Rural Northwest Health’s new chief executive officer is blending his sporting values into his role.
Kevin is a strong believer in taking advantage of teamwork to get the best result. He plans to implement the same strategy to ensure the region has the best possible health services.
“I’m looking forward to making an impact both in my new role and in the community,” Kevin said.
“But whatever that might be, it will be the result of a team effort,” he said.
“I’m huge on team.”
Kevin’s sporting portfolio is definitely above average which makes the work comparison a suitable one. He played 135 senior games for Kalkee Football Club and notched up six premierships in that time.
He also found time to win a premiership with Blackheath’s A grade cricket team, despite a lifetime summer devotion to tennis.
Kevin still plays sport and intends to get involved as much as possible in his new community. When still at Edenhope, he joined his sons on the hockey field and they plan to continue playing at Warracknabeal.
Growing up on a Kalkee farm with three sisters and three brothers, Kevin made an early choice to start a career in accountancy. He studied at university in Adelaide and worked in private sector and public sector organisations in both SA and Victoria.
Kevin’s career in the not-for-profit sector resumed when he moved back to Horsham working with Skill Invest before a seven year stint at Wimmera Uniting Care as chief finance officer. After that he moved his young family to Edenhope where he took over as CEO of the Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital from aspiring politician Emma Kealy.
His three years at Edenhope was enough time to lift the health service above the black line financially.
Kevin said he made his role at Edenhope easier by drawing on the experience and knowledge of CEOs and executives throughout the region.
“I did a lot of networking early and made sure I was learning about my role from the right people,” he said.
“I spent a great deal of time talking with the CEO and executive members at Rural Northwest Health because the service was held in such high regard throughout the industry.
“From the moment I started at Edenhope, I viewed RNH as an industry leader.
“I was also very envious of the wonderful facilities here.”
Kevin said he was looking forward to making an impact on the community and with the RNH team.
“The executive members all talk very highly of the teams in their various departments and my first priority will always be to those people who make up this great team to make our health service the best.
“Since arriving, I have really enjoyed spending time with various teams through training, meetings and reviews which is helping me to gain a greater understanding of RNH.”
Kevin said he was working with the board and executive on several strategic initiatives. They include:
- a) an initiative to gain priority access for rural communities to appointment times, in person and through Telehealth, at Royal Children’s Hospital.
- b) advocacy to the Primary Health Network to enable referrals to Primary Mental Health Services by social workers and other councillors directly. The current process requires a GP referral.
- c) work continues with Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital, WWHS, WWSC, Hindmarsh Shire and Yarriambiack shire to establish a rural outreach program for mental health.
- d) expansion of the well-being model, YCHANGe and other Community Health initiatives in partnership with other health services, councils and service providers.
Kevin said he was also excited at the number of graduates who will be working and training at RNH in 2019.
“This is a great opportunity for us to help this group have a wonderful start to their new journey and help shape the future of our workforce,” he said.
“I am confident that we provide a skilled workforce and a wonderful environment where they can flourish.”