New health district established
A NEW era for health services on the Fraser Coast started yesterday with the establishment of a Wide Bay Health Service District, headed up by new CEO Ken Whelan.
On his first day in the hot seat Mr Whelan began the job of effectively pulling together the services in Hervey Bay, Maryborough, the North Burnett, Miriam Vale and Bundaberg.
Mr Whelan was yesterday confident the new, stand alone district would allow a strengthened local focus on the provision of health services in the rapidly growing Wide Bay region.
The previous Wide Bay health service was amalgamated with the Sunshine Coast service on September 1, 2008.
“While the district may have changed, it’s business as usual for all our facilities,” he said.
“The local hospital management arrangements will remain unchanged with directors of nursing and senior doctors responsible for the day-to-day management of each hospital in our district.”
Mr Whelan has a nursing background and for the past 23 years he has been involved in health management.
He led two district health boards in New Zealand and from 2002 to 2008 he was the district manager of the Townsville Health District.
Mr Whelan said he had had a comprehensive handover from Kevin Hegarty, the previous CEO, on all matters concerning the Wide Bay area.
“As far as any changes to services, it is early days for me.
“Initially my plan is to form and develop this new district to function as a district while acknowledging the uniqueness and positive attributes of each site of the Wide Bay area.”