Children’s Health Queensland to launch global search for new Chief Executive

28 March 2019 

Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ) will launch a global search for a new Chief Executive to lead Queensland’s specialist statewide paediatric services and the Queensland Children’s Hospital.

CHQ Board Chair David Gow made the announcement today following the resignation of Fionnagh Dougan, who has accepted the role of Chief Executive Officer at Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast District Health Boards in New Zealand.

Ms Dougan will finish on 28 June after serving for over four years in the role.

Mr Gow said Ms Dougan had made a remarkable contribution to CHQ during her tenure.

“Fionnagh joined CHQ in January 2015 and through her leadership, united the workforce and culture through a clear vision to lead life-changing care for children and young people.

“Fionnagh has championed clinical excellence throughout our services and assembled an outstanding leadership team focused on innovation and the delivery of world-class, family-centred care for Queensland children, regardless of where they live.

“Her passion and belief in early intervention and equitable access to health services for all children and young people has seen CHQ develop a focus on addressing the social determinants of health as the basis for a positive start, culminating in the recent launch of our Children’s Health and Wellbeing Services Plan 2018-2028.

“This 10-year plan will be a lasting legacy of Fionnagh’s contribution, focused on improving child health outcomes and better service access across Queensland into the future.

“Fionnagh will be missed by all who have worked with her and she returns to New Zealand with our sincerest thanks and best wishes for the future.”

Mr Gow said the CHQ Board would immediately commence a global search for a new Chief Executive.

A recognised leader in paediatric healthcare, education and research, Children’s Health Queensland delivers a full range of clinical services, tertiary-level care and health advocacy programs across the State.

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.


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