14 June 2024

Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network locks in a new CEO

| Chris Roe
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Incoming Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network CEO Stewart Gordon will take up the role at the end of July.

Incoming Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network CEO Stewart Gordon will take up the role at the end of July. Photo: Supplied.

Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN) has unveiled its new CEO with Stewart Gordon set to move from Queensland to take on the role at the end of July.

The Firsthealth Board made the announcement this week, describing Mr Gordon as “an accomplished senior health executive and qualified lawyer”.

The incoming CEO was full of praise for the MPHN and said he was looking forward to taking on the role.

“Among Primary Health Network colleagues, MPHN is a highly regarded primary health network and has a strong reputation for leadership, innovation and advocacy, and I am proud to continue this legacy,” Mr Gordon said.

“I look forward to leading such a dynamic team to drive innovation and transformation within the health system locally to improve the health of people in the Murrumbidgee.”

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Mr Gordon will move to the Riverina after wrapping up his current role with Queensland’s Darling Downs West Moreton Primary Health Network where he held the position of Executive Director, Primary Care and Integration.

“As someone who is very familiar with the challenges of primary healthcare in rural and regional areas, I am looking forward to working with the board, senior leadership team, all employees, stakeholders and the wider community to learn more about MPHN and the people it serves,” he said.

Firsthealth Board Chair Dr Jodi Culbert said Mr Gordon’s collaborative style of leadership and wealth of experience made him a standout in a highly competitive recruitment process.

“As an organisation with a 30-year history in primary healthcare in the Murrumbidgee, it was important to the board we appoint a candidate with a strong commitment to rural health and who would lead the organisation with a future focus to ensure the challenges our communities face when accessing care are addressed now and into the future,” Dr Culbert said.

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“With more than 20 years’ experience in both primary and acute health in rural areas, Stewart is well positioned to understand the challenges and opportunities in the Murrumbidgee and to continue to build on our work in partnership with key stakeholders.

“We look forward to welcoming Stewart to the team at the end of next month and, on behalf of the board and MPHN, I congratulate him on his appointment.”

Interim CEO Narelle Mills will return to her role as Executive Integration and Partnerships, and Dr Culbert was full of praise for her work this year as the recruitment process was completed.

“I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Interim CEO Narelle Mills for her commitment and leadership during the past five months; the board looks forward to continuing to work closely with her as part of the organisation’s executive leadership,” Dr Culbert said.

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