Executive Personnel

Ms Fiona Brew
Chief Executive

Fiona Brew RN, Perioperative Certificate, Grad Dip Acute Care Nursing, MACN, MBA, GAICD 

Fiona commenced with Colac Area Health in June 2019. Fiona brings extensive regional and rural experience working across a variety of health regions in senior executive roles. She has held portfolios across both the clinical and corporate domains influencing health outcomes for local communities.

Fiona has represented the sector on numerous working groups and through ministerial appointments. Recognising that staff are the greatest asset for any organisation, drives her passion in developing opportunities for people to learn and grow. Fiona is a values driven leader and believes a safe and just culture leads to a high performing organisation.

Dr Didir Imran
Executive Director – Medical Services

With over 10 years of clinical and hospital administration experience, Didir have worked across 5 states and 8 health services after graduating from the University of Adelaide (MBBS). Didir is a huge advocate for health informatics and he was most recently the Deputy Chief Informatics Officer (CMIO) at Western Health, where he assisted with clinician engagement and in the implementation and design of a multi-million dollar electronic medical record (EMR) system. A firm believer of life-long learning, Didir is currently undertaking a Masters of Health Services degree through Monash University. He is also a trainee with the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA). As the inaugural District Director of Medical Administration (DDMA) for the Polwarth region, Didir will have strategic and operation oversight of clinical governance across the region. Didir is a dedicated medical practitioner and he looks forward to assisting with the implementation of a public medical model of care at Colac Area Health.

Ms Jenny Salkeld
Executive Director – Nursing

A Registered Nurse and Midwife with extensive clinical experience, rural health management and safety and risk coordination. Jenny has worked in Rural Western Australia, New Zealand and several organisations in Victoria. Most recently she was the Director of Nursing at Kilmore & District Hospital prior to coming to CAH. Jenny has been Assistant Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Clinical Operations at CAH since February 2016. Jenny’s aims at CAH are: – To promote timely access and flow through our services to the broader community. – To support the clinical workforce to be well informed, contemporary, and be a cohesive goal orientated team that has pride in their workplace.

Gaye McCulloch
Acting Executive Director – Planning and Resources 

Gaye commenced at Colac Area Health in January 2020. Gaye brings a wealth of experience from a wide range of industries, including health, education, legal administration and the non-profit sector. Gaye’s most recent experience is with Kyneton District Health and Northern Health.

Leanne Klahsen
Acting Executive Director – People and Place

Leanne commenced her career in Human Resources in 1998 and has worked across all functional areas within that time.  She has worked at the operational level as well as having led a number of projects at a state-wide level.

Leanne demonstrates skills and experience collaborating with colleagues in the areas of culture and behaviour change, performance management, strategy and leadership development and was recognised through a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for a management development program she designed and led which has been expanded and delivered to hundreds of people across Deakin University.

Leanne believes strongly in the value of HR and the importance of it being represented at the Executive level.  Leanne’s personal leadership vision is ‘BE someone, TO someone’ and strongly believes this epitomises the HR profession on a daily basis.

Jo Stevens
Executive Director – Community Health

Jo has been working in various health leadership roles for over 25 years. Her breadth of experience includes roles in Aged Care, Rehabilitation and over the past 10 years in Community Health. 

During this time Jo has been involved in the actualisation of significant organisational imperatives and service implementations that aim to better support patients most at risk in our communities to better manage their health and wellbeing.