Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service has announced a new doctor will take up the position of medical superintendent in Childers at the end of the year.
Chief Executive Debbie Carroll said plans had been underway to fill the position at Childers Multipurpose Health Service after the resignation of former medical superintendent Dr Esteban Mondia.
“On behalf of Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS), I would like to express gratitude to Dr Mondia for his years of dedicated services and support to the Childers community,” she said.
“WBHHS can now announce that it has recruited to the medical superintendent with right to private practice role with an expectation the new doctor will commence prior to the end 2022.”
Ms Carroll said in the meantime, Childers MPHS was operating at normal capacity and the community continued to have the same access to public health care that they would have at any other time.
“In recent months our WBHHS team has actively recruited other medical staff for Childers MPHS including a new medical officer with the right to private practice and an additional junior doctor,” she said.
“While WBHHS operates Childers MPHS and public acute services for the community, the Commonwealth Department of Health has responsibility for primary health care including general practices.
“Under his right to private practice, Dr Mondia has privately managed the Childers Doctors Surgery on Ashby Lane. He has also ceased management of the general practice.
“The Childers Doctors Surgery on Ashby Lane has transitioned to be managed by Rural Health Management Services from today, 5 September 2022.
“This will provide service continuity for the Childers community.”