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Barwon Health North represents a healthier future for people living in the northern suburbs of Geelong.

The Victorian Government is investing $33 million into the northern suburbs of Geelong to provide a state-of-the-art flexible medical facility to meet the growing needs of the community. The health of families and children is a top priority and building world-leading health facilities is one of the many ways the Victorian Government is building a healthy Victoria.

Services at Barwon Health will be a hybrid of specialist care, women’s and children’s health clinics, and treatment for non-emergency illnesses and injuries. These will include renal dialysis, urgent care services, as well as specialist outpatient services and clinical support services, such as medical imaging, pathology and pharmacy.

Barwon Health North is located at 155 Princes Highway, Norlane and will open in January 2020. 

Current roles

Meet Kate Gillan, Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer at Barwon Health 


Pictured: (centre) Kate Gillan

Tell us about your career so far?

I’ve been fortunate to have wide and diverse experience in my career spanning public, private and not-for-profit sectors in metro, regional and rural areas.

With a clinical foundation in peri-op services and day surgery, I took a management pathway because of my interest in leading change and innovation in organisations to optimise staff and patient experience. 

Tell us about what you love about your job and working at Barwon Health?

Having amalgamated two rural health services in my previous CEO role, I have been delighted to join the Barwon Health team to lead the chief nursing directorate.

My focus is on supporting the profession of nursing at Barwon Health to grow and thrive, building the nursing workforce and developing career pathways, enhancing our university and industry relationships through research and training and supporting patient quality and safety.

Tell us about the opportunities at Barwon Health North and the walk-in service?

We are in the final stages of preparing to open a new facility at Barwon North, which will include a nurse-led, urgent care service.

This service will be led by a team of nurse practitioners supported by registered nurses who will assess and treat patients who present during the hours of 8am and 10pm.

This is an exciting opportunity for nurses who have an interest in delivering high quality patient care in a clinically autonomous environment.