Western NSW Local Health District welcomes Ursula O’Brien as the new Health Service Manager for Coonabarabran Hospital and Baradine Multi-purpose Service.
Ursula was born and bred in Queensland and completed her nurse training in Toowoomba before working in a various health roles throughout Australia, from Cape York and remote Northern Territory, to Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin and plenty of regional towns in between.
Despite having worked in many larger health settings, rural health is where Ursula’s passion lies.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to make a difference in rural health care, and so I am really happy to be working and living in the Coonabarabran community,” she said.
Finding ways to support excellent care in illness and to improve health within small and close knit communities are two challenges that Ursula looks forward to meeting in her new role.
“There is already so much positive work happening here and I will be leading two great teams into even more responsive levels of care provision,” Ursula said.
“I am also looking forward to getting to know the self-reliant and capable people who live here and to becoming part of the community”.
Ursula has a particular interest in primary health care, in particular disease and injury prevention, and clinical safety and quality.