2018 NRHSN Executive Committee

2018 NRHSN Executive Committee Announced!

We are excited to announce the 2018 NRHSN Executive Committee:

  • Chair – Carolyn Reimann
  • Vice Chair – Digby Allen
  • Secretary – Amy Wenham
  • Allied Health Officer – Molly Wrench
  • Community and Advocacy Officer – Ashley Brown
  • Indigenous Health Officer – Rebecca Fatnowna
  • Medical Officer – David Trench
  • Nursing and Midwifery Officer – James Tsakisiris

Please have a look through our 2018 NRHSN Executive Committee bios below to get to know our new Committee.

The Executive can be contacted via: executivecommittee@nrhsn.org.au

Chair – Carolyn Reimann

  • RHINO Rural Health Club
  • Medical student
  • James Cook University

Having been NRHSN’s 2017 Secretary, Carolyn brings a wealth of experience with her to her new position of Chair. Carolyn is passionate about rural health, the environment and making a difference. Her goal is to become a rural generalist. During her undergrad studies she had overseas experiences in Central America and Africa, while in Australia she was one of 6 students selected nationally by Northern Territory PHN to promote health careers to rural high school students in Central Australia. At James Cook University, Carolyn represents Doctors for the Environment and has been the AMSA Code Green national project manager. She started a Farmers Market at JCU and is a volunteer food collector for homeless shelters and communities of need in Townsville.

Carolyn Reimann bio pic

 Vice Chair – Digby Allen

  • RAHMS Rural Health Club
  • Medical student
  • University of NSW

Digby was also on the 2017 Executive as Medical Officer and brings much experience to his new role of Vice Chair. Digby has a strong connection to rural health, having grown up in a small town of 600 people. His John Flynn placements are with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and at a clinic in Mt Isa, Queensland. He is a RAMUS scholar in Berrima, New South Wales. Digby was sponsorship director of the NSW Medical Student Council in 2016 and has held a number of leadership positions at the RAHMS Rural Health Club. He has also worked on a pearl farm in the Kimberley and is a former Youth Peace Ambassador in addition to numerous volunteer charity roles.

Digby Allen bio pic

 Secretary – Amy Wenham

  • MIRAGE Rural Health Club
  • Medical student
  • University of Sydney

Amy is passionate about rural health having grown up in a rural area.  Amy has previously been the Secretary and Senior Nursing Rep of her rural health club and President of the Nursing Society at the University of Sydney.  Further to these positions, she has also served two terms as a Student Nursing Faculty Member, been an Academic Board Member, Academic Standards and Policies Committee member, Proctorial Panel Member, Cultural Taskforce Committee Member, National Student Leadership Forum Delegate. Best of all says Amy, is she used to be a nursing student!

 

Allied Health Officer – Molly Wrench

  • WAALHIIBE Rural Health Club
  • Occupational Therapy student
  • Curtin University

Molly will enter her second term as Allied Health Officer in 2018 so will be the go to for all that is allied health. She is personally committed to improving the health of rural and remote communities and has a particular interest in mental health. She has volunteered at Wiluna Primary School in Mid West, Western Australia, as well as doing community based work in Wiluna through Curtin Volunteers. Molly is currently a recovery support worker for Richmond Wellbeing (Mental Health) and the Student Network Coordinator for SARRAH. She has worked as a pharmacy assistant and is a student intern at the Western Australian Association for Mental Health.

Molly Wrench bio pic

Community and Advocacy Officer – Ashley Brown

  • Rustica Rural Health Club
  • Medical student
  • University of Tasmania
Ashley grew up on Tasmania’s beautiful North-West coast and is excited to be moving back there to continue her studies at the Rural Clinical School. Ashley intends to work rurally both because of the lifestyle of smaller communities and due to her strong interest in rural/remote medicine and its generalist nature. She has been both President and Treasurer of her rural health club and will be continuing as part of the committee in 2018. Ashley is enthusiastic about the recent addition of rural primary care rotations for interns in Tasmania and is looking forward to working with the National Rural Health Alliance for the National Rural Health Conference in 2019 which will be held in Tasmania.

 

Indigenous Health Officer – Rebecca Fatnowna

  • RHINO Rural Health Club
  • Medical student
  • James Cook University 

Rebecca is of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent with both her grandfathers’ being descendants of the Kuku Yalanji people and her grandmother from Ugar Island in the eastern islands of the Torres Straits. Rebecca is very passionate about rural health particularly, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and aspires to be a rural generalist. Rebecca is a member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) and Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA). She has undertaken placements in Julia Creek and Charters Towers and been part of the Indigenous Leaders of Tomorrow program.

 

Medical Officer – David Trench

  • ROUNDS Rural Health Club
  • Medical student
  • University of Notre Dame

David was born and raised in Wagga Wagga, country NSW. He has been Co-Chair of his rural health club and sat on the working group for the 2017 Executive Committee to co-author the climate change position paper with Carolyn Reimann and Julia Skelton. David combines his passion for rural health with his love for travel by having volunteered in Kenya to perform health screening checks on primary school children, Nicaragua where he  worked in rural hospitals repairing vital equipment and in Samoa where he helped rebuild after the tsunami. He has gone on several rural experiences including a NSW RDN Go Rural trip to Tamworth, NSW RDN Bush Bursary of a two week experience in Wentworth in (far-Southwestern NSW) and worked as a biomedical engineer fitting catheter labs in rural hospitals.

 

Nursing and Midwifery Officer – James Tsakisiris

  • RHINO Rural Health Club
  • Nursing student
  • James Cook University 

James originates from the small coastal township of Cardwell in Far Northern Queensland and has first-hand experience of the hardship and barriers placed before those from rural settings. James has served in various positions on his rural health club committee from JCU including as Medicine Representative and Website/Publications Officer. He has attended numerous rural high school visits and been on organising committees for the Townsville Gala Ball and Townsville MD Skills Evening.  From 2017 until 2019 he is part of the inaugural GROW Rural Immersion Experience facilitated by Health Workforce Queensland.