New health board appointment to champion community needs

A new member has been appointed to the West Moreton Health Board while four strong advocates of the health service were re-appointed for another term.  

Deanne Minniecon, a proud Gooreng Gooreng and Erub woman with both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, was appointed alongside existing Board members Pat Evatt, Professor Gerald Holtmann and Sue Scheinpflug and Board Chair Michael Willis for their third term. 

Deanne Minniecon

Board Chair Michael Willis congratulated Ms Minniecon on her appointment. 

“On behalf of the Board, I am delighted to welcome Deanne to her new role, and we look forward to her valuable contribution to the governance and strategic direction of health care delivery in this region,’’ Mr Willis said. 

“Deanne has more than 20 years’ experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and education and is a respected, connected and strong advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.” 

Ms Minniecon is the First Nations Communities Principal Advisor at Health and Wellbeing Queensland and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Queensland University of Technology’s Faculty of Health. 

“Community is important to me and in this role, I will be able to help give voice to the needs of the West Moreton community and influence Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes,” Ms Minniecon said. 

“Of importance to me is that we continue to progress the Making Tracks agenda and ensure all West Moreton Health residents, but particularly vulnerable communities, have access to the health care they need.” 

Mr Willis said he was delighted to continue to represent the health needs of the community and  congratulated his colleagues on their re-appointment. 

“It is our role to make sure decisions about local health services for the West Moreton community are made in consultation with local people, consumers and clinicians,” Mr Willis said. 

“The Board is a diverse group of people, representing a range of experience, backgrounds and skills and, together, we ensure the health service is upheld to our high standards for the performance and delivery of those services.” 

The West Moreton Health Board: 

  • Mr Michael Willis (Board Chair) 

  • Ms Susan Johnson (Deputy Chair) 

  • Ms Lynette Birnie 

  • Professor Jeffrey Dunn AO 

  • Ms Patricia Evatt 

  • Dr Cathryn Hester 

  • Professor Gerald Holtmann 

  • Ms Deanne Minniecon 

  • Mr Stephen Robertson 

  • Ms Sue Scheinpflug