Nickola Allan has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer with Maryborough District Health Service
Nickola has been a registered nurse for 21 years and has gained leadership experience within public health in both metropolitan and rural health services. Nickola has been employed with Maryborough District Health Service (MDHS) for over 12 years and has been the Acting CEO since August 2020. Before this, she held the position of Director of Clinical Services / Deputy CEO. With responsibility for the leadership of clinical services at MDHS, Nickola managed a budget of $41M and focussed on driving improvement and development in the acute, community and residential workforce. Nickola had been the MDHS CEO representative at the Grampians region, CEO forum’s and working groups and during recent times has been part of the COVID-19 response strategies. Nickola has worked to successfully achieve a WIES target performance of 102% over a three-year period, year on year, with annual growth of approximately 60 WIES per annum. She has developed and implemented a project for delivery of Well Women’s model of care, while also developing and implementing a Nurse Practitioner model of care to support the local GP workforce. Nickola has led clinical governance programs, ensuring all services adhere to evidence based clinical programs. Over the last three years Nickola has presented at a number of conferences in Australia and the USA on positive cultural change and improvements in aged care.
Prior to her position as Director of Clinical Services / Deputy CEO Nickola was the Director of Quality and Safety with MDHS. Leading all aspects of quality systems, risk management and accreditation compliance, Nickola ensured systems were maintained and enhanced using contemporary evidence-based practices. Nickola successfully led MDHS to achieve full accreditation across 92 aged care beds in November 2016, while also developing an internal TV campaign aimed at engaging with consumers and staff in regard to national standards.
Before this Nickola spent four years as Associate Director of Nursing/Quality & Risk Manager during which time she reviewed and centralised the MDHS District Nursing Service to ensure delivery to the local community while matching required EFT across the unit with no negative IR implications.