The Top 50 Public Sector Women (Victoria) list shines a spotlight on exceptional leaders across local and state government and statutory authorities, highlighting their work and creating role models for other women in the sector.

The Lorne Community Hospital Board Chair Dr Damien Smith congratulated Kate on her achievement.

“I am delighted that Kate has been recognised for her leadership role in rural health in Victoria,” said Dr Smith.

“Kate places a very high value on local community consultation, on the pursuit of excellence in patient care, and on the value of collaboration between rural health services. She has built and nurtured a strong team about her and together they serve Lorne and its nearby communities with great dedication and incomparable professionalism. The leadership Kate has shown at Lorne Community Hospital over the last 6 years has been exceptional, and I am sure that the Lorne community will share the Board’s great pride in Kate and her achievements.”

Ms Gillan said she was proud to be selected to receive this award along with some really inspiring women.

“Providing great healthcare for rural communities is my strong driver, especially given the fact that rural health outcomes are evidenced to be significantly lower than their metropolitan counterparts.

Kate also said that throughout her career she has been inspired and encouraged by many leaders.

“I recognise my leadership responsibly to support those who are coming through the industry. Health is such a complex and important service and there is so much to learn, so I aim to always be participating in some form of mentoring or supporting the next generation,” said Ms Gillan

The Top 50 Public Sector Women awards for 2017 were celebrated at an awards ceremony at the Melbourne Town Hall. A full list of the exceptional women leaders recognised in this year’s Top 50 Public Sector Women Victoria is available at