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Message from our new CEO, Peter Last

6 August 2019: I am very proud to be appointed ECCQ’s new Chief Executive Officer. I am very aware that the staff and volunteers of ECCQ, Diversicare and Berlasco have an excellent reputation for providing high quality care and service to our CALD community.  The work they do on a daily basis has improved the lives of many people.  I am very excited to lead such a dedicated team.

My role is to lead and support the ECCQ team to embrace our opportunities for growth and to manage the challenges ahead.  Over the next few months the Board and I will be reviewing the strategic direction of ECCQ for 2020 and beyond.  I am very keen to hear your views about our future and will be seeking your ideas and suggestions about growing and expanding our services.

I am very passionate about social justice, equality and human rights and believe that ECCQ can provide the support needed to bring about social change and to help people be the best they can be.

August is Multicultural Queensland Month and will be an exciting time to promote the excellent work we do.  It will provide me with an opportunity to meet our CALD community and to listen to the rich stories they have to share.  I look forward to ECCQ’s Australian Citizenship Ceremony, to be held at the Ekka next Tuesday, 13 August. Through a partnership with the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland, the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs and the Department of Home Affairs, this ceremony offers a unique opportunity for new citizens and their families to celebrate at Brisbane’s largest festival.  I also look forward to meeting many of you at our annual Breakfast with the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, held at Parliament House on Thursday, 22 August.

My management team and I are always available to answer any questions you have and I will be making time to meet as many CALD community members as possible.

Above all, my team and I look forward to putting our consumers first and always treating our community and colleagues with respect, compassion and kindness.

Sincerely,

Peter Last
Chief Executive Officer

More about Peter:

Peter is a client and outcome focussed leader with over 30 years experience in a broad range of government, acute health care, not-for-profit organisations and aged care services. He has held senior management, Assistant Director and Director roles and has worked as a mediator and as a critical care registered nurse.  Peter has extensive experience in clinical and corporate governance, high level risk management, strategic policy advice and implementation of quality standards and accreditation.

Peter worked as a senior conciliator at the then Health Rights Commission and has held Board Director roles with the Allora Cooperative Hospital in Toowoomba, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Queensland and QCOSS.  Peter has a Masters in Health Services Management from Griffith University, a Bachelors of Business in Human Resource Management (Distinction) from QUT, a Certificate in Mediation from Bond University Law School, a Certificate in Critical Care and Trauma Nursing from BCIT, Vancouver, Canada and a Registered Nurse Certificate from Princess Alexandra Hospital.

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