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 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 Mission

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.


John Brohm - Director of Mission Integration


John has only very recently joined St John of God Bendigo Hospital. John’s background spans over 30 years in Catholic Education, mostly in the Sandhurst Diocese. John has held a number of key leadership roles including Principal and Executive Officer roles. John has a strong interest and experience in Catholic identity and will be an important resource in supporting the integration of our Mission across all aspects of our health care ministry.


Mark Medina - Director of Finance

Mark is a seasoned finance executive who has recently joined St John of God Bendigo Hospital. Prior to joining St John of God, Mark held a number of key leadership roles in different multinational companies gaining an extensive experience across all aspects of finance function. A motivating leader skilled in creating high performance teams. Highly regarded for delivering strong financial and business performance management results based on extensive leadership, business partnering skills and promoting continuous process improvements and good governance.
Mark completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy and graduated Magna Cum Laude prior to becoming a Certified Public Accountant and one of Philippine CPA board examination topnotchers.


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