Beaudesert Hospital’s new Director of Clinical Services, Professor Shane Brun, has a clear direction for the hospital to become a ‘Centre for Excellence for Rural Health Care and Rural Medical Education’.
Professor Brun has been servicing the local community for several years as a locum at the hospital and now he is stepping into the Director role to help enhance accessibility to local services.
He said Beaudesert Hospital was already gearing up to offer an additional 12 surgeries each week through the recruitment of a rural generalist surgeon to allow the community to access more care closer to home.
Professor Brun said he was at home in a country setting after working in rural and remote communities across Australia and overseas for many years.
He studied medicine as a mature age student in the late 1980s after starting his healthcare journey as a nurse and rescue crewman with the (now) Westpac Helicopter Service.
Since then, work in the military, the Royal Australian Air Force, FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation has made for a long and interesting career.
“Medicine is a great job – a privilege. It opens so many doors and provides great experiences, learnings, responsibilities, and opportunities,” he said.
Drawn back to Beaudesert Hospital and its passionate staff and community, Professor Brun said he was humbled by those he worked with.
“I love the passion they have for their jobs and the care they have for their patients,” he said.
Prof Brun said he would ensure the community continued to receive the health services they needed and deserved, and he had a clear direction for the hospital to become a ‘Centre for Excellence for Rural Health Care and Rural Medical Education’.
Acting Executive Director Logan and Beaudesert Health Service Kieran Kinsella said the expanded services were a real win for the region.
“We are delighted to be increasing our rural services, which not only include increased surgical capacity (including gastroscopy and colonoscopy) but also additional outpatient services,” Mr Kinsella said.
“We are working hard to enhance accessibility to local services, and the addition of Prof Brun will help us achieve this.”