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Sunshine Coast health board to benefit from continuity

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A former State MP who has a wealth of experience in social work, community health and governance has become the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Board’s latest member.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick today welcomed Anita Phillips to the health board and congratulated four other members for their reappointments.

Mr Dick said the board, chaired by Dr Lorraine Ferguson AM, had provided strong leadership in the delivery of their region’s health services, which included opening the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in April.

“The board welcomes Anita Phillips, who served as Member for Thuringowa from 2001 and 2004 and has had a distinguished career in all forms of government,” the Minister said.

“Ms Phillips also brings valuable experience in social work and community health to the board.

“I am also pleased to announce that GP Dr Mason Stevenson, business and industry professional Brian Anker and accountant Cosmo Schuh have been re-appointed.

“I congratulate these members and look forward to working with them towards achieving the goal of making Queensland’s health system the best in Australia.

“The fact that so many board members sought reappointment is testament to their dedication to their communities.

“The Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Board is a diverse group, with three women and five men – all with a range of backgrounds, experience and skills – combining to ensure the broader community is well-represented in the health space.”

Dr Ferguson, Peter Sullivan and Associate Professor Edward Weaver will continue their terms on the board.

The Minister paid tribute to Professor Karen Woolley, who leaves the board after serving for the past four years.

Mr Dick said 77 people applied for positions on the board during the expressions of interest period and the task of selecting five candidates was a tough one.

The 16 boards throughout Queensland are responsible under the Hospital and Health Board Act 2011 for local performance of their health services and the delivery of public health services within their communities.

The board reappointments will take effect on 18 May 2017.