Merrilyn Strohfeldt has had direct and indirect involvement with primary health throughout her career with extensive experience in the delivery of disability services, health and rehabilitation services across Australian and State Government jurisdictions, the not-for- profit sector and private industry. She holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration from Griffith University and the Australian New Zealand School of Government, and a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from the University of Queensland.
In her most recent role Merrilyn has been the Deputy Director General for the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. After joining the Department Merrilyn worked in service delivery leadership roles and had direct responsibility for outsourcing service delivery within her department for universal, prevention and early intervention services for youth mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing, Nurses in Family and Child Connect services and commissioning domestic violence support services, as well as the safety and wellbeing of children impacted by domestic violence.
Merrilyn has been responsible for the commissioning of $700 million in outsourced service delivery; and state-wide contract management of over $300M for disability, community and child protection services, including performance management, and funding of over 500 Non-Government Organisations.
Ms Merrilyn Strohfeldt has now happily returned to Toowoomba to take up the reins as Chief Executive Officer of Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN.