BSC (Land Science), MPH, Grad Dip Bus Mgmt, FACHSM, MAICD, MPHAA
Stuart is currently the CEO of the Far West NSW Medicare Local (July 12 – present), and was recently appointed as CEO of the Western Queensland Primary health Network – one of 31 PHNs to be established in Australia in 2015. He was previously CEO of the NSW Outback Division of General Practice (2005 – 2012), COO and CEO Aga Khan Health Services Tanzania (2003 – 2004), General Manager Far West Area Health Service (1996 – 2003) and Regional Manager of the Murdi Paaki Regional Aboriginal Council (ATSIC 1993 – 1996). He has held other senior appointments in the agricultural sector and has been very involved in health and Aboriginal community development and policy design contributing to many reports, submissions and new developments over the last 20 years.
Stuart has served on a number of Commonwealth and NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee’s including the Health services for small country towns which presided over the establishment of 38 MPS facilities throughout rural NSW and more recently on the DoHA Establishing effective collaboration across local health economies supported by McKinsey.
In Africa he was responsible for the management of a large private teaching hospital and 7 primary health care centers across the country and worked as part of an international academic network to introduce family medicine (GP) into the core Medical training curriculum in East Africa. He has been responsible for a large number of capital works projects, development of integrated primary health care service delivery innovations including Aboriginal health, GP multidisciplinary team based care, medical and clinical workforce support initiatives, and the delivery a community development initiatives targeting social reforms and improved social determinants of health in remote communities. For the last 3 years Stuart has been part of a health leadership team that has been implementing one of three demonstration Integrated Care projects in NSW Australia.
Stuart is also an active Director on the NSW Outback Division of General Practice which is currently progressing an organizational merger with another not for profit GP centric organization to create scale and capability to deliver more sustainable and integrated GP lead primary care solutions in North western NSW. He has been working to create more robust workforce solutions and better position rural and remote practices to diversify current business models and support a greater triple aim approach through collaboration and innovation with Government and nongovernment sectors.
Stuart is currently completing his MBA and promotes a strong learning culture amongst his employees. His professional interests include workforce innovation linked to models of extended practice, developing better-integrated models of primary health care, creating better population based funding reforms to improve service efficiency and efficacy of clinical outcomes.
He is part of a third generation farming family and lives with his Irish wife and three children on a small vineyard on the banks of the Darling River in Bourke. His personal interests include international aid and travel, family farming activities and rugby.