Drawing on Bendigo links

The Bendigo Advertiser is continuing to publish a series of profiles on some of the people helping to build the new Bendigo Hospital.

Roger McLeod uses local knowledge to build new hospital

I've worked a lot in the health area and have always found health projects particularly rewarding. - Roger McLeod

ROGER McLeod is following in his father's footsteps.

Mr McLeod's father John was one of the first, if not the first, anesthetist in Bendigo.

Like his father, Mr McLeod has a passion for the health industry and is helping shape Bendigo's new hospital.

Mr McLeod is the Department of Health's design and technical manager for the multi-million dollar project.

The former Bendigo resident now lives in Bendigo but maintains strong links to his home-town.

"My father passed away some years ago but my mum Christine still lives in Bendigo so that's my primary link," Mr McLeod said.

"I went to Girton and Quarry Hill Primary School prior to that and when I finished secondary school I went to university in Melbourne.

"Coming from Bendigo, with the local knowledge, you certainly understand the importance of the project to the community.

"It's important for the community to have that input for the facility."

Mr McLeod joined the project in July last year after starting work with the Department of Health.

"I manage a team of external consultants and I work with the Bendigo Health team to make sure that the design of the new hospital meets the state's specific technical requirements," he said.

"Things within that area include engineering, infrastructure, IT, communications, traffic, building facades and security."

Mr McLeod said the new hospital project was progressing well.

"There's also good working relations between Exemplar Health, the Bendigo Health team and the state which is important on a complex project," he said.

Mr McLeod said it was a very rewarding project.

"I've worked a lot in the health area and have always found health projects particularly rewarding," he said.

"There are great community rewards for your efforts."

When Mr McLeod's not working on Bendigo's new hospital he enjoys spending time with his young family.

"I live in Melbourne with my wife Claire and my three kids Anna, 7, Jack, 5 and Mollie, 3," he said.

"Because I was actually born and raised in Bendigo it's quite special for me to be involved in such an important project."

Keep an eye on the Bendigo Advertiser's Hospital HQ page for the next hospital profile. 

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