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Hos­pi­tal searches for new se­nior direc­tor

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - DANIEL BATE­MAN daniel.bate­[email protected]

A VIC­TO­RIAN doc­tor will join Cairns Hos­pi­tal man­age­ment for three months to take over the po­si­tion of med­i­cal direc­tor fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive.

Dr Nicki Mur­dock has parted ways with the Cairns and Hin­ter­land Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice to take on a role as med­i­cal direc­tor at the Alder Hey Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Liver­pool.

A CHHHS spokes­woman said Dr Mur­dock, who is orig­i­nally from the UK, was look­ing for­ward to be­ing closer to fam­ily and friends after many years away from home.

“Nicki will be help­ing Alder Hey to build stronger na­tional and in­ter­na­tional part­ner­ships, in­clud­ing for the hos­pi­tal’s in­no­va­tion hub,” she said.

She said re­cruit­ment for a re­place­ment was un­der way, with Dr Colin Feek­ery from Vic­to­ria’s Eastern Health tak­ing on the role for three months from the end of Jan­uary.

Dr Don Martin, who has been act­ing in the po­si­tion since Dr Mur­dock de­parted CHHHS at the end of 2018, de­scribed Dr Feek­ery as a se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tor.

“He’s had a long ca­reer in man­ag­ing se­nior hos­pi­tals, from a med­i­cal per­spec­tive,” he said.

“He will be a great ad­di­tion to this health ser­vice over the next few months.”

Dr Mur­dock, who was awarded the Queens­land Tel­stra Busi­ness Women’s Award in the Pub­lic Ser­vice and Academia sec­tion, told the Cairns Post in an in­ter­view in May last year the chal­lenge for many health ser­vices into the fu­ture would be how to treat pa­tients out­side of hos­pi­tals.

“As we get bet­ter at do­ing things and we in­vent new treat­ments, it means we keep peo­ple alive for longer and that means it costs more,” she said.

“I think we need to look at how we im­prove health care so it pro­longs peo­ple’s lives but we need to af­ford it within the re­sources we have, and the peo­ple we have.”

DE­PARTED: CHHHS med­i­cal ser­vices ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Dr Nicki Mur­dock.

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