The New Director General Queensland Health – Michael Walsh

By Monique O’Rielley                                                                      Monique O'Rielley

This morning Eden Ritchie hosted a table at the ACHSM Breakfast where the new Director General of Queensland Health, Mr Michael Walsh was introduced. The event was hugely popular and the presentation was in regards to the priorities and challenges for Queensland Health from now to 2016 and beyond. To secure your copy of Mr Walsh’s presentation click here.

Mr Walsh has entered his new position at the finalisation of “The Hunter Review” (which is actually next month’s breakfast topic). He covered off a few of the changes being implemented including new organisational structures and governance.

The main challenge facing the health industry is the proposed decrease in funding in the near future, yet still providing optimal patient care throughout the state. Keeping this in mind, the top priorities and new initiatives, including election commitments, to be tackled are:

  • Nursing Workforce (nurse navigators, school-aged nursing services)
  • Patient Safety & Quality (nurse/patient ratio, central improvement service)
  • Mental Health (Day Respite Centres, Intensive Services for young people, Acute inpatient adolescent services, support workshops & other interventions)
  • Preventative Health & Health Promotion (targeting preventative illnesses/diseases ie diabetes and cardiac disease)
  • Outpatient Long Wait Reduction Strategy
  • Hospital & Health Facility Investment (new Sunshine Coast Public Hospital, expansions & redevelopments of existing, enhancement of regional hospitals programs)

The aim of these strategies is to keep people healthy while providing safe and time efficient services within a sustainable system into the future. Early intervention in these areas should, in theory, stop the increased risk of illnesses/diseases progressing into more complicated/complex cases, which will put a strain on the public healthcare system.

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Eden Ritchie – Health Recruitment


Having never written a blog nor really ever read one, as I have in the past surmised that they were often written by people with too much time on their hands and over-opinionated view points. I thought a good starting point would to do some research as to what information is out there and what is then “blogged”. It would seem that there are in fact some people out there with far to much time on their hands but they have equipped themselves with a good understanding and some good insights. I hope that I can deliver something informative and provide you with some insight into how the health sector is travelling at the moment and what successes we at Eden Ritchie Recruitment have been achieving of late.

As you maybe aware the national health system is being reformed, as of the 1stof July 2012. The current system will be pulled apart and put back together to cope with the ever-changing population needs. What does this mean for Queensland’s public health system? It means 17 Local Health and Hospital Networks (LHHN) will be established, where statutory bodies will be established with governing councils to deliver and manage the healthcare in their regions. Responsible and accountable to the local community, they will provide critical public services.

The health care sector has shown a steady rate of increased advertising, with Brisbane and the surrounding areas advertising approximately 800 health care jobs for November, ranging from AIN’s to Executive Directors. While residential care facilities are a large portion of these advertisements, there is still a fair amount of senior and Executive positions listed, for both public sector and private sector. Speaking with a number of residential care facilities to find out what is keeping their staffing vacancies so high, they suggested they are requiring a lot more “skilled hands on deck”, which is understandable as there is movement towards “community care” and “Home Care”. I would envisage that this ever-growing sector will continue to have high advertising rates with a focus on the need for good clinical staff,  but they will also need to provide good solid management practice and strategic approach to support their expanding work force.

Eden Ritchie has recently successfully placed several key positions within health and continues this month to finalise several key positions. Noted as one of the “key appointments within Queensland Health this year”, we have successfully placed the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, which will be announced in the next few days. Also placing the Executive Director – Toowoomba Health Service during November, we continue to grow in the sector. While concentrating on some key appointments, there is also some continual growth in the clinical arena and senior clinical roles. While locum positions are becoming rare there is always going to be the need fill departments with good clinical staff and we still continue to source these roles with good clinical candidates.  By Jason Thomas