COVID-19 Testing Clinic days of operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
By appointment only – bookings essential.
Phone: (03)5431-0900
On testing days please call prior to 10am
Your patience and understanding is appreciated as we are currently experiencing a high volume of appointments.
39 Hospital Street Heathcote VIC 3523
03 5431 0900


The Board is responsible for implementing governance policy and developing and approving strategies to better manage the organisation. The Board is appointed by the Governor in Council at the request of the State Minister for Health. The Board is accountable to the community that it serves for ensuring the provision of agreed services within the resources with which they are provided. The Board must therefore be responsive to its staff and the community and have the capacity to address a wide range of policy and governance issues.

To fulfill its role, the Board has directors with a range of appropriate expertise and experience. The Board adheres to a code of conduct that outlines the role of governance and the conduct of its directors.

The functions of the Board as determined by the Health Services Act of 1988 are:

  • To oversee and manage the health service and
  • To ensure the services provided by the health service comply with the requirements of the Act and the aims of the organisation.


Current Heathcote Health Board Directors


Danny Stone

Danny has a nursing background, originally in mental health, and has focussed on rural health for the last eight years. Having spent a bit of time in Heathcote over the years during his employment at Bendigo Health, Danny is looking forward to the opportunity to giving back to the community through his role on the Heathcote Health Board of Management. Danny is Chair of the Clinical Care & Safety Sub-committee.

Danny Stone is the current Board Chair as of 29th July 2019 and is also the Chair of the Clinical Care & Safety Sub-committee.



Norm Cockerell

Norm joined the Heathcote Health Board of Management in July 2017. He has vast experience in large scale complex change management programmes across the Banking, Insurance and Health industries and have worked in Asia and Australia for high profile brands HSBC, Medibank and Allianz as well as an agent of WorkSafe Victoria. Personal resilience, a collaborative working style, integrity and a commitment to building trust underpins everything he does.

After an extensive career in the Corporate world he is now focussed on developing and supporting businesses that are focussed on his passions of Health and Safety and assisting mature age workers transition to the next stage of their careers. Norm possesses a Bachelor of Business and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In his spare time, Norm is a keen golfer, cyclist and master of the veggie patch.

Norm is the current Deputy Board Chair and Deputy Chair of the Corporate Governance Subcommittee.


Rebecca Holding

Rebecca joined the Heathcote Health Board of Directors team in July 2016. She is currently employed as the Global Head of Enterprise Risk and Operational Risk at Afterpay, and runs a small dance business ‘Inner West Dance Melbourne’ on the side. Rebecca completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course in 2015 and has a passion for health and wellbeing. She is excited to be a member of the Board of Directors at Heathcote. Although based in Melbourne, Rebecca is a part time member of the Heathcote community, spending most weekends in the region on a farm with her family and is enjoys supporting the local community via her work on the Board.



Ann Lansberry

Ann Lansberry is the CEO for the Community Foundation for Central Victoria where she implemented Australia’s first community Giving Day – Big Give. She is an experienced business executive and change consultant who is deeply involved in her local community. Ann is passionate about strengthening and engaging regional communities. She is excited about how digital innovation can bring people, causes and funding together. Ann loves the food in Central Victoria especially our local cheeses, she has 4 chooks, 3 kids and 2 cats.

Ann holds a Master’s Degrees in Chemical Engineering, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the School for Social Entrepreneurs as well as holding qualifications in the Neuroscience of Leadership.

Ann is also the Vice President of the Discovery Centre and Director of Australian Community Philanthropy.

Ann is the Chair of the Community Advisory Committee.


Elissa Watson

Elissa is a strategic leader and keen collaborator who has enjoyed a successful 20+ year career in the law. Her extensive corporate background includes senior roles at Consumer Affairs Victoria, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and WorkSafe.

A highly skilled regulator, with expertise in governance, risk, compliance, engagement and education, Elissa routinely advises boards and senior executive teams about their responsibilities, policy development and program implementation.

Elissa creates strong partnerships to advance strategic priorities across industry and government. She builds capability and capacity by developing high-performing teams that deliver quality services, improve consumer outcomes and protect the public.

Elissa joined the Heathcote Health Board in July 2019 and has previously been a director of the Law Institute of Victoria and Justice Connect. She is currently the Executive Officer for the Victorian Racing Integrity Board.


Ben Yuen

Ben is a board director for the National Chinese Museum of Australia (in Bendigo). He has been a senior manager in Australia’s largest banks, working nationally and across Asia in risk and compliance, business strategy, digital banking, human resources, and project management. He is part of The Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, providing risk and compliance oversight for key customer-facing and corporate functions. He is currently a PhD Fellow (Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning in Banking) via The Federal Science and Innovation Research Grant. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He holds a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Melbourne, and a Masters of Business in Human Resource Management/ Industrial Relations from RMIT University. He has lived in Bendigo since 2016 (from Melbourne), and enjoys engaging with the local community through volunteering, his children’s school, and sporting activities.