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New CEO appointed at Rural Northwest Health

Janet Feeny
NWRH CEO Janet Feeny


Janet  Feeny
Rural Northwest Health CEO Janet Feeny

Health’s new CEO is looking forward to continuing its award-winning service and community involvement.Janet Feeny has worked in the health industry for 20 years, including the past decade at Stawell Regional Health as an executive in Human Resources and acting CEO when required. Her role included support services and medical centre management, providing a close association and understanding of all spectrums of a health service workforce.

Rural Northwest Health board chair Sally Gebert said she was thrilled with Janet’s appointment.

“Janet will be an ideal fi t for us with her strong HR background and her extensive work in the health industry,” Sally said.

“We had an outstanding list of applications which put us in a wonderful position to make the right appointment and I am confident that Janet will continue the great work being achieved at Rural Northwest Health,” she said.

“She has a true passion for people and ensuring our health service treats everyone with care and respect.

“Janet is also a farmer’s wife which only magnifies her depth of understanding for our community’s needs.”

Janet said she was really excited with her appointment.

“Rural Northwest Health is renowned through the industry for its achievements, particularly in aged care,” Janet said.

“I’ve been so impressed with how the health service has evolved in the past few years to become the very best and particularly with its close community ties,” she said.

“For an isolated regional health service to gain such recognition and be leading the way in aged care is simply amazing.”

Janet said she wanted to work closely with the board and RNH team members to continue their great work.

“The board wanted someone to keep growing Rural Northwest Health’s community development and continue with the directives of its new strategic plan,” she

“I am looking forward to meeting the team and community at each campus, as well as the residents being cared for so well by the team”.

Sally said Janet’s appointment was the end result of a thorough recruitment process that began immediately after Catherine Morley announced her resignation in August.

“We selected a recruitment panel which adopted an extensive and duteous plan to ensure we found the right candidate,” she said.

“We were impressed with Janet throughout the recruitment process and we are confident she is the right fit to lead our team and continue to develop our health service.”

Janet is originally from Sydney but moved to St Arnaud with her family when she was a teenager. She immediately fell for the rural life and stared working in disability services.

She worked for nine years in HR with East Wimmera Health Service before accepting an executive position with Stawell Regional Health. Janet and husband David live on their Cope Cope farm with their three children Nicholas, Darcy and Isobel.