Dr Trish Baker re-elected to PHN Board at AGM

General Practitioner and practice owner Dr Trish Baker has been re-elected to the Brisbane North PHN Board of Directors at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Lutwyche on 14 November 2018.

The AGM also saw accountant and MS Queensland Director of Services Ms Karen Quaile step down from the PHN Board after serving the maximum number of terms allowable under the constitution.

This also ends Ms Quaile’s role as Chair of the PHN’s Community Advisory Committee. Ms Kathy Campbell, a current member of the Board, will replace Ms Quaile as Chair of this committee.

Board Chair Dr Anita Green congratulated Dr Trish Baker on her re-election and thanked Ms Quaile for her years of service.

“I am grateful for the sound advice and guidance provided by Dr Trish Baker and Ms Karen Quaile to Brisbane North PHN. Their contributions have been significant,” Dr Green said.

“Our key advisory bodies will continue to benefit from good governance, with Dr Baker remaining in her role as Chair of the PHN’s Clinical Council and Ms Campbell bringing her extensive experience to the Community Advisory Committee,” she said.

Chief Executive Officer Abbe Anderson said the PHN had commissioned much needed healthcare services worth more than $38 million over the past financial year.

“Recognition must go to the many health and medical professionals, aged care providers, community services and healthcare consumers who have helped co-design our commissioned services and inform our strategic priorities,” Ms Anderson said.

“I am pleased to announce that this year our stakeholders will be able to read all about our commissioning work in a new digital version of our Year in Review, which has been released to coincide with the AGM,” she said.

The interactive report highlights the PHN’s work over the past 12 months to improve health outcomes for communities in the region, guided by a new set of agreed health priorities:

  • coordinated care for older people
  • culturally responsive services to enhance the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • improved access to health and community care in Moreton Bay North
  • after hours healthcare
  • better support for those with chronic and complex conditions across the care continuum
  • mental health alcohol and other drug treatment.

These priorities informed the PHN’s decision to enter a formal Health Alliance with Metro North Hospital and Health Service and a shift toward joint regional planning and co-sponsored health and wellbeing plans.

Read more about the PHN’s activities in the Brisbane North PHN 2017/18 Digital Review, available online at www.brisbanenorthphn.org.au/yearinreview/.