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