Former St Vincent’s Care Services state manager Jude Emmer joins Wesley Mission Queensland as chief executive officer.
Emmer has experience in management and leadership across the health and community sectors, including a lengthy tenure with Ramsay Health as CEO of St Andrew’s Ipswich Private Hospital and Noosa Hospital.
Ms Emmer said she understands the importance of continuing Wesley Mission Queensland’s long history of missional and social justice work, while driving the organisation’s growth and fiscal sustainability in a competitive aged care and NDIS environment.
Drawn to Wesley Mission Queensland because of its large scope of services and proven ability to make a difference to the lives of so many people, she said WMQ’s legacy is steeped in the Queensland community.
“As the first provider of residential aged care in Queensland, Wesley Mission Queensland is an organisation people know and trust. Thousands of people each week turn to us to care for their loved ones, whether that’s in aged care, retirement living, disability care or child care,” Ms Emmer said.
“It’s an organisation synonymous with compassion and social justice, known for providing exceptional care and support to vulnerable people, when they need it most.
Since 1907 Wesley has been at the heart of Brisbane City for people to turn to in times of crisis.”
Looking for opportunities for the organisation, Ms Emmer said there is incredible potential and geographical reach across Queensland to be able to further support communities.
“I’m excited to see how we can continue to use the vast expertise of our dedicated and passionate staff and our innovative approach to support people with mental health programs and disability services and to continue to advocate for more aged care funding for residential aged care and home care packages to give our elders the care they deserve,” she said.
“It’s a tough environment for many of our staff, clients and families as COVID-19 becomes our new normal, however as we have seen, communities are responding enthusiastically with support and admiration for frontline health and community workers. As Queensland and Australia emerges from this pandemic and as we look to the outcomes of both the aged care and disability Royal Commissions the services of an organisation like ours will be critical in supporting our communities to recover and flourish.”