Five UQ Health appointees to State Government Hospital and Health Boards

15 May 2017

UQ health boards appointeesThe State Government has appointed five UQ Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences affiliates to the Hospital and Health Boards.

UQ Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Executive Dean Professor Bruce Abernethy congratulated the academic staff and alumna who were appointed to the boards. 

“The appointments are a show of confidence of the exceptional work consistently produced and the strong leadership shown in the delivery of health services,” Professor Abernethy said. 

“These affiliates are from diverse areas all with a range of different backgrounds, experience and skills which are vital to shaping the future of quality public health services for Queensland and ensuring strong partnerships are forged and maintained between the public and private sectors.” 

Three of the five appointments for the Faculty are women, which echoed the strong representation of female membership selected by the Department of Health across all the boards with more than 50 per cent female membership for the second consecutive year. 

Media statements released by Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick congratulated the 79 new or reappointed board members.

“More than 750 applications were received for board positions and many of these were from very worthy candidates,” Mr Dick said.

“I’m also pleased that almost half of these were from female applicants.”

The UQ Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences academics and alumna appointed to Hospital and Health Boards in Queensland include:

West Moreton Hospital and Health Board

  • Professor Gerald Holtmann is Associate Dean Clinical for the UQ Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine, Director of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Queensland and Board member of Directors of UQ Healthcare.

Metro North Hospital and Health Board

  • Mr Adrian Carson is the current CEO of the Institute for Urban and Indigenous Health, and a key collaborator within the UQ Poche Centre. Mr Carson played a key role in leading and managing change in Indigenous health including the implementation of the COAG Close the Gap and Health and Hospitals reform agenda. 
  • Dr Margaret Steinberg AM has expertise in governance and ethical decision making, as well as experience as a clinician, health administrator, academic and director of public, private and third sector organisations. Dr Steinberg is a former Commissioner of the Criminal Justice and Crime and Misconduct Commissions. Dr Margaret Steinberg, AM, has a PhD (Health and Education) and is a UQ Master of Physiotherapy (Research) graduate.

Metro South Hospital and Health Board

  • Dr Marion Tower is Program Director, Undergraduate and Qualifying Nursing and Midwifery, in UQ’s School of Nursing and Midwifery. She has a PhD from Griffith University for research on the health and healthcare for women affected by domestic violence 

Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Board

  • Dr Leanne Johnston is Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy in UQ’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She is a paediatric physiotherapist with 20 years’ experience across clinical, research, management and education roles, including 11 years at the Mater Children’s, Mater Mother’s and Royal Children’s Hospitals. 

complete list of all Hospital and Health Board appointments was published in the 12 May 2017 edition of the Queensland Government Gazette.

Media: Kirsten O'Leary,, +61 7 3345 7436.