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Rural Northwest Health has welcomed four newly appointed directors to the board.  David Kranz, Dr Zivit Inbar, Michael Brown and Veena Mishra joined existing board members for their first meeting in July.

RNH board appointments sub committee, participated in the annual Department of Health and Human Services Board appointments round earlier this year. The sub committee focused on succession planning and skills gaps when shortlisting and recommending candidates.

Julia Hausler, Chairperson said the board are delighted with the return of Carolyn Morcom for a further 12 months and the excellent diversity of skills from four incoming new directors.

Born in Warracknabeal, David Kranz lived and worked on his family farm at Ailsa until he was 19 when he relocated to Melbourne. David started working for Mobil Oil, as ExxonMobil for 42 years before moving back to Warracknabeal in 2019. David’s interests lie in the local community and is looking forward to making a contribution through his appointment.

Dr Zivit Inbar is the founder and CEO of DifferenThinking, a consulting practice that specialises in people, culture, leadership & performance strategies for growth. Growing up in a small Kibbutz in Israel, Zivit is passionate about supporting rural communities and is proud to be involved in providing the community with high quality health and aged care solutions.

Michael Brown has wide-ranging Board experience, including a previous role as Chairman of an ASX listed public company in the Healthcare sector. Michael comes from a finance, investment, and corporate advisory background and has a solid grounding in governance, strategy, risk, financial analytics, and board processes. Michael was very attracted to the role with RNH because of the rural location, organisational culture, and strong community engagement.

Veena Mishra has extensive experience within health, disability and primary healthcare and is a co-founder of a health promotion company. A Science graduate with an MBA, Veena has led e-health and LEAN healthcare projects. She is passionate about health equity and the opportunities that the NDIS can provide to residents of Yarriambiack Shire.

Julia said the Board are looking forward to implementing a new strategic plan over the next 12 months, continuing with Covid-19 preparedness, partnering with La Trobe universities Violet Vines Marshman Centre for Rural Health Research (VVMCRHR) to complete a rural focused oral health study and progressing our health service with quality care.

During the July meeting, Julia Hausler was reappointed to the chairperson role with Dr John Aitken taking over the role of Deputy Chairperson from Janette McCabe. While the RNH board generally meets in person, they have adapted well to the changing times and are now conducting their monthly meetings via zoom.

Kevin Mills, Chief Executive Officer said he receives great support from a highly skilled board.

“I am excited by the new appointments who complement the skill mix and diversity of our board and RNH will benefit greatly from their experience. We continue to balance our COVID19 response with delivering essential services and planning for our future”.

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