Executive Personnel

Chief Executive Officer

Christine Giles
R.N, R.M, Grad Dip HM

Chris commenced as CEO of Portland District Health in November 2012. Chris is a senior executive with considerable experience leading and managing rural and remote health services in Western Australia and the eastern states. Chris has a strong clinical background as a nurse/midwife, which have proven valuable throughout her career, and has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Health Management with the University of New England.

She is passionate about the bush and achieving good health outcomes for the people and communities who share her love of the rural and remote lifestyle. She believes health services belong to the community and no matter how far from a major metropolitan centre, the people within that community is entitled to a health service which is responsive to and best meets their needs.

Aside from working in rural and remote health Chris is also passionate about clinical informatics and in her previous executive roles has implemented clinical systems that facilitate seamless sharing of patient information across a range of settings. 

Director of Nursing

Ros Nagorcka

Ros commenced her current role in June 2014. She has over 20 years’ experience in senior management as a Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Nursing in both the public and private health system across Australia.  Ros worked in Spinal Nursing at Austin Health in the early part of her nursing career and later returned to Portland to set up and manage Quamby, Drug and Alcohol services. Ros represents PDH on a number of regional committees, including Palliative Care and Chemotherapy. Ros has a keen interest in Governance and Quality.

Director of Medical Services

Dr Kaushik Banerjea
MBBS, DM (Emergency Medicine), MHM, AFACHSM

Kaushik is an Emergency Physician turned Medical Administrator. After finishing basic medical training in India, he spent five years with the army, a major portion in High Altitude in the Himalayas. Kaushik has travelled the longer route to Australia via the UK and Caribbean islands. He trained as an Emergency Physician and has worked over twenty years at many diverse countries and environments, amassing a vast experience. He remains passionate about patient safety and has now moved into medical administration with a desire to have a wider impact in clinical governance and patient care.

Director Corporate Services

Karena Prevett
Bachelor Business/Accounting

Karena commenced her role with Portland District Health in August 2017.  With a Bachelor of Business/Accounting qualification, Karena has strong financial experience from both the public and private sectors.    Prior to this appointment, Karena was employed in the local government sector for 13 years, most recently in the role of Director of Corporate Services.  Karena has a keen interest in governance and is passionate about the delivery of quality outcomes for our community.

Director of Health Informatics

Claire Holt

Claire has been with Portland District Health since November 2011 and in her current position since Oct 2016. Qualified as a Health Information Manager, Claire oversees the Health Information and Health Informatics functions at PDH. With a ten plus year history in the public health sector, she has worked at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre and the Victorian Cytology Service. An inaugural Certified Health Informatician of Australia (CHIA) and passionate about health informatics, change management and the supporting business processes, Claire plays an active role in the development of the electronic health record and digital health strategies in the South-west region of Victoria.

Director of Quality

Loren Drought

Loren commenced employment at Portland District Health in 1993 as a registered nurse in the Operating Suite. Since this time Loren has worked in various roles that include, Associate Nurse Unit Manager in the Operating Suite, Pain Management Nurse Consultant, Immunisation Nurse, Infection Control Consultant and Quality Manager.


Loren commenced as her role of Director of Quality in 2017 and is committed to working with staff and consumers to provide opportunities to review, reflect, enquire and act to create positive experiences and outcomes.