About Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (HHS)

Wide Bay HHS employs approximately 3,637 FTE staff and has an operating budget of $771.9 million for 2022-2023, which is an increase from the published 2021-2022 operating budget of $724.9 million.

The Wide Bay HHS is responsible for the delivery of public hospital and health services including medical, surgical, emergency, obstetrics, paediatrics, specialist outpatient clinics, mental health, critical care and clinical support services to a population exceeding 219,000 persons, across the geographical area of around 37,000 square kilometres, which incorporates the North Burnett, Bundaberg and Fraser Coast local government areas and part of Gladstone Regional Council (Miriam Vale). Wide Bay HHS operates regional hospitals at Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Maryborough, along with eight rural facilities across the North Burnett region.

The Wide Bay HHS population is projected to grow at 0.9% per cent per annum over the 20 years to 2041, which is below the state wide growth rate, however certain pockets within the region are expected to exceed this. The region is also ageing, with more than 25 per cent of the population aged over 65 (compared to a Queensland average of 15.4 per cent), and almost one third of residents projected to be aged over 65 by 2041. Wide Bay is socio-economically disadvantaged compared to the remainder of the state, with 54.5 per cent of the population falling into the bottom socio-economic quintile, and just 7.7 per cent falling into the top two quintiles.

Required skills, knowledge and experience

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

  • Chartered Accountant/CPA
  • Allied Health/Nursing strong health background
  • Quality and Safety
  • Media relations and Marketing

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
  • Legal expertise
  • Primary healthcare skills, knowledge and experience
  • Consumer and community health knowledge
  • Academia in HHS operations
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander persons and associated Community Health issues

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 Wide Bay HHS is available at: www.health.qld.gov.au/widebay 

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

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WBHHS 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.