26 July 2019

The global search for a new Chief Executive to lead Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service is complete, with internal candidate Frank Tracey announced as the successful candidate.

Mr Tracey joined Children’s Health Queensland (CHQ) in 2016 as Executive Director of Community, Mental Health and Statewide Services and most recently as Executive Director for Clinical Services. He has acted in the lead role since former Chief Executive Fionnagh Dougan left at the end of June.

Mr Tracey has more than 30 years’ experience working in health systems, including previous chief executive roles and prior to joining CHQ in senior leadership roles at the Auckland District Health Board. He has a background in nursing and holds advanced qualifications in both health and management.

Children’s Health Queensland Health and Hospital Service Board Chair David Gow said Mr Tracey was the clear choice from an impressive pool of applicants from across the country and the world.

“Frank’s commitment to driving our international research agenda, his focus on clinical excellence, quality and safety and most importantly – his passion for improving the equity of health outcomes for children and young people across Queensland, all made Mr Tracey the clear choice to take CHQ forward,” Mr Gow said.

Mr Tracey said he was privileged to take on the role of chief executive and looked forward to cementing Children’s Health Queensland as a world-class, internationally-recognised leader in paediatric hospital and health service delivery.

“Every day, Children’s Health Queensland will deliver care to more than 1,000 children and young people from across the State, through the Queensland Children’s Hospital, our community services and outreach clinics,” Mr Tracey said.

“This is made possible through the extraordinary skill and commitment of our clinicians and I look forward to working alongside them to continue to improve and innovate the safe, world-class care in our facilities.

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