About Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (HHS)

The Darling Downs HHS employs approximately 6,000 staff and manages a budget of more than $900 million annually.

The Darling Downs HHS delivers hospital and healthcare services to approximately 300,000 people across a large and diverse geographic area of approximately 90,000 square kilometres. This area includes the local government areas of Toowoomba Regional Council, Western Downs Regional Council, Southern Downs Regional Council, South Burnett Regional Council, Goondiwindi Regional Council, Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council and part of the Banana Shire Council (community of Taroom).

The Darling Downs HHS delivers its services from 28 facilities, which include one large regional referral hospital, three medium sized regional hub hospitals, eleven rural hospitals, four multipurpose health services, one community outpatient clinic, six residential aged care facilities, one community care unit and an extended inpatient mental health service.

The Darling Downs HHS is a high performing and efficient provider of public health services for the region. With a strong track record of good financial performance, that has allowed reinvestment into delivering improved infrastructure and more services for the community.

The region that the Darling Downs HHS serves is changing. Increasing rates of chronic disease, an ageing community and shifts in public and private health market shares are among the greatest challenges. However, opportunities in integrated care, innovative healthcare delivery, workforce planning and strengthening partnerships with the Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network provide exciting areas of focus for the future.

Required skills, knowledge and experience

The Darling Downs Hospital and Health Board considers skills and expertise in the areas listed below as highly desirable for a member or Chair:

  • Management of large/complex infrastructure and capital works

Other skills, knowledge or experience that may be required as set out in the legislation include (but are not limited to):

  • Expertise in Health Management
  • Expertise in Business management
  • Expertise in Financial management
  • Expertise in Industrial management
  • Expertise in Human Resource management
  • Clinical expertise and Clinician
  • Primary healthcare skills, knowledge and experience
  • Consumer and community health knowledge
  • Academia in HHS operations
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander persons

We strongly encourage First Nations people, women, people with expertise in multiculturalism, young people and people with disabilities to apply.

Board Members are key leaders in their local communities. They fulfil important internal governance obligations in relation to the oversight of HHS operations and will often represent the HHS at meetings, events and community activities. These additional activities may occur outside standard business hours.

The geographical areas of Hospital and Health Services are large and additional time commitment may be required by Board Members to accommodate travel to local communities and facilities. This is particularly the case for HHSs located in regional areas.

The approximate time commitment for these positions is five days per fortnight for Chairs and three days per fortnight for Members.

Further information regarding Darling Downs HHS is available: https://www.darlingdowns.health.qld.gov.au/

For more information on how to apply please download the Applicant Information Pack.

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DDHHS acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land across Queensland, and pays respect to First Nations Elders past, present and future and actively encourages applications from First Nations peoples.

If you require any assistance or adjustments to this application process to enable you to apply for the advertised role, please contact an Executive Quarter team member on 0497 499 749 or email [email protected] for a confidential discussion.