Board of Directors

Director / Chair – Emeritus Professor Peter Matthews

Occupation:  Arts Consultant and Board Director
Appointed: June 2021
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Emeritus Professor Peter Matthews has had over twenty years of experience in governance, much of it as Chairperson. He currently Chairs Central Highlands Rural Health, the Audit and Risk Committee of Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Tasdance. He has a long association with regional Victoria, including born in Mildura, raised in the Goulbourn Valley, and living in Woodend, as well as CEO, Regional Arts Victoria and Professor of Creative Arts and Head, Arts Academy University of Ballarat (now Federation University). Peter has formal qualifications in engineering, performing arts, management, and governance.


Director  – Mr Andrew Long CSA CPA AICD

Occupation: Accountant CSA CPA AICD
Appointed:  June 2021
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Andrew is currently Executive Manager Corporate Services at South West TAFE. Prior to joining South West TAFE he was the Chief Financial Officer at the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.  Andrew brings a wide range of experience including finance, corporate services, NDIS, health, medical research, reporting, governance, strategic planning, financial and investment management, project, and policy areas.  Andrew is passionate and committed to the service sector and being part of organisations that make a difference to the lives of people in South West Victoria.

Director – PROF MICHAEL BARTOS – M.Ed, BA (Hons)

Occupation: Research consultant 

Appointed: July 2018

Sub Committees:   Quality, Safety & Risk,  Workforce, Culture & Development and Consumer Advisory





Michael Bartos is a Senior Associate with Outside Opinion, providing support to researchers in Australian universities. He is an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the Australian National University in Canberra, working on new conceptualizations of ‘posthuman bioethics’.  



Occupation: Retired 
Appointed: July 2016 – first Year
Sub Committees: TBA in Nov 2016

Alex has extensive experience in health service management and having retired after a 40-year career now has time to use this experience in a voluntary capacity.

His most recent substantive position was eight years at the Royal Children’s Hospital as Executive Director of Redevelopment, with responsibility for all major capital works.

Director – Dr Sue Wilson – RN PhD GAICD (she/her)

Occupation:  Registered Nurse and Educator
Appointed:  June 2021
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Sue Wilson has been a nurse for nearly 40 years. She joins our Board with extensive experience in Executive roles in both Healthcare Education and Clinical Service Administration.

Sue has a strong and demonstrated commitment to rigorous Clinical and Workforce Governance; to accountability through transparency; to values-based person-centred service; to hardwiring excellence in performance; to constant renewal for sustainability; and to lifelong learning to nourish the mind and the soul.

Sue lives on a rural bush property, she volunteers as a member of a Sub Regional Health Service Human Research Ethics Committee in Northeast Victoria and is currently employed as a part time Regional Mental Health Promotion Clinician for Older Persons.

Director – Mr Jed Macartney – OAM MBA DipEng GAICD

Occupation:  Non-Executive Director
Appointed:  June 2021
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Jed currently has a portfolio of non-executive director interests after a successful career in the not for profit sector (CEO of Independent Disability Services, in corporate rail and aviation (senior roles in engineering and maintenance) and in the RAAF as a technician and senior engineering officer.

He uses his leadership and management skills and significant breadth of experience to assist organisations define and deliver their strategy. Jed is also very active in the community in a number of voluntary roles.



Occupation: Ministerial
Delegate – Department of Health and Human Services

Appointed: July 2020
Sub Committees: TBA in 2020

Dr Kennedy is a specialist emergency physician who has broad experience in clinical emergency care, retrieval medicine and critical care. He is an expert in systems design, development and improvement, and has a successful career in management and administration. Marcus has worked across the health sector, in rural, regional, metropolitan and tertiary settings and in clinical, administrative, executive and health service board roles.


He worked from 2008-18 as founding Director of Adult Retrieval Victoria, establishing the critical care outreach service as a high-performance organisation, and initiating a progressive approach to education, evidence-based practice, information systems, telehealth and clinical governance.


He has researched and published significantly and now spends his semi-retirement as a traveller, reader, author, health document writer & editor, and as a consultant in health governance. 

Director – PROF MICHAEL BAILEY PhD, MSc (statistics), BSc (hons)

Occupation: Professor of Statistics, Monash University
Appointed: July 2017 – first Term
Sub Committees: Quality, Safety & Risk Management

Professor Michael Bailey is the head statistician for the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research centre at Monash University and has been a biostatistician for over 20 years. Michael’s background in medical research prior to intensive care was founded on more than a decade as the principal statistician for one of the largest tertiary and research hospitals in Australia, providing him with a diverse and thorough understanding of medical data.

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Occupation:  General Counsel and Executive Director, Governance and Risk at Forensicare
Appointed:  June 2021
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Nadia is an experienced commercial lawyer having worked in legal firms in Australia and the UK, as well as in-house in the university and health sectors.  In her current role as Executive Director, Governance & Risk and General Counsel for Forensicare, Nadia leads the provision of legal advice on a range of complex issues, guides Forensicare’s risk management culture and delivers governance services to Forensicare’s board and subcommittees. Having grown up in the South West, Nadia is keen to apply her skills in a meaningful way to the South West community.



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Appointed:  June 2021
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The Board of Directors primary function is to oversee the governance of Portland District Health. The Board is committed to ensuring the services provided by Portland District Health comply with the requirements of the Health Services Act 1988 and the Objectives, Vision Mission and Values of the service.

The Board consists of up to 12 members appointed by the Governor-in-Council on the advice of the Minister for Health following nominations received by Portland District Health. Each member is appointed for up to a three-year term and is eligible for re-nomination when the term ends. Portland District Health’s Board of Management meets monthly throughout the year.

Portland District Health by-laws enable the Board to delegate various responsibilities. These by-laws are supported by executive delegations and operational responsibility which enables executives and staff to perform their duties through specific delegated authority.

The registered office of Portland District Health is 141 Bentinck Street, PORTLAND VIC 3305.