New head doctor appointed for South West HHS

Meet Dr Tim Smart…. He’s been appointed as the South West Hospital and Health Service’s new Executive Director of Medical Services.

South West HHS Chief Executive Linda Patat says Dr Smart replaces Dr Chris Buck who had returned to Western Australia to pursue new career options.

Dr Smart brings extensive rural and regional experience in Queensland and Western Australia to the appointment, most recently working with the Orange Health Service in country New South Wales.


He has also worked for Central Queensland HHS as Executive Director of Medical Services and Executive Director of Medical Services for Gladstone Hospital and other rural facilities.

Other appointments have included executive roles with the Wide Bay HHS, Western Australia Country Health Service, the South Metropolitan Area Health Service in Perth, and health services in Fiji and New Zealand.

Ms Pat at says Dr Smart held Fellowships of both the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.

“His wide range of both clinical and administrative medical experience will be of great benefit to the South West.”

Dr Smart said he was thrilled to be taking up his new appointment.

“I’ve already started getting around the region to meet both medical and non-medical staff and intend to visit all our facilities over the coming weeks.”

“The South West HHS already has an enviable reputation in the delivery of telehealth services and this is an area that is an absolute game-changer for rural health services and I intend to build upon it. “

“Thanks to telehealth, hundreds of people no longer have to travel outside our region, or too far away from home for a clinical consultation or follow-up.”

Dr Smart says he was also keen to work with and to build upon the primary health care services throughout the region, working in partnership with locally-based non-government health organisations.

“I intend to build strong links with other health agencies in our region to ensure we are all working together and utilising our individual resources in a coordinated way to build better health for our diverse communities and improve health outcomes for all.’’

Dr Smart said the training of rural and remote doctors also was a personal passion.

“The future of rural medicine in both the private and public sectors needs to be passionately developed and enhanced to ensure the provision of the highest standards of care are delivered.”