On 1 July 2012, the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board (CQHHB) was established under the "Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011" to set the strategic direction and oversee the management of Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CQHHS). The CQHHS is based at Rockhampton Hospital, and delivers public hospital and health services in the Central Queensland Region, from Gladstone in the south, inland to the Southern and Central Highlands and north along the Capricorn Coast.
Under this Act, governing councils which were in existence immediately before the commencement of the Act continued as Hospital and Health Boards. The functions of the Central Health Service District were transferred to the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service on the 29 June 2012. The Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board is responsible for the governance activities of the Service, exercising significant responsibilities at a local level, including controlling the financial management of the Service, management of land and buildings, and management of the Service's staff.
Each Hospital and Health Service is a statutory body which is independently and locally controlled by a Hospital and Health Board. It must establish an executive committee for the Service and appoint a Chief Executive. The Chief Executive is subject to the directions of the Minister of Health in managing the Service. A Board must consist of five or more members appointed by the Governor in Council, by Gazette notice, on the recommendation of the Minister. A member of the Board holds office for a term, of not more than four years.
The Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board reports to the Minister of Health and consists of ten independent non-executive Directors, selected by the Governor-in-Council. Members appointed on 29 June 2012 included Mrs Bronwyn Christensen, Mr Kurt Heidecker, Dr Leon Hinton, and Mr Roy (Charles) Ware. Dr David Austin, Dr David Shaker and Mr Frank Houlihan were appointed later in 2012. Mr Charles Ware and Dr David Austin were appointed as Chair and Deputy Chair in November 2012.
Four Board Committees assist with monitoring the Health Service’s systems of internal control, financial reporting and clinical safety and quality, namely the Executive Committee, Finance and Resource Committee, Safety and Quality Committee, and Audit and Risk Committee.