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The Rural Northwest Health board are pleased to have been able to secure the expertise of Ms Jodie Cranham as the Acting Chief Executive Officer. Ms Cranham will complete a 4-month secondment position whilst the board recruit for a permanent replacement for outgoing Chief Executive Officer Kevin Mills.

Board Chairperson, Ms Julia Hausler said a board subcommittee had been formed to oversee the recruitment process for a permanent Chief Executive Officer and they have appointed Fisher Leadership to assist with the process.

In the meantime, Ms Cranham joins RNH on a secondment from Ballarat Health Service, where she is the Executive Director of Aged Operations. This role encompasses 10 aged care facilities and subacute programs – palliative care, in patient rehabilitation and geriatric evaluation wards. Recently Ms Cranham has also taken on the role of the Grampian Region Aged Care Hub Lead, a leadership position created to oversee and support COVID-19 outbreak planning, response and management for aged care providers across the region.

“The role enabled me to work closely with public aged care providers across the region and regional leads across the State to strengthen our capabilities,” explained Ms Cranham.

“I gained experience in outbreak management last year through two outbreaks within my programs, which were swiftly and successfully managed by our team of experts in infectious disease management, aged care clinical care and emergency management. Fortunately, we have not been required to manage any other outbreaks across the region”.

Ms Cranham believes that completing a 4-month secondment position will provide her with an opportunity to strengthen her experience and understanding of rural health management, develop stronger relationships and collaboration to improve the care and health outcomes of our regions communities.

“I have always heard great things about RNH, especially in residential aged care, which I am very interested to learn more about. On a personal level it provides me with some respite from the freezing Ballarat winters and an opportunity to further explore our beautiful State,” said Ms Cranham.

After a week in the position, Ms Cranham has noticed there is a great vibe around not only RNH but also the general community. Everyone has been so warm and welcoming and her first week has been great.

Over the next four months, Ms Cranham is looking forward to strengthening her relationships with the RNH team and embedding the new strategic plan to further position RNH as a leader in rural health care.

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