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Grampians Health Regional Director Hospitals – West on shaping healthcare for the region 

12 July 2022

Carolyn Robertson has dedicated her career to regional health, and is bringing this passion to her new role as Regional Director Hospitals – West at Grampians Health. 

In her new role, Carolyn is responsible for the acute and subacute services at Horsham, Stawell, Edenhope and Dimboola, as well as the women and children’s services, surgical services and intensive care across Grampians Health. 

“My role is exciting in that we have the best opportunity we will ever have to shape regional healthcare into the future,” Carolyn said. “My priority is to enable people, wherever they are in the Grampians Region, to have access to high quality evidence-based care while eliminating the waste we have in our systems. 

“My previous work experience melds nicely into this role – in some ways it is an extension of my former position in that I have the same areas of strategic responsibility, but now across all Grampians Health sites.” 

Carolyn believes that clear strategic leadership, and clear change-management processes ultimately improve staff culture and patient outcomes, and she is excited to be supporting the west campuses to manage the challenges that lay ahead. 

“The greatest benefits of our four health services coming together as Grampians Health is that we’re better together. Having local knowledge and local people central to the planning and development of our health services cannot be underestimated.” 

Hailing from Hopetoun, Carolyn’s connections to the Grampians region run deep and have given her a first-hand understanding of the challenges faced by rural health services and the communities they service. For the first ten years of her career, Carolyn lived and worked in the Wimmera and Mallee at the Hopetoun Bush Nursing Hospital and St Arnaud District Hospital.  

“I am so excited to return to the area that has given me so much.  Growing up, living, and working in a small regional town is an exceptional privilege,” Carolyn says. “You make connections that are rare in larger towns and cities, and you genuinely feel part of the community.” 

Carolyn has more than 10 years’ experience in health leadership, and her ability to work collaboratively to achieve strategic goals has been evidenced through the successful development and implementation of services, including: securing funding for a Grampians Regional Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse; expanding lactation consultant services to support vulnerable families and recruitment of a Regional Clinical Midwife Consultant for the Grampians Region (and she plans to enhance this model with a regional obstetrician). 

As part of her role, Carolyn will be based predominantly in Horsham and will travel to the other sites on a regular basis.