About

    Executive Team

    Executive Team

    Terry Welch

    Chief Executive Officer

    Terry brings ten years of experience leading Victorian regional healthcare services to his role and is a widely-recognised public health leader.

    He has spent the last five years as CEO at Maryborough District Health Service, including overseeing a commitment to its $100 million health campus masterplan development. His leadership was recognised in 2018 as the runner-up Australian Healthcare Week CEO of the Year. Prior to his role in Maryborough he led Yarrawonga Health, which in 2014 was recognised as Rural Health Service of the Year.

    In addition, Terry currently chairs the Loddon Mallee Health Network, the leadership group for the region’s hospitals and is a director of Health Purchasing Victoria. Terry holds a Masters of Business Administration, has completed study at Harvard University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Janet Hicks

    Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer

    Janet is an experienced health professional who was appointed Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer in 2020.

    She started her career as a Critical Care Nurse, working in a number of hospitals across Australia and Saudi Arabia before moving back to the Sunraysia area 20 years ago.

    At Mildura Base Hospital, she worked as the General Manager of Performance Improvement from 2014 to 2016 and then Director of Nursing from 2016 to 2020.

    Along with her nursing degree, Janet holds a Master of Enterprise (Executive) from the University of Melbourne and currently serves on the Northern Mallee Local Learning and Employment Network board. Janet is passionate about rural health and organisational development.

    Louise Litten

    Chief Medical Officer

    Louise has more than 25 years’ experience in medicine, coming from a clinical background in General Practice. Louise has relocated to Mildura from Katherine, Northern Territory, where she was the Director of Medical Services at Katherine Hospital.

    She has dedicated her career to regional and rural health, and has experience working in Tasmania, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and now Victoria.

    Louise holds a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Otago and a Masters in Health Administration from Flinders University, where she was also a senior lecturer.

    David Kirby

    Executive Director Mental Health

    David Kirby brings substantial experience to Mildura Base Public Hospital, having worked as a registered nurse for more than two decades, beginning his career at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, before moving into management roles.

    Returning home to Mildura from the United Kingdom in 2002, David has held a variety of roles including Nurse Unit Manager of the Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Unit and Director of Mental Health at Mildura Base Hospital.

    David temporarily left Mildura Base to take up an opportunity as the General Manager for Health at the Mallee District Aboriginal Services, before returning to the role of Director of Mental Health in 2017 and now holds the position as Executive Director – Mental Health.

    David is currently on the board of directors at Murray House, an aged care facility, and has expanded his qualifications with postgraduate degrees in both Mental Health and Management.

    Michael McAlister

    Acting Director of Corporate Services

    With more than 25 years’ experience across the commercial and healthcare sectors, Michael brings a highly developed strategic and risk management skill set to his role at Mildura Base Public Hospital.

    Michael began his career as a Chartered Accountant, before working as a Financial Controller in manufacturing before transitioning into healthcare. For the past seven years, Michael has held the role of Director of Corporate Services at Bellarine Community Health and Bairnsdale Regional Health Service.

    Michael is an active member of local not-for-profit organisations including serving on the Portarlington Mussel Festival Committee. A keen runner, Michael has participated in numerous fun runs including Run for Kids and the Melbourne Marathon.

    Janelle McGregor

    Executive Director People and Culture

    Janelle McGregor has more than 15 years’ experience working as a Human Resources professional across a broad range of roles and industries. She has worked for a number of large national and publicly listed organisations. Janelle began her career as a Remuneration Consultant for Foster’s Group Limited (Carlton & United Breweries) where she worked for five years both locally and in Melbourne.

    Janelle moved back to Mildura where she has worked in generalist and specialist Human Recourses roles, including the Senior Human Resources Advisor for Australian Vintage Limited. Janelle was the Senior Human Resources Advisor at MADEC Australia for six years before she accepted the role of Human Resources Business Partner at the Mildura Base Hospital in 2019 and currently holds the position of Executive Director People and Culture at the MBPH.

    Janelle is a professional member of Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), and has a passion for people management including employee relations, organisational culture and engagement.

    Elise Elder

    Executive Director Clinical Operations

    Elise was born at the original Mildura Base Hospital and maintains a strong connection with her home community along the Mallee Track.

    Elise’s career commenced at The Alfred hospital in Melbourne where she specialised in Emergency & Trauma nursing, while also completing a Masters Degree in Nursing (Emergency Care) with a major in Healthcare Management.

    Career opportunities have seen Elise practice and hold senior leadership and management roles in Melbourne, Sri Lanka, across top-end of Australia and most recently as Deputy Director of Nursing – Access & Flow at Mildura Base (Public) Hospital.

    Elise has a strong passion for acute and primary health care, particularly in the rural environment and brings with her widespread experiences, aptitude and enthusiasm for contemporary leadership in the healthcare setting.