Executive Team


BPH Karen Clark_portrait_lowres

Karen is an experienced health executive who has a wealth of knowledge and executive leadership experience in both hospital operations and clinical streams from her work in major healthcare facilities across both the private and public hospital sectors.

Before joining the Buderim Private Hospital in June 2019, Karen was the Chief Executive Officer/Chief Nursing Officer with St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Melbourne where she was responsible for driving high clinical standards; the introduction and implementation of innovative technology; and building additional theatres.

Earlier in her career Karen held a number of roles including General Manager/Director of Nursing at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Director of Nursing and Operations at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and Hospital Manager/Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Mercy Hospital for Women.

Karen’s vision is to further enhance and develop the hospital’s unique blend of care, commitment and expertise to consistently exceed the needs and expectations of our patients, their families and the community.


Rae Priaulx_external websiteRae Priaulx proudly leads an exceptional Clinical Services team passionate for providing outstanding patient care in a holistic, caring environment.

Rae was first employed at Buderim Private Hospital as a casual Registered Nurse in 2000, and has worked in a variety of roles across the hospital including Assistant Director of Nursing, Clinical Nurse Manager, Hospital Coordinator, Quality and Staff Development.  She has been Director of Nursing /Clinical Services since 2008. Other leadership roles include General Manager/Director of Nursing (Acting) for St Stephen's Hospital in Hervey Bay during 2015, and four years as the UnitingCare Health Medical Forms Standardisation Project Coordinator. 

Rae was one of Queensland’s final hospital-trained Registered Nurses, graduating in 1992. She has since obtained her Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Certificates in both Leadership and Management and Clinical Management. Her clinical background includes emergency nursing, medical, oncology and coronary care. She has a very strong interest in workforce planning/development, and clinical education and is passionate about patient safety, quality improvement and innovation. Rae is also passionate about researching and documenting the history of the Buderim Private Hospital and its development and growth since it was first established in 1980.