Kilmore District Health chief executive David Naughton.

By Colin MacGillivray

KILMORE District Health chief executive David Naughton will depart the health service in October after resigning earlier this month.

Mr Naughton, who joined Kilmore District Health in January, said unforeseen family circumstances had made it necessary for him and his family to move back to Western Australia, from where he originally hails.

He said he had accepted a job in Bunbury, near his home town of Dunsborough.

Mr Naughton stressed that he would continue working until his departure date of October 15, helping to coordinate Kilmore District Health’s ongoing COVID-19 vaccination program.

“Unfortunately for a number of family reasons I need to return to Western Australia to live and work there,” he said.

“It wasn’t our plan at all, but stuff happens when you live thousands of kilometres away that you unfortunately can’t sort out from this side of the country.

“My last day here is October 15 and I’ll still be all guns firing up until then.”

Current Kilmore District Health director of clinical and aged care services Jen Gilham will take over as interim chief executive while the organisation conducts a search for Mr Naughton’s replacement.

“Jen is a really good operator, and I want to assure people she’ll do an excellent job,” Mr Naughton said.

“She’ll be stepping into the role after my last day on October 15. That will maintain the consistency of all the work we’re doing. In particular, we’ve been working closely together on COVID management, which is obviously the big thing for us at the moment.

“We had a busy month with the pop-up clinic in town and hundreds of people coming in for screening as well.”

Mr Naughton said he and his family would be sorry to depart Kilmore, and thanked the Kilmore District Health staff for making him welcome.

“The work here has been good and we’ve really liked living here after we got over the cold,” he said.

“I’ve never lived anywhere where you’ve had to scrape ice off your windscreen in the morning, but the job has been really great. I’m really sorry that I’ve had to leave.”