Cooper in driver's seat to driver reforms in CQ health

DAVID Cooper is in the driver's seat to steer sweeping reforms in rural Central Queensland hospitals aimed at improved patient safety and replacing locums with permanent doctors.

A model of heightened communication, new measures to protect small-town doctors from isolation and burn-out in Springsure, Woorabinda, Theodore, Mt Morgan and Baralaba and enhanced rural generalist training form key planks of the plan.

Dr Cooper, the former Emerald Hospital head, has taken on the role of rural medical services executive director for the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service.



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