Welcome David Naughton

This week we welcomed our new CEO, David.


David has over 26 years’ experience as a manager and leader within the healthcare sector, predominantly in regional Western Australia and more recently in metropolitan South Australia. As a private sector service and facility planning consultant, David has also had the opportunity to work in the Northern Territory and in New Zealand.


David’s most recent role was Clinical Program Delivery Manager in the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN), with executive responsibility for 16 different health programs/services across seven Adelaide sites. David also prepared and led CALHN’s Infectious Diseases response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Prior to this, David was Executive Director Mental Health and then Regional Director for WA Country Health Service in the Great Southern Region based in the regional town of Albany.


David is a Registered Nurse with a Certificate of Mental Health Nursing and holds a Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Public Health from Edith Cowan University plus is a Fellow Australasian College of Health Service Management. He also has extensive experience in strategic planning and service planning and has led several major health service capital works redevelopments. Throughout his career, David has had operational oversight for acute care, aged care, mental health, community health and public health services.


“I want to thank everyone for being so welcoming and to Sue for the most comprehensive hand over notes ever. It’s great to be near our Melbourne based grand baby and to other members of our extended family. We are settling in and starting to find our feet, importantly really enjoying a return to the country lifestyle in a beautiful part of Australia. I look forward to working with everyone here at KDH.”


David and his wife Kerrie have made the move to Victoria to be closer to family and they are looking forward to calling regional Victoria home.