2018 NRHSN Executive Committee

2018 NRHSN Executive Committee Announced!

2018 Executive Committee Pyramid

We are excited to announce the 2018 NRHSN Executive Committee:

  • Chair – Carolyn Reimann
  • Vice Chair – Digby Allen
  • Secretary – Amy Wenham
  • Allied Health Officer – Simon Whelan
  • 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

Carolyn is a medical student studying up in Cairns at James cook University. She is passionate about both rural and climate health and hopes to merge the two passions as a rural generalist, ideally in the Kimberley. 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. Carolyn is currently the Secretary for RHINO, a student member of Doctors for the Environment, was the NRHSN Secretary in 2017 and the AMSA Code Green national project manager in 2016. She has taken part in placements in Boulia, Babinda and Mount Isa, presented at WONCA and RMA, and has attended various rural high school visits and Joint Rural Health Club Weekends.

Carolyn Reimann

 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

 Secretary – Amy Wenham

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

Having grown up in rural areas across the globe, Amy has a strong passion for rural and remote health. This passion is something that she strives to employ with her nursing degree in the future. Amy is currently studying nursing at the University of Sydney, where she is the President for MIRAGE, and has previously served as Secretary and Senior Nursing Representative for MIRAGE and president for 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, Cultural Taskforce Committee Member, National Student Leadership Forum Delegate. 

Amy Wenham

Allied Health Officer - Simon Whelan

  • MIRAGE Rural Health Club
  • Master of Speech Language Pathology student
  • University of Sydney

Simon was born into a rice farming family, with home being on a property near Griffith NSW.  He has an innate passion for rural health, having witnessed and directly experienced disparity in health and healthcare. Simon is the Allied Health Officer for the NRHSN and an Advisory Committee Member for Services for Australian Rural and Remote Health (SARRAH). He has served as Education Officer for rural health club RAHMS at UNSW Sydney, where he coordinated a rural health symposium and attended rural high school visits throughout NSW. Bringing both his expertise in medical science and rural experiences, he sat on the 2017 working group to co-author one of the NRHSN’s Position Papers. He is eager to represent the nation by supporting initiatives and by collaborating with a cohesive network of supportive, expert and passionate advocates.

Simon Whelan

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.

Ashley Brown

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 grandmothers from Moa and Ugar in 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 associate member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA). She has undertaken placements in Julia Creek and Charters Towers.

Rebecca Fatnowna

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 published in 2017. 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.

David Trench

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.

James Tsakisiris