago and have worked in the public and pri­vate health sec­tor in se­nior con­sult­ing, en­gage­ment, mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion roles for the past 10 years.

I pre­vi­ously worked at Chil­dren’s Health Queens­land as Se­nior Di­rec­tor Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and En­gage­ment. I have also worked in se­nior roles at Queens­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy and UQ.

Why health? Health is end­lessly chal­leng­ing and ex­cit­ing and I en­joy work­ing in a field ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the health and lives of ev­ery­one in our com­mu­nity.

What do you think is the big­gest chal­lenge re­lat­ing to your new role? Be­ing able to lis­ten and in­volve pa­tients, fam­i­lies and the wider com­mu­nity about their health needs and trans­late those ideas into im­prove­ments to make a real dif­fer­ence. Chal­lenges we need to address in­clude clos­ing the health gap be­tween In­dige­nous and non-In­dige­nous mem­bers of the com­mu­nity; work­ing to im­prove health out­comes by tack­ling the life­style fac­tors which con­trib­utes to poor health; and de­vel­op­ing cre­ative strate­gies with part­ners to en­sure we can pro­vide sus­tain­able, high-qual­ity health ser­vices.

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