Kate Gillan joined Epworth as the Executive Director, Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer in May 2021. Kate has extensive experience in healthcare leadership in public, private and NFP sectors in all specialities - acute, aged care, community and primary care.

Prior to joining Epworth, Kate was Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at Barwon Health, leading the nursing workforce, clinical education and training and professional development unit. Prior to that, Kate was CEO in the Barwon South West region and amalgamated two health services to form the newly created ‘Great Ocean Road Health’. Kate is an Adjunct Professor at Deakin School of Nursing and has had a primary relationship with the Professor of Nursing role at Barwon Health and now at Epworth.

Kate has a passion for delivering high quality, safe and person-centred care to our consumers. She recognises the valuable role that nurses and midwifes play in healthcare. Kate supports the professional development of nurses and midwives right throughout their careers, and strongly believes they can make a substantial difference to patient experience. Outside of work, Kate enjoys the natural beauty of the Surf Coast region and loves to surf and swim.