Colleen Clur, executive director strategy planning and engagement
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.