Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

CEO Ready to Meet Challenge

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

CEO Ready to Meet Challenge

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Chris Lees

chris.lees@dailymercury.com.au

RECRUITMENT and retention of staff is one of the big challenges facing Mackay Hospital and Health Service's new chief executive officer Clare Douglas.

Ms Douglas said it was a big issue for any rural community.

"I think the facility will help that obviously, opening new services will help that," she said.

"I think there's an ability to get some good accommodation nowadays, when maybe there wasn't before."

The new chief executive said Mackay had a good foundation and now it was about building on that in the future. Ms Douglas said her focus was reviewing the MHHS's service plan to ensure it still met the needs of the community.

"We need to review our strategy to see whether it meets the requirements of the community," she said.

"Do we have enough services within the community that people can access easily?

"I think that's part of the board and executive's role to really review that strategy and make sure it is the right one. …

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