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New direc­tor for South West health area

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A DOC­TOR with ex­ten­sive ru­ral and re­gional ex­pe­ri­ence in Queens­land and Western Aus­tralia has been ap­pointed the South West Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice’s new ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of med­i­cal ser­vices.

South West HHS chief ex­ec­u­tive Linda Patat said Dr Tim Smart had re­placed Dr Chris Buck, who had re­turned to Western Aus­tralia to pur­sue new ca­reer op­tions.

Dr Smart took up his ap­point­ment with the South West HHS on Septem­ber 17.

Ms Patat said Dr Smart had most re­cently been em­ployed with the Orange Health Ser­vice in coun­try New South Wales.

He has also worked for Cen­tral Queens­land HHS as ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of med­i­cal ser­vices and ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of med­i­cal ser­vices for Glad­stone Hos­pi­tal and other ru­ral fa­cil­i­ties.

Other ap­point­ments in­cluded ex­ec­u­tive roles with the Wide Bay HHS, Western Aus­tralia Coun­try Health Ser­vice, the South Met­ro­pol­i­tan Area Health Ser­vice in Perth, and health ser­vices in Fiji and New Zealand.

Ms Patat said Dr Smart held fel­low­ships of both the Royal Aus­tralian Col­lege of Gen­eral Prac­ti­tion­ers and the Royal Aus­tralasian Col­lege of Med­i­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tors.

“His wide range of both clin­i­cal and ad­min­is­tra­tive med­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence will be of great ben­e­fit to the South West,” she said.

Dr Smart said he was thrilled to take up his new ap­point­ment.

“I’ve al­ready started get­ting around the re­gion to meet both med­i­cal and non-med­i­cal staff and in­tend to visit all our fa­cil­i­ties over the com­ing weeks,” he said.

“I’m pas­sion­ate about ru­ral health and the de­liv­ery of ap­pro­pri­ate qual­ity health ser­vices to peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas as close as pos­si­ble to where they live.

“I’m keen to de­liver as many ser­vices as pos­si­ble lo­cally with a strong fo­cus on work­force ca­pac­ity build­ing and pa­tient safety. This in­cludes the fly­ing spe­cial­ist ser­vices pro­vided by the South West HHS to a num­ber of ju­ris­dic­tions.

“The South West HHS al­ready has an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion in the de­liv­ery of tele­health ser­vices and this is an area that is an ab­so­lute game-changer for ru­ral health ser­vices.

“The South West is a huge re­gion, so pro­vid­ing ex­ten­sive health­care ser­vices to our res­i­dents can be a chal­lenge, which is why tele­health ser­vices are vi­tal.”

❝ I’m pas­sion­ate about ru­ral health and the de­liv­ery of ap­pro­pri­ate qual­ity health ser­vices to peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HEALTH BOOST: Dr Tim Smart is the new ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of med­i­cal ser­vices for the South West Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice.

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