Management team

St John of God Bendigo Hospital provides an extensive range of private health care services to the Bendigo community and its surrounding areas. 

Michelle Stares - Chief Executive Officer

Michelle Stares Joined St John of God Bendigo as Chief Executive Officer in October 2019. Michelle has had over 20 years’ experience in the private health sector and has been in leadership roles inclusive of general manager and director of nursing for the past 15 years. Michelle has completed her Graduate Diploma in Business and working toward completing her MBA. 

Andriy KurtsevAndriy Kurtsev -  Director of Nursing and Patient Experience 

Andriy joined Bendigo as Director of Nursing in April 2020. Andriy was in his substantive role of Deputy Director of Nursing Medical/Acute Services at SJOG Murdoch Hospital for 3 years, having previously worked at SJOG Geelong in various nursing leadership roles for 6 years. In addition to his nursing qualifications, Andriy holds Master’s Degree in Business Economics and Graduate Certificate in Catholic Leadership. Andriy is an Associate Fellow of Australasian College of Health Service Management.  

Phil Bretherton - Director of MissionDirector of Mission Phil Bretherton

Phil Bretherton has come to St John of God after nearly four decades in Catholic Education. As a teacher, principal and system leader, Phil has extensive experience in leadership and formation at a community and system level. Phil’s qualifications include a Dip.,Ed.,B.Ed.,Grad. Dip Relgious Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership. Phil’s recent work as Assistant to the Director of Catholic Education in Sandhurst has included support for Governance,


Compliance and Senior Leadership. Phil also has experience in Pastoral Theology gained through formal study at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). Phil’s key role is to support SJGHC Bendigo with the integration of its Mission as part of the Church and continue to support reflection on the Catholic Identity of the hospital and its outreach services as it negotiates a more secular and pluralist society.


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