VALE Brendan Lourey – Former CEO of Kyneton District Health

Brendan Lourey, former CEO of Kyneton District Health, passed away on 7th March 2019 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Brendan joined Kyneton District Health in September 1997 and stepped down as Chief Executive Officer in 2004. Brendan had extensive experience in senior health administration in both finance and general administration. He was Chief Executive at both Kyabram and Benalla hospitals. He was the Senior Finance Officer at Bendigo Health Care Group, the Bendigo Hospital and Echuca District Hospital.

During Brendan’s time as CEO of Kyneton District Health his focus was on improving medical care and access for the people of the Macedon Ranges.

Brendan had numerous professional achievements, his most significant being his role as chief instigator and driving force behind the building and relocation of the new hospital. Brendan was a transformational leader and a change agent and had great vision of what services the hospital should and could provide. He had a gift of innovative thinking, tenacity and patience, all qualities that required him to successfully lead.

Brendan was devoted to his work and improving local health care. He recognised the need for an onsite GP practice to complement the hospital so set up Campaspe Family Practice. He employed Dr Robert Power who was well supported by Brendan and later went on to purchase the practice from the hospital.

Brendan wore many hats as a rural hospital CEO, including fundraiser. He took part in the gruelling Murray to Moyne bike race to raise money for the hospital. He participated in this race every year alongside other hospital staff.

Brendan always found time for his staff, happy to share a joke or an interesting conversation. He was highly respected and a friend and mentor to all.

Unfortunately Brendan left his position at Kyneton District Health in 2004 due to poor health. During his illness he was a proactive ambassador for Parkinson’s Disease Australia. He participated in the Parkinson’s Team challenge 2009 Bicycle Vietnam and Parkinson’s Victoria ‘A Walk in the Park’.

A couple of years ago Brendan’s son Ryan was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma. After multiple rounds of gruelling chemotherapy, Ryan was told that the cancer had spread and was not responding to chemotherapy offered in Australia. Ryan was offered an immunotherapy treatment only offered in Boston in the USA so Ryan and his sister are relocating to Boston so Ryan can receive this lifesaving treatment.

Brendan’s daughter Emma said that her Dad passed away an hour after finding out that his son Ryan had received government approval for the trip to Boston for potential lifesaving treatment. Emma believes her father had been ‘holding on’ until he knew Ryan was going to get access to the treatment that is not currently available in Australia.

The family are currently fundraising to support Ryan with the costs associated with treatment in Boston. To donate, visit Rare Cancers Australia.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Brendan at the Terang Football Ground on March 22nd, which ironically will be Dianne and Brendan’s 44th wedding anniversary. Brendan was a talented footballer and kicked six goals when Terang won the premiership in 1972. A fitting place for his final farewell!

He was a determined, visionary, goal orientated, caring person who loved life. Energy, commitment and integrity were the image of Brendan Lourey.

He was a caring beloved family man, a cherished colleague and friend and his legacy lives on through his professional achievements and his family.

Brendan is survived by his wife Dianne, his daughter Emma and his son Ryan.

Proposal to Join Hepburn and Kyneton Health Services

Hepburn Health Service and Kyneton District Health are exploring a proposal to join health services to improve patient care and community health outcomes. We invite community and staff input from 15 February to 15 March 2019.

The proposal aims to enhance the capability of the health services to meet the needs of our community, and improve access to personalised, high quality health care – close to home.

For the last two years, Hepburn Health Service and Kyneton District Health have been operating with a shared CEO and a memorandum of understanding in place to enable the two health services to work in partnership to address the health needs of towns and communities across the region.

The proposal to join health services aims to combine the management and governance of the two organisations under one entity, pending Ministerial approval. Hospitals and facilities will remain in place in their current locations at Kyneton, Daylesford, Creswick, Clunes and Trentham. No local community will be disadvantaged. There will be no reduction in services, staffing or funding.

Communities are reassured that their local health service will continue to service local needs.

A due diligence analysis is also being undertaken to assess the clinical, governance, financial, human resource, technological and regulatory impacts of the proposal before any decision is made.

Joining health services aims to:

  • Improve access to a range of health services across the region.
  • Strengthen services, enhance quality and deliver more consumer-driven care.
  • Share knowledge, skills, expertise and training of nursing, medical, allied health and other staff in the local area to improve patient care.
  • Enhance opportunities for workforce and professional development.
  • Improve operational effectiveness – over time this will allow us to invest more in patient/client care.
  • Ensure future sustainability and addressing challenges such as: attracting and retaining staff and specialists; securing funding for new services; meeting changing patient needs/services; new legislative requirements; infrastructure; technology, etc.

Consultation is also being undertaken on the draft Strategic Plans for Hepburn Health Service and Kyneton District Health, which outline the priorities for the health services over the next three years.


Fill in a survey:

Attend a community consultation session:

Kyneton Community
Wednesday 27 February, 10.30am-12.00 noon (Morning tea-scones) or
Wednesday 27 February, 6.30pm-8.00pm (Supper)
at Kyneton Health Service, 7-25 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Kyneton

Trentham Community
Thursday 28 February, 10.00am-11.30am (Morning tea-scones)
at Trentham Projects and Activity Group Meeting Room, 22-24 Victoria Street, Trentham

Daylesford Community
Thursday 28 February, 6.30pm-8pm (Supper)
at Central Springs Inn, 6 Camp Street Daylesford

Clunes Community
Friday 1 March, 10.30am-12noon (Morning tea-scones)
at Esmond Gallery, The Warehouse, 36 Fraser Street, Clunes

Creswick Community
Friday 1 March 4.00pm-5.30pm (Refreshments)
The Lindsay Room, The American, 90 Albert St, Creswick

Please RSVP to:
Kyneton District Health by email: or telephone: (03) 5422 9900; or Hepburn Health Service by email: or telephone (03) 5321 6500 and let us know which session you will be attending.

 Write, email, phone or visit us at:

7-25 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Kyneton 3444
PO Box 34 Kyneton VIC 3444
Phone: (03) 5422 9900

17 Hospital Street, Daylesford 3460
PO Box 465 Daylesford VIC 3460
T: (03) 5321 6500

69 Service Street, Clunes 3370
T: (03) 5345 9750

1 Napier Street, Creswick 3363
T: (03) 5345 9150 or (03) 5345 9100

22-24 Victoria Street, Trentham 3458
T: (03) 5421 7200 or (03) 5421 7250

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