Emergency Information

Senior Staff

Janine Holland

RN, RM, BHSc, Grad Cert HSM, MPH, GAICD, ACHS Surveyor

Chief Executive Officer

Janine has more than 36 years’ experience in the health industry as a clinician (20 years) and health administrator (16 years). Most of her career has been spent in the rural sector working across acute, sub-acute, community and aged care programs. She has worked in acute health services and community health centres as well as in the Department of Health  and Human Services. In 1999, she received a Churchill Fellowship to undertake an exploratory study of midwifery services in New Zealand, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. She learned about the long-term health benefits that can be achieved for people when clinicians work in person-centred care models. 

Phone: (03) 5761 4209
Fax: (03) 5761 4246

Maree Woodhouse

RN, B. Nurs, Grad Dip Mid, Dip Mgt, Grad Cert Rural & Remote Nursing, MHA, Fairley Fellow

Director of Clinical Services

Maree commenced at Benalla Health in May, 2016 as Director of Clinical Services and has extensive experience in the health sector, having worked at a number of services in both Metropolitan and rural Victoria. Maree is passionate about providing safe quality services to the community which we are privileged to serve.  In her role at Benalla Health, she is responsible for Acute Services, Urgent Care Centre, the Morrie Evans Wing, Theatre Services, Pharmacy, Education, Infection Control and the after-hours coordination of clinical services. As part of her role she is the Chair of the Clinical Governance and Waste committees. Maree has recently completed her Masters of Health Administration with La Trobe University.

Phone: (03) 5761 4209
(03) 5761 4246


Neil Stott

B.A. Ministry, Dip Governance, Grad Cert Business Administration

Director of Community Health

Neil joined Benalla Health in September, 2009 and has extensive experience in the health sector, having worked at a number of services around Victoria, including Numurkah, Goulburn Valley and Latrobe. He is also a passionate advocate for the prevention of family violence, and is the Chair of the Benalla Family Violence Prevention Network, a White Ribbon Ambassador, Chair of the Victorian White Ribbon Committee and Chair of the North East Victoria White Ribbon Committee.  In his role at Benalla Health, he is responsible for services such as allied health, counselling/social work, health promotion, community nursing, home nursing, day activity, the Health Independence Program and chronic disease programs. He is also the Executive sponsor of the Cultural Diverse Consumer Committee and is an active member of a number community groups in Benalla, including the Benalla Safety Committee and Advancing Benalla. 

Phone: (03) 5761 4500
Fax: (03) 5761 4502

Andrew Nitschke
Bachelor of Business (Accounting), CPA, MBA

Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Andrew joined Benalla Health in 2016 and has a diverse finance background. This includes working for the not for profit aged care sector for 11 years and in public health at both Mansfield and Seymour hospitals. This has given him a solid understanding of the pressures which face health services and the innovations they need to introduce to be resilient and best serve their communities.

Phone: (03) 5761 4224
Fax: (03) 5761 4246

Dr Rick Lowen

Director of Medical Services

Dr Rick Lowen is a former rural procedural GP who has worked in Emergency Medicine and Medical Administration for more than 30 years. For much of that time, he held Emergency Department (ED) Director positions at Victorian country regional, metropolitan teaching and private hospitals. He has also worked as a Visiting Emergency Medicine Consultant at a number of public and private EDs in Melbourne, where he concurrently also provided Executive medical administrative support to many of these hospitals. He continues to practice clinical medicine at Sandringham Urgent Care Clinic and provide part-time Visiting Medical Director support to seven small rural district hospitals in Victoria, including at Benalla Health.

Phone: (03) 5761 4209
Fax: (03) 5761 4246


Leanne Daldy

Bachelor Business (Human Resource Management), MAHRI, Nationally Accredited Mediator

Human Resources Manager

Leanne has 16 years' experience in the health industry and 26 years’ experience as a human resource professional. Her knowledge base comes from a variety of experiences, both in private and public sector organisations. Leanne is also a nationally accredited mediator and has worked in this area for the past five years. She is passionate about people, change and engagement in the pursuit of excellence. She is proud to serve her local community and has pride in our team’s ability to meet and adapt to our community’s needs with a true sense of kindness, respect and empathy.

Phone: (03) 5761 4212
Fax: (03) 5761 4246

Lisa Waite

RN, RM, B. Nurs

Deputy Director of Clinical Services 

Lisa commenced at Benalla Health in November, 2016. She has 30 years' of experience in the acute health sector, including more than 20 years in midwifery. Lisa has extensive experience in acute nursing, urgent care and midwifery and previously managed acute services at Seymour Health, which included urgent care, midwifery, acute ward, renal dialysis and cancer services.  Lisa has a passionate belief in patient-centred care and all staff working within the values framework of health services to ensure an excellent health experience for all who work at, or present to, Benalla Health.




(03) 5761 4750

(03) 5761 4246