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Rural Northwest Health’s board of management has appointed a Ballarat health executive to run the organisation during an interim period.

Craig Wilding is executive director of Primary and Community Care at Ballarat Health Services. He will work as acting CEO while the RNH board engages in a recruitment process to appoint a permanent CEO.

Mr Wilding has more than 25 years experience in the health industry after initially training as a radiographer in 1991. He has held management and executive roles at Ballarat for almost three years and has completed a Masters in Business Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Business Management.

Mr Wilding visited the Warracknabeal campus last week to meet executives and stakeholders. He said he was impressed with the services and infrastructure during his brief stay.

“I was particularly interested in Yarriambiack Lodge and the sensory displays for those residents living with dementia,” Mr Wilding said.

“My father is in high care and basically all he has is a nice garden and little more,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to learning more about the programs at Rural Northwest Health and getting to know the team members and community stakeholders.”

Rural Northwest Health board chair Julia Hausler said Mr Wilding was the ideal person to take the helm for the interim period.

“We are looking forward to working with Craig and tapping into his expertise around primary and community care, in particular,” Ms Hausler said.

“Hopefully we can also gain some leverage on health industry matters through his networks and connections.”

Ms Hausler said Mr Wilding’s appointment also meant that board members could take a step back from assisting in operational matters at RNH.

“We are very thankful to Jo Martin for taking charge in the lead-up to Craig’s appointment,” she said.

“Now we can devote our time to the recruitment of a permanent CEO.”

Mr Wilding and wife Jane have two children Eliza, 16 and Kate, 13. He may be recognisable to Wimmera Football League followers from a couple of seasons with Ararat in the late 1980s.

During the same period, he trained with legendary Ararat athletics coach Jim Pearce. Mr Wilding is a board member with the Western Victoria Academy of Sport and enjoys keeping fit and supporting his children in their sports.


Board chair Julia Hausler welcomes Craig Wilding.


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