Board Overview

The hospital is overseen by a Board of Management appointed by the Governor-in-Council upon the recommendation of the Minister for Health.

The overall function of the Board is determined under section 33 of the Health Services Act 1988 and is to:

  • Oversee and manage the organisation; and
  • Ensure the services provided by the organisation comply with the requirements of the Act and Mansfield District Hospital’s values and strategic goals.

Mansfield District Hospital Board of Management meets this by having a diverse range of professional expertise and community representation.

The Hospital Board has a responsibility, within a framework of Government policy for monitoring the performance of the organisation.

In everyday terms the Board is responsible for setting the strategic directions of the health service.

Provision of high quality care, meeting the needs of the community and operating in accordance with financial and non-financial performance targets are priorities.

Board of Management

Phillip Officer - Chair

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Phillip commenced his career as a corporate planner with global multi-national Shell and has over 35 years’ experience in senior corporate management and leadership roles both within complex corporate structures and SME’s.

Phillip is the founding Director of Q-exec Consulting, providing Management Consulting services and Executive search and selection across diverse industry sectors including large corporate, government and SME clients.

His special interests are in Strategic Planning, HR, Finance and Communication.

Phillip and his wife Robin are permanent residents near Piries.

Pamela Dalgliesh - Deputy Chair

Pamela’s career began as a private practice dentist and established her own practice in Melbourne. She then moved to the public sector and worked in different executive managerial roles.  Using her diverse managerial and leadership experience, Pamela moved to being a consultant in health, specialising in education for overseas dentists, strategic planning, accreditation and mentoring  in leadership roles.

Pamela has 26 years of Board Directorship experience with the Australian Dental Association, Goulburn Valley Health, Shepparton, and the Health Issue Centre. She completed the Company Directors course in 2001.

Currently she is on the Dental Health Services Victoria Board, serving on the Audit and Risk committee and is Chairman the Safety and Quality committee.

During the last five years Pamela has worked with African refugees in metropolitan and regional Victoria.

Pamela has a keen interest in clinical governance, strategic planning and liaising with consumers.

Pamela and Stuart purchased property in Howes Creek Road in 2001 and have been permanent residents since 2013.

Ros Adams

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A long term resident of Mansfield, Ros has a background in winemaking and is currently owner/winemaker of her own winery.

She is a member of St John’s Parish Council in Mansfield and a Board member of the Geelong Grammar Foundation. She is a former Secretary of UGWA, the regional wine association and been on the Hospital board since July 2015

Murray Beattie

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Murray has a breadth of experience in areas including academia, econometric research, actuarial, banking and corporate finance. Professional assignments have been from the platform of both the public and private sector, including treasury management, commodity risk management, commercial property finance and various infrastructure projects.

More recently Murray has involved himself in a number of local activities including Mansfield Shire advisories, Landcare and other community groups.

Gillian Belle

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Gillian has lived in Mansfield since 2003. Gill and her husband Dean have owned and operated the Mansfield Regional Produce Store a meeting place for many locals and popular drop in for the many visitors to Mansfield.

She has been involved in the hospitality industry over three decades, operating the Mt Buffalo Chalet for nine years prior to that in Thredbo Alpine Village. She is passionate about community engagement and event establishment and organisation.

The hospital is a lynch pin for our community and she is proud to assist and represent its ongoing success in the community.

Karli Brkljacic

Karli is a registered nurse with a background as a clinical nurse specialist in one of Melbourne busiest emergency departments. In recent years she has worked for the Red Cross Blood Service as an Organ Donor coordinator, and in an education role with Donate Life Victoria.

Karli has post graduate qualifications in critical care nursing, education and health services management. A part time Mansfield resident  Karli is currently working in a management role at a private hospital in Melbourne whilst still working casually as an ED nurse. Karli brings to MDH Board strong clinical knowledge and leadership skills, and a passion for improving the patient experience in hospital.

Jane Freemantle

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Jane is a paediatric epidemiologist who specializes in infant, child and youth health.  Her national and international research strives to counter the unacceptable disparities in health outcomes experienced by marginalized and disadvantaged groups, particularly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

Jane has also worked both as a clinician and an academic in hospital settings over her career. She divides her time between her University of Melbourne research and teaching activities and Mansfield.

Jane and her husband Jim moved permanently to Mansfield in 2006.

Katie Lockey

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Katie is the principal solicitor of Mal Ryan and Glen Lawyers in Mansfield. She commenced her legal career in Melbourne and has practiced in wide and varied areas of the Law.  With clientele from across the spectrum in Mansfield and the surrounding district she has a good understanding of local issues and needs. Katie lives in Barwite with her husband and two delightful young children.

Laurie Watters

Commencing her career as an educator, Laurie has extensive experience in a variety of fields such as HR, organisation development, emergency and risk management.  Operational management of volunteers during major events and disasters within North East, Metropolitan and Gippsland regions saw Laurie provide essential leadership to community members and other emergency services.

Laurie returned home to Lima and is the founder of Laurie Watters & Associates specialising in emergency management advice to private and pubic sector clients. Her interests include amateur theatre, Rotary and involvement in her local community.

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