New regional role for Grampians Health Lead Executive Officer Andrew Saunders

24 January 2022

Grampians Health Edenhope campus Lead Executive Officer Andrew Saunders has been appointed to the new position of Executive Director of the Grampians Region Health Service Partnership (GRHSP).

Mr Saunders will guide teams across the participating health services through consolidation and implementation activities related to GRHSP priority areas, ensuring the partnership has visibility across the region and within each health service.

With more than 30 years’ experience in rural health, Mr Saunders is ideally placed to lead this work. Having led Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital (EDMH) for the past three years he will draw upon his experience and relations to drive a new level of collaboration for the region.

Grampians Health Interim CEO Dale Fraser was among the first to congratulate Mr Saunders.

“This is a great appointment for Andrew, who was central to bringing EDMH together with Stawell Regional Health, Wimmera Health Care Group and Ballarat Health Services to form Grampians Health,” Mr Fraser said.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Andrew in his new role with the Grampians Region Health Service Partnership to continue to improve our health system.”

Grampians Health has announced that Kate Pryde, Lead Executive Officer for Grampians Health Stawell campus, will assume an interim leadership role with Grampians Health Edenhope to support the team.

Ms Pryde, who commenced her career as a registered nurse, has a wealth of experience in health and leadership and has been a strong voice within health in the Grampians region for years.

“Kate’s experience with Stawell Regional Health and now as Lead Executive Officer for our Stawell campus puts her in strong stead to see both campuses through this next phase, establishing the foundations for Grampians Health’s success,” Mr Fraser said.

“Kate has been working closely with Andrew and the EDMH leadership team to ensure a smooth handover.”

The Grampians Region Health Services Partnership (GRHSP) is responsible for coordinating collaboration across our region to deliver integrated health care services in a range of clinical areas that leads to improved health and wellbeing outcomes. The key priorities for the partnership are:

  • COVID preparedness
  • Reforming elective surgery
  • Rolling out the Better at Home program
  • Implementing recommendations of the Royal Commission into Mental Health.


Background information:

Health Service Partnerships replaced the health service ‘clusters’ that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought health services together within regions to tackle common challenges. Initially this was centred on planning for a then-expected surge in demand for COVID-related critical care; as the pandemic has worn on, health services have also increasingly supported each other on other fronts – including staff furloughs and responses to outbreaks in private sector residential aged care.


The Health Services who make up the GRHSP include:
Beaufort and Skipton Health Service, Central Highlands Rural Health, East Grampians Health Service, East Wimmera Health Service, Grampians Health (Ballarat Health Services, Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital, Stawell Regional Health and West Wimmera Health Care Group) Maryborough District Health Service, Rural Northwest Health, West Wimmera Health Service.