Burdekin doctor named chair of clinical council

Townsville Hospital and Health Service names Burdekin doctor as chair of the clinical council.

Senior medical officer Dr Helen Fraser

Townsville Hospital and Health Service has announced the new chair of their clinical council, Ayr Health Service senior medical officer Dr Helen Fraser.

Established in 2018, The council offers clinicians the opportunity to be a voice for rural health, influence patient care and system change. It is made up of medical, nursing, and allied health professionals. 

Dr Fraser said the chance to represent clinicians across the organisation attracted her to the chair position. 

“The clinical council is an integral form of engagement with clinical staff across the Townsville HHS,” she said. 

“I’ve previously represented doctors as part of the Townsville Medical Staff Society and completed my specialist training which made it clear that working in a multi-disciplinary team in a leadership capacity was a natural transition for me. 

“As chair, my priorities will focus on ensuring clinical staff are consulted on potential changes to delivery of health care and given the chance to co-design the way health care is delivered.” 

Dr Fraser said she hoped her background as a rural clinician would serve her well on the clinical council. 

“Rural doctors are used to optimising the services and staffing we have to meet the needs of the population occurring at the time,” she said. 

“We are focused on multi-disciplinary approach small teams and understanding the roles of the people around us, ultimately attempting to ensure that we are delivering a wholesome and patient-centred approach. 

“I think this will translate well to looking at things from an organisation-wide perspective,” she said. 

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