About West Moreton Hospital and Health Service (HHS)

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service (West Moreton Health, WMH) provides health and wellbeing services to more than 325,000 people across the Somerset, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Ipswich communities. The West Moreton Health catchment population is growing at the fastest rate of all Queensland HHSs and is expected to increase to 480,000 persons by 2036.

West Moreton Health employs approximately 4,140 FTE staff (at 11 June 2023) and in 2022-23 has an operating budget of about $900 million (a $30 million increase on the previous financial year).

Our healthcare teams provide preventative and primary healthcare services, ambulatory services, acute care, sub-acute care and oral health, mental health and other specialised services such as prison health services and alcohol and other drugs services, to the region.

The WMH service network includes Ipswich Hospital and four rural hospitals in Boonah, Gatton, Laidley and Esk, which together provide 428 overnight beds for their local residents (as at April 2023). Services are also available in the community closer to where people live and work, through the Ipswich Health Plaza, Goodna Community Health, Gailes Community Care Unit, and Ipswich Oral Health Clinic, the new Ripley Satellite Hospital, and outreach services at Redbank Plains, acute and palliative care in homes and aged care facilities, school based youth health services, and mobile BreastScreen and dental vans.

West Moreton Health also provides Queensland’s only forensic mental health services at The Park Centre for Mental Health (The Centre), including the high security inpatient extended forensic treatment rehabilitation unit and secure mental health rehabilitation unit. West Moreton Health also provides state-wide mental health services through the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning and the Queensland Mental Health Benchmarking Unit.

West Moreton Health delivers health services to Brisbane Correctional Centre, Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre, Brisbane Youth Detention Centre, Wolston Correctional Centre, Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre and Southern Queensland Correctional Centre. When Stage 2 of the Southern Queensland Correctional Precinct is commissioned, approximately 58% of the Queensland prisoner population will be housed in the WMH region.

The Health Service has strong community reference groups and consumer engagement which ensures the community has a voice in planning, design, delivery and evaluation of healthcare services.

Required skills, knowledge and experience

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

  • Chartered Accountant/CPA
  • Mental Health
  • Healthcare in Custodial environment
  • Infrastructure

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

  • Expertise in Industrial management
  • Expertise in Human Resources management
  • Clinical expertise and Clinician
  • Legal expertise
  • Primary healthcare skills, knowledge and experience
  • Academia in HHS operations
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person/s and associated Community Health knowledge

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 West Moreton Health is available at: www.westmoreton.health.qld.gov.au

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

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WMHHS 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.