Announcing the newly elected 2019 NRHSN Executive Committee

2019 NRHSN Executive Committee Announced!

We are excited to announce the 2019 NRHSN Executive Committee:

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

Meet the new members who are beginning their term in the Committee:

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.

Harry Jude photo

Community and Advocacy Officer - Danica Xie

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

Having grown up in rural NSW and spent the other half of her life in the Big Smoke, Danica has experienced many joys and hardships of rural life and medicine. She is currently a medical student at the University of New South Wales and is excited to be finishing her degree in the beautiful Port Macquarie, one of UNSW’s many rural campuses. 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 and Publicity Officer in previous years, as well as Social Media Officer for the Australian Medical Students Journal, and is passionate about the opportunity to take national rural advocacy to a new height.

Danica photo

Nursing and Midwifery Officer - Fiona Fletcher

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

Fiona grew up on a cattle station in central Queensland where she grew an appreciation for rural life and the Royal Flying Doctors Service as a child. She is now based in Sydney, studying her Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Sydney. She is an active member of her rural health club, having just finished her role as Social Representative and newly elected as Treasurer for 2019. She continues to remain active within her University faculty, as Student Representative Council member and Sydney University Nursing School Society member. She has recently been involved in projects with the NSW Rural Doctors Network and has completed rural placements in Broken Hill and soon Bathurst. One of Fiona's biggest goals as the Nursing and Midwifery Officer 2019, is to spark interest of rural health opportunities in other students who haven’t yet considered rural experiences. 

Fiona Fletcher photo

Outgoing 2018 Executive Committee

We would also like to thank the outgoing 2018 NRHSN Executive Committee who have worked tirelessly over the year to represent the network, advocate for rural health and provide a voice for students all over Australia.

If you would like to say a word of thanks, email the committee on

2018 Executive Committee Pyramid