2019 NRHSN Executive Committee

2019 NRHSN Executive Committee

The 2019 NRHSN Executive Committee:

  • Chair – Ashley Brown
  • Vice Chair – David Trench
  • Secretary – Amy Wenham
  • Allied Health Officer – Krishn Parmar
  • Community and Advocacy Officer – Danica Xie
  • Indigenous Health Officer – Rebecca Fatnowna
  • Medical Officer – Harry Jude
  • Nursing and Midwifery Officer – Fiona Fletcher

Please have a look through our 2019 NRHSN Executive Committee bios below to get to know our Committee.

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

Chair – Ashley Brown

  • RUSTICA Rural Health Club
  • Medical student
  • University of Tasmania

Ashley grew up on Tasmania’s beautiful North-West Coast and is really enjoying completing her clinical years of study there. She is now in her final year of medicine and is excited to continue advocating and working to build clear and supported rural training pathways to encourage more students to go rural. Previously Ashley has been President and Treasurer of her Rural Health Club, Rustica, and the student representative on the Tasmanian Rural Generalist Coordinating Council. Last year Ashley lead the NRHSN position paper on Rural Generalism and was part of one of the National Rural Health Commissioner’s working groups. She is very excited for the year ahead to continue strengthening relationships with stakeholders and representing the views of students!

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 Vice Chair – David Trench

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

David was born and raised in Wagga Wagga, country NSW. In 2018 he was the Medical Officer for the NRHSN and is excited to continue working with a strong national executive in 2019. He has been Co-Chair of his rural health club, sits on the RACGP Rural Board, participated in the working group for the National Rural Generalist Program, and helped develop policies with both the NRHSN and National Rural Health Alliance in 2018. 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 NSWRDN Go Rural trip to Tamworth, NSWRDN 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.

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 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.  She is a graduate of the University Of Sydney Nursing program holding a  Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) and is a registered nurse.  Amy’s passion for rural and remote health has led her to continue her education is pursing a Masters of Global Health at the University of Sydney.  While studying nursing, she served on a number of leadership boards across the university, as well as serving as the President of MIRAGE Rural Health club. In the future, Amy hopes to use Nursing and Global Health degrees and leadership skills to pursue a career working in rural and remote areas across the globe.

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Allied Health Officer - Krishn Parmar

  • TROHPIQ Rural Health Club
  • Pharmacy student
  • University of Queensland

Having been born and brought up in Brisbane, Krishn has travelled around Queensland to many regional hubs and small towns. This sparked his passion to promote and advocate for rural health. As Allied Health Officer, he aims to promote the benefits of working rural and wants to increase the opportunity and accessibility for future health professionals. Krishn was the Pharmacy Representative at TROHPIQ and is continuing his work there as the IT and Communications Executive Officer in 2019. He also looks forward to working with our stakeholders to grow the allied health sector in the NRHSN.

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Community and Advocacy Officer – Danica Xie

  • RAHMS Rural Health Club
  • Medical student
  • University of New South Wales
Having grown up in the New England and Northern Tablelands regions of NSW and spent the other half of her life in Sydney, Danica is passionate about rural life and medicine. She is currently a medical student at the Port Macquarie rural campus of the University of New South Wales and intends to practise in a district of workforce shortage where she can also train the next generation of rural doctors. In the past four years, she has been a dedicated member of UNSW’s rural health club, the Rural Allied Health and Medical Society (RAHMS) and is this year’s outgoing President. She has also served as RAHMS’ Clinical Skills Director, RAHMS’ Publicity Officer, the Social Media Officer for the Australian Medical Students Journal, and is passionate about the opportunity to take national rural advocacy to a new height.
 

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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 rural placements in Julia Creek, Charters Towers and Ayr in Queensland.

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Medical Officer – Harry Jude

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

Harry grew up in Wagga Wagga in country NSW. He is currently a medical student studying at the University of Notre Dame in Sydney where he served as Co-Chair of his rural health club. Prior to this he was a Registered Nurse and worked for a year in Sydney. His passion for rural health isn’t limited to Australia, having volunteered in rural areas like Ukunda in Kenya, and Tetere in the Solomon Islands, where he helped manage a small hospital, delivering babies and running vaccination programs. He is looking forward to moving back to his hometown of Wagga to complete his medical studies.

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Nursing and Midwifery Officer – Fiona Fletcher

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

Fiona grew up on a cattle station in remote central Queensland where she developed an innate appreciation for rural community culture which ignited her passion of rural and remote health. Fiona is now based in Sydney, studying her Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Sydney where she hopes to spark interest of rural health in other students who haven’t yet considered rural experiences. She is an active member of her rural health club, having just completed her role as Social Representative and newly elected as Treasurer for 2019. She has recently collaborated in projects with the NSW Rural Doctors Network, participated in Rural Nursing Trips in NSW and has completed rural placements in Broken Hill and Bathurst. Fiona is excited to have the opportunity to represent health students on a national platform and to continue collaborating within a supportive network of passionate and influential advocates.

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