Meet your new 2020 NRHSN Executive Committee

2020 NRHSN Executive Committee Announced!

We are excited to announce the 2020 NRHSN Executive Committee:

  • Chair – Harry Jude
  • Vice Chair – Krishn Parmar
  • Secretary – Elodie Honore
  • Allied Health Officer – Kate Thompson
  • Community and Advocacy Officer – Jocelyn Ledger
  • Indigenous Health Officer – Rachel Pugh
  • Medical Officer – Danica Xie
  • Nursing and Midwifery Officer – Fiona Fletcher

2020 Executive Committee

Please have a look through our 2020 NRHSN Executive Committee bios below to get to know our Committee.

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

Chair – 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.

chair@nrhsn.org.au

Harry Jude 2020

 Vice Chair – Krishn Parmar

  • SPINRPHEX Rural Health Club
  • Dentistry student
  • University of Western Australia

Having been born and raised in Brisbane, Krishn has travelled around Australia to many regional hubs and small towns, sparking his passion to promote and advocate for rural health. As the Vice Chair for 2020, he aims to continue to promote the benefits of working rural and to increase the opportunity and accessibility of rural work and education for future health professionals. Krishn was the TROHPIQ IT and Communications Executive Officer and NRHSN Allied Health Officer in 2019. He looks forward to continuing his work with our stakeholders to grow the allied health sector of the NRHSN.

vicechair@nrhsn.org.au

Krishn Parmar 2020

Secretary – Elodie Honore

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

Elodie grew up travelling between her family’s large farming community of South Gippsland, Victoria and Melbourne, allowing her benefits of both worlds of rural and metropolitan Australia. While loving the open Australian landscapes, hard work of the cattle yards and the freshest food from the farms, she also saw the inequities experienced there. In contrast to the resources, conveniences and services available to metropolitan Melbourne, she saw that rural Australia has a long way to go, igniting her commitment to rural health. Elodie has been Co-Chair of ROUNDS Rural Health Club, lead various other student societies and worked with refugee and community groups teaching vital water safety around the unique Australian waterways. Elodie will be enjoying her final year of medical school in Ballarat, Victoria.

secretary@nrhsn.org.au

Elodie Honore 2020

Allied Health Officer - Kate Thompson

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

Kate grew up in regional NSW and is currently completing her fourth year of a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) in Brisbane. Kate is passionate about rural health and helping to contribute to the future regional and remote workforce of Australia. Kate strives to ensure all future Australians have access to healthcare no matter their location. During 2019, Kate worked as apart of the allied health management committee of TROHPIQ and is very excited to take on the role of Allied Health Co-Chair with TROHPIQ and Allied Health Officer within the NRHSN in 2020. Kate feels extremely privileged to have the opportunity to advocate for the views of allied health students and help to ensure a promising career pathways for our future rural workforce.

allied@nrhsn.org.au

Kate Thompson 2020

Community and Advocacy Officer – Jocelyn Ledger

  • BREAATHHE Rural Health Club
  • Medical student
  • University of Newcastle

Jocelyn grew up in Lithgow, NSW and spent time living in Albury, NSW while completing her Bachelor of Business. Jocelyn is now a 4th year medical student at the University of Newcastle and completing her clinical years at Maitland Hospital. She has been the President and General Councillor for Medicine in her rural health club, BREAATHHE, and is a current NSW RDN Cadet. Jocelyn is passionate about rural health, advocating for students wanting to experience and learn in rural settings. She is looking forward to working with students and stakeholders in 2020.

advocacy@nrhsn.org.au

Jocelyn Ledger 2020

Indigenous Health Officer – Rachel Pugh

  • HOPE4HEALTH Rural Health Club
  • Medical student
  • Griffith University 

Rachel is a Woppaburra woman, born in Mt Isa inwhich she spent her formative years. Growing up between Brisbane and Mt Isa she developed a deep appreciation for the culture of rural communities whilst also becoming aware of the vast differences in health outcomes. She has been heavily involved in her rural health club Hope4Health as Indigenous advocacy executive, and VP for rural and indigenous portfolios in 2020, and has had the fortunate opportunity to be involved innumerous rural immersion and rural placement programs throughout Australia. As a final year medical student at Griffith University Rachel looksforward to advocating for and supporting students inbuilding a health workforce that rural Australian people deserve.

indigenous@nrhsn.org.au

Rachel Pugh 2020

Medical Officer – Danica Xie

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

Danica is a final year medical student at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), based at the Port Macquarie rural clinical school. Hailing from the New England and Northern Tablelands regions of NSW, she is UNSW rural health club’s former President, and the outgoing Community and Advocacy Officer for the NRHSN, who is keen to combine her passion for health in rural and remote communities, with her love for mentoring others, as she continues on the committee this year as the Medical Officer. This year Danica also sits on the RACGP Rural Board as their student representative, to work towards a broader goal of creating equitable access to healthcare, for example through ensuring rural clinicians have access to appropriate training and professional development.In 10 years, she hopes to be living somewhere in the middle of Australia, treating diverse medicine at the peak of the telemedicine age, make time for painting, tennis and serving at church on the weekends, and own a ride-on lawn mower.

medical@nrhsn.org.au

Danica19

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 held positions as Treasurer and Social Representative and newly elected as Co-president for 2020. She has worked on 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.

nursing@nrhsn.org.au

Fiona Fletcher 2020

Outgoing 2019 Executive Committee

We would also like to thank the outgoing 2019 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.

2019 Exec Committee