Monday, May 23, 2016 - 14:15

Six health professionals with strong associations with the Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences have been appointed to membership of Hospital and Health Boards across the state, as part of the refreshing of these Boards announced last week.

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Executive Dean Professor Bruce Abernethy said the inclusion of present academic staff, alumni and adjunct appointees of the Faculty on the HHS boards is important in helping shape the future of quality public health services for Queensland and ensuring that this is done in a way that links strongly to workforce education and research.

“We are extremely proud of the achievements of our health graduates and academics, and these appointments are a reflection of the high calibre of work they consistently produce and their reputation and standing in the health communities,” said Professor Abernethy.

Five of the six appointments are women, which reflects the strong representation of female membership selected by the Department of Health across all the boards.

The recent appointment of 78 new members to 16 Queensland Hospital and Health Boards included 44 women, meaning more than 52 per cent of board members are female.

This is the first time there has been more than 50 per cent female representation on Queensland’s health boards.

The University of Queensland academics and alumni appointed to Hospital and Health Boards include:

Children's Health Queensland 

West Moreton

Metro South

  • Dr Marion Tower, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Metro North

  • Dr Margaret Steinberg, AM, PhD (Health and Education) and Master of Physiotherapy (Research) graduate

Sunshine Coast

Under the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011, the Board is accountable for their Hospital and Health Service’s performance. 

This includes strategic direction and planning, client-focused delivery of services, financial accountability, legal and statutory compliance and efficient delivery of operations.