Children’s Health Queensland announces new Chief Executive

25 July 2019 

The global search for a new Chief Executive to lead Queensland’s specialist state-wide paediatric services and the Queensland Children’s Hospital is complete, with internal candidate Frank Tracey today announced as the Hospital and Health Service’s new chief.

Mr Tracey joined Children’s Health Queensland (CHQ) in 2016 as Executive Director 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.

CHQ Health and Hospital Service Board Chair David Gow made the announcement today and said Mr Tracey was the clear choice from an impressive pool of applicants from across the country and the world.

“Children’s Health Queensland is a recognised leader in paediatric healthcare, education and research, and the Board was seeking a strong leader that would take CHQ’s clinical services, tertiary-level care, research agenda and health advocacy programs forward, to continue to realise our vision of leading life-changing care to children and young people,” Mr Gow said.

Frank 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. Frank has a background in nursing and holds advanced qualifications in both health and management.

“Mr Tracey’s extensive experience in health commissioning and provision in clinical and community settings is complemented by strong managerial and leadership skills, and an applied interest in translational health research. While working in both government and non-government roles, Frank has focused on delivering sustainable health strategies that serve the best interests of patients, health professionals, the broader health system and the community.

“He has also played an integral role in building the strategic direction of CHQ since he joined the organisation in 2016 and his extensive clinical and health administration background has allowed him to positively engage not only our internal clinical and non-clinical workforce, but our wider stakeholders across the state, country and internationally.

“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 CHQ 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.

“I am also looking forward to building on Children’s Health Queensland’s partnerships across Queensland and the world, to develop knowledge and evidence for improved care and outcomes for children and young people.

“As well as delivering tertiary and quaternary care through the Queensland Children’s Hospital, CHQ also provides services from key locations in the Brisbane metropolitan area and works with the 15 other hospital and health services, as well as NGOs and charity partners in Queensland, to deliver an integrated network of healthcare services and support across the state.

“As the leader of paediatric care in Queensland, we are proud to partner across the health system and government agencies to advocate for and advance the health and wellbeing of children and young people, with a particular focus on early intervention and integrated care,” he said.


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