Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Solid Foundations For New Specialists

Since the release of damning reports in 2022, the Mackay Base Hospital has hired two new senior obstetrics and gynaecological specialists.

Dr Leigh Grant and Dr Barton Matshe have joined the Women’s Health Unit of Mackay Base Hospital.

“We are very pleased to welcome both Dr Leigh Grant and Dr Barton Matshe to the team here at Mackay Base Hospital as they not only have many years of experience in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G), but a great passion for caring for women and their families,” said Mackay HHS Acting Chief Executive Charles Pain.

Dr Grant initially joined the team in March, but as of April 21, she “has accepted the position of Clinical Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.”

“She will lead a team of five specialists, and we have two more specialists joining the team, one in July and one in September,” said Dr Pain.

Dr Grant has welcomed the new position.

“Mackay has great facilities, and the staff are all friendly and welcoming, so I’m looking forward to working in this community as we continue to rebuild trust in the services we provide,” Dr Grant said.

Dr Matshe has come from New Zealand, after receiving his training in South Africa.

“He has a special interest in working with culturally diverse communities and providing these women with safe birthing experiences,” Dr Pain said.

“It was time for me to make a change, so I was quite keen to come here and take up a new challenge,” Dr Matshe said.

Dr Leigh Grant and Dr Barton Matshe join Mackay Base Hospital Women’s Health Unit. Photo supplied

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