2016 NRHSN Executive Committee

Introducing the 2016 Executive Committee

Chair – Rebecca Irwin

  • ARMS Rural Health Club
  • Medical student
  • Australian National University

Rebecca studied to become a Registered Nurse at the University of Newcastle where she was a member of BREAATHHE Rural Health Club. After enrolling in medicine at ANU, she joined the ARMS Rural Health Club and became its President.  Rebecca would like to see nursing, midwifery and allied health students given more rural and remote placement opportunities. She is also a strong supporter of the NRHSN’s rural high school visits program, both as a participant and as a promoter to her peers.

Vice Chair – Joshua Mortimer

  • RAHMS Rural Health Club
  • Medical student
  • University of New South Wales

Joshua grew up in Tamworth, NSW and wants to return to the country to work once he graduates. His commitment to rural health began while working as a medical receptionist in Tamworth, where he observed the community impact of inadequate GP-to-patient ratios.

Secretary – Gabriela Kelly

  • HOPE4HEALTH Rural Health Club
  • Medical student
  • Griffith University

Gabriela grew up in Brisbane and after finishing a pharmacy degree, started studying medicine in 2013, joining HOPE4HEALTH Rural Health Club the same year. Gabriela has been HOPE4HEALTH’s Clinical Skills Trips Co-ordinator, Secretary and President during her membership with the Rural Health Club.

Gabriela's highlights include meeting students from Rural Health Clubs from across Australia who are also interested in rural health, as well as current rural health practitioners who are passionate about what they do. The Queensland Joint Rural Health Club weekend’s in Atherton and Warwick and HOPE4HEALTH’s clinical skills trips have provided Gabriela with a fantastic opportunity to practice procedural skills and visit towns she otherwise may not have had the opportunity to and see first-hand what life is like in these communities.

Gabriela is John Flynn Placement Program scholar and has undertaken a rural clinical placement in Mareeba in northern Queensland.

As a pharmacy student Gabriela spent time outside of Hervey Bay at a small community pharmacy, where she increased her understanding of the differences in rural healthcare and community health demographics. After attending rural clinical skills trips with HOPE4HEALTH, she has become increasingly motivated to help make a difference in rural and remote communities.

Allied Health Officer – Ankur Verma

  • RHINO Rural Health Club
  • Physician Assistant student
  • James Cook University

Ankur’s commitment to rural health has been sharpened by positive rural and remote placement experiences, including in Mount Isa, Queensland. He believes other allied health students should have similar opportunities. Ankur is active at his Rural Health Club and through the NRHSN’s national allied health portfolio where he has established connections with stakeholders such as Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health and CRANAplus.

Community and Advocacy Officer – William Moorehead

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

William is a second year medical student at the University of Queensland. Previous to commencing his medical degree in 2015, William completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy, and undertook his intern pharmacy year at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. 

William joined his Rural Health Club, TROHPIQ in 2009 and throughout his time at TROHPIQ has enjoyed committee positions such of medicine year one and two representative, NRHSN Officer and President.  Williams’ Rural Health Club highlight so far was assisting with organising the Queensland Joint Rural Health Club weekend to Warwick in 2015 with Health Workforce Queensland.

William is John Flynn Placement Program Scholar, and is always eager get back to the Grace Family Practice & Skin Care Clinic in beautiful beachy Bargara, Queensland each year. William has also had the opportunity during his degree to experience health care in Kununurra, WA during his pharmacy degree and is looking forward to a medical placement on Thursday Island where his great Grandfather lived.

Williams’ passion for rural health stems from the wonderful care that he received growing up in Bundaberg, and on his family’s travels across Australia. William is passionate about being part of the rural healthcare solution. William aspires to become a rural medical generalist, and influencing positive change in rural communities.

Indigenous Health Officer – Danielle Dries

  • ARMS Rural Health Club
  • Medical student
  • Australian National University

Danielle is a proud Kaurna woman from South Australia. Before studying medicine, she graduated in physiotherapy.  Danielle was the Indigenous Health Officer for ARMS and helped organise many Rural Health Club events such as Close the Gap, cross cultural workshops and rural high schools visits to Indigenous communities. Danielle was a mentor for the Murra Mullangari pathways into health program.  She is the winner of the 2014 Allied Health Inspiration Award from Indigenous Allied Health Australia.

Medical Officer – Blair Burke

  • ARMS Rural Health Club
  • Medical student
  • Australian National University

Blair has held Liaison Officer and Vice President roles within ARMS Rural Health Club.

Blair has thoroughly enjoyed her rural clinical year in Goulburn, New South Wales, where she was able to learn and develop rural health care skills.

Rural Health Club events such as the Rural Appreciation Weekend in Wagga Wagga, Rural High School Visits and Close the Gap events have helped Blair to experience the breadth that rural areas of Australia have to offer.

Blair has a passion for multidisciplinary education and healthcare and look forward to the opportunities ahead for a rural health career.

Nursing and Midwifery Officer – Danni-Lee Dean

  • SPINRPHEX Rural Health Club
  • Nursing student
  • Notre Dame University

Danni has actively engaged with SPINRPHEX Rural Health Club and nursing students during her degree. She has assisted in advocating for her fellow nursing students during her many representative roles within university.

Danni has experienced rural international healthcare in Laos and Kolkata, India.

Danni is passionate about becoming a rural and remote nurse and working collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team once she graduates.