KILMORE District Health’s, KDH, has appointed a new chief executive with Associate Professor Arish Naresh to start on Monday, May 30.

Mr Naresh has more than 15 years’ experience in the healthcare sector, working in New Zealand, South Australia and most recently as chief executive of Omeo District Health in eastern Victoria.

Born in Fiji, Mr Naresh completed a Diploma in Dental Therapy at the Fiji School of Medicine followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management and Master of Health Science in New Zealand and holds an Honorary Doctorate in Leadership.

In addition to Mr Naresh’s most recent role at Omeo District Health, he has held key leadership positions including as director of allied health in Gisborne, New Zealand; executive director of allied health, scientific and technical in Wellington, New Zealand; and program director for specialty medicine at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia.

He also lectures and assesses master’s-level theses for an Indonesian university on a voluntarily basis.Assoc Prof Naresh has served as chairperson of the New Zealand Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association and as a board member of UNICEF New Zealand, and in 2020 was awarded the Order of New Zealand for his services to community and dentistry.

He is also the founder of Opportunities without Discrimination, a social movement dedicated to promoting inclusion and diversity in society.

Mr Naresh said he looked forward to working with the KDH community.

“I look forward to working with the community and the KDH team to ensure we deliver evidence based contemporary health services that meets the needs of the diverse consumers in a pandemic world,” he said.

“My fiancé and I look forward to moving to Kilmore and serving the people of the region. I come from a country town in Fiji and Kilmore feels like the right fit for personal and professional ambitions.”

Mr Naresh takes over from Jen Gilham who has served as acting chief executive since October 2021, following the resignation of David Naughton.

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