Our Executive Team includes the Health Service Chief Executive and a group of eight Executive Directors who are each responsible for a key area of our service.
Ms Jo Whitehead
Jo is a long-term health professional with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare in the UK and Australia.
She has held senior positions working in hospitals of all sizes and for the Department of Health in the UK and is passionate about providing more services for people in their own community.
Jo has a BA (Hons) in History, Post Graduate Diploma in Health Service Management and Post Graduate Certificate in Health Service Economics.
Outside of work, Jo enjoys walking with her new puppies, cooking and reading and is keen on skiing (snow not water!) although she is recent convert to stand-up paddle boarding.
Mr Brett Oates
Executive Director Finance, Procurement & Infrastructure
Brett commenced with Mackay Hospital and Health Service in August 2016 following three and a half years as CFO for the North West Hospital and Health Service, where he oversaw the development of financial and reporting systems in the formative years of the HHS. Demonstrating his commitment to integration of hospital and primary health, Brett undertook the role as Interim Chief Executive of the Western Queensland Primary Health Network for a period of 6 months supporting this valuable initiative for Western Queensland.
Brett’s earlier career has been supporting various activity based funding (ABF) models and has a wide breadth of demand measurement, fee and cost development in Australia, Germany, UK, Ireland, Qatar, Slovenia, Bosnia (BiH) and Singapore. In these roles he worked across the spectrum of hospitals, insurers and governments.
Ms Leigh Goldsmith
Executive Director HR & Engagement
Leigh commenced in the role of Executive Director, HR & Engagement for the Mackay Hospital and Health Service in August 2015.
Leigh is a highly skilled strategic leader with more than 20 years HR, organisational development; strategic and business planning; and change management experience. Leigh has significant Queensland Government experience and more recently has worked as a management consultant with Catholic Education, Sydney Children s Hospital and shared services.
Ms Terry Johnson
Executive Director Rural Services
Terry has extensive executive management and leadership experience within Queensland Health across a diverse range of service settings including large tertiary facilities, community services, mental health, aged care and rural health services.
Her health career began in her home town of Brisbane where she spent many years within the former Prince Charles and Royal Brisbane Hospital Districts. She accepted a secondment to Central Queensland in early 2000 where she developed a passion for rural health and has been working in rural settings ever since.
Her study interests initially lay in the science field with her pursuing a degree of Bachelor of Applied Science.
Professor Philip Reasbeck
Executive Director Medical Services & Chief Medical Officer
Before joining Mackay H&HS, Professor Philip Reasbeck was Executive Director of Medical Services and Chief Medical Officer at Ballarat Health Services in Victoria for over five years, having been previously Director of Surgery in the same organisation.
After gaining his first medical degree from the University of Cambridge in 1974, Philip trained as a general and vascular surgeon in London and southern England before completing his surgical training in New Zealand. He worked as a consultant, general and vascular surgeon in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, and as Medical Director of an NHS trust in the United Kingdom, before becoming a full-time medical administrator in 2010 in Australia.
Dr David Farlow
Executive Director Research & Innovation and Clinical Dean
David first arrived in the MHHS in 1984. David was Executive Director Clinical Services for MHHS from 2007-2015. Prior to that, he provided a broad range clinical service and leadership roles within the Whitsunday Health Service.
He reduced direct patient care over the last 5 years and now has no ‘hands on’ clinical practice.
After taking a 12 month sabbatical in New Zealand with his family in 2015, he moved into a joint role between MHHS (Medical Workforce, Education and Research) and James Cook University (Clinical Dean).
His expertise and experience includes undertaking a range of investigations, Service reviews and consultancies for QH. His community achievements include an Australia Day Shire Award in 2008 for his outstanding contribution to the community and a Queensland Health Leadership in Health Services Award in 2007.
Recently he was awarded an Adjunct Professorial role with James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry. In addition to his executive, clinical and community work, David is foremost a family man who enjoys fishing and golfing.
Ms Julie Rampton
Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery, Education and Support Services
Julie Rampton is the District Director of Nursing Services at Mackay Hospital and Health Service. Julie has worked for Queensland Health for 35 years, over 20 of those in senior nursing roles. She began her career at Maryborough Base Hospital and was Director of Nursing there for many years before moving to Mackay.
Julie trained in Midwifery at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Brisbane, and also holds tertiary qualifications in Management and Nurse Education.
Julie is a member of the Australian College of Nursing, Queensland Nurses Union and Association of Queensland Nurse Leaders.
Currently Julie holds the Executive portfolio at Mackay HHS for Education and Research, and has a keen interest in education, recruitment and retention of nurses, and innovative models of care.
As a member of the Executive team, Julie has been closely involved in the redevelopment of Mackay Base Hospital and associated workforce redesign and models of care.
Mr Paul Welford
Executive Director Operations Mackay
Paul has 20 years’ experience in managing healthcare services. Before moving to Mackay he worked in Qatar’s national healthcare system for five years and was accountable for the performance management of health services across four tertiary hospital sites, associated clinical support services and the national ambulance service.
Paul has also worked as the accountable Executive of Major Incident Planning to meet international standards as Qatar continues to host an increasing range of international events in the lead up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Prior to his employment in Qatar, Paul worked in healthcare across the North of Scotland region and in London.