Toni Simmons

Toni Simmons
  • Manager Integrated Health/General Practice Liaison
    Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation, Mackay Hospital and Health Service


Toni graduated from Central Queensland University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing).  After completing her post graduate year at Mackay Base Hospital, Toni has increased her knowledge over the past 14 years while continuing her employment with QLD Health.

During this time Toni’s positions have been diverse and included Clinical Nurse Consult General Surgical/Orthopaedics, Nurse Educator, Graduate Support, Patient Safety Officer and Clinical Auditor.

Toni commenced as the Mackay HealthPathways Program Coordinator in October 2014 and provided the passion, leadership and drive for the successful implementation of HealthPathways and Clinical Prioritisation Criteria within the Mackay region.

Recognition of this leadership was acknowledged via the appointment of Toni as the State-wide Queensland HealthPathways Coordinator Network Chair in 2017.

Recently Toni has lead research work in collaboration with AusHSI to undertake an economic evaluation of Mackay HealthPathways with a publication due for release in 2018. This research has opened the door for further collaborative projects where Toni will be leading a local research study into autism and a collaborative research partnership with Bond University.

In June 2018 Toni was appointed as the Manager Integrated Health/General Practice Liaison within Mackay Institute of Research and Innovation, Mackay Hospital and Health Service. Toni is excited to be working within this new role and aims to further magnify the use of collaboration and integration between primary and secondary sectors within the Mackay Region.

Particular areas of interest include quality and innovation, integration and patient safety. Outside of health Toni enjoys spending as much time with her son and remains exceptionally active with sports and outdoor activities.

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Big issues disaster management
Presenting with Dr Melissa McCann & Andrew Neil


Sunday 2 September  |  View program for more details


Natural and manmade disasters often result in the break-down of social system and services with pronounced effects on human development and economy. They also cause ill-health and deaths either directly or through the disruption of health systems, leaving the affected communities without access to healthcare in times of emergency. In northern Queensland we are annually exposed to the impact of cyclone and floods during the summer months that can adversely impact residents and visitor to the region. This session explores specific responses to the 2017 Cyclone Debbie event and the systems in place to prepare and respond to emergencies.

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