KDHS Boss heads for Swan Hill

By Kyabram Free Press

KYABRAM District Health Service (KDHS) Chief Executive Peter Abraham will be stepping down after seven years on the job.

He has left to accept the position as chief executive of Swan Hill Health and will be departing next week.

“You’ve got to move where you believe you can make the most difference. I’ve absolutely loved working in Kyabram but this is the next step for me,” he said.

“My strength as a chief executive is in building people and culture rather than bricks and mortar, and with the new funding announcements last week, it really does feel like this is my time to move on.”

In his time at KDHS, Mr Abraham has led the implementation of some innovative projects.

That includes leading the charge for a new cancer service in town and a CAT scan service.

But Mr Abraham said his greatest achievement is his people.

“The biggest achievement for me has been in building the skills of our staff locally, and seeing them grow in their ability to innovate new ways of doing things and overcoming hurdles. It’s been a very supportive environment and I have the utmost respect for everyone that I’ve worked with.

“I’m really proud of the quality of our care, which is rated as some of the highest in the state in terms of customer satisfaction. It’s been said that culture eats strategy for breakfast, and I really believe that in Kyabram the culture has driven some really great outcomes,” he said.

Another highlight was his win at the Great Aussie Bake-off at Kyabram’s P-12 College earlier this year.

“I made rocky road to die for and was pretty happy to take home the prize,” he laughed.

The Hospital Board released a statement saying his good governance has left KDHS in a strong position.

“His strategic vision ensured all decisions were made in the best interests of KDHS patients, staff and the local communities, resulting in KDHS remaining a vibrant and progressive health service that is highly regarded across the state for its dedication to the patients experience, quality and empathy driven approach to care,” it said.

Mr Abraham thanked the Kyabram community for embracing and supporting him.

“It’s been an absolute privilege to be in this role for seven years and I’ve been supported by not only a really visionary local board but also a great team in the staff and the local medical workforce,” he said.

With an experienced executive team in place, David Edwards will move temporarily from his position as corporate services director to the acting chief executive position while the board undertakes an extensive recruitment search.