Board Members

Chair

Professor Sabina Knight

RN MTH FRCNA FCRANA Plus FRLA

Director, Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, QLD

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Professor Knight has an extensive background in remote and Indigenous primary health care, public health and education. She is a recognised leader in nursing, rural and remote health and education and health system reform.

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Professor Jennifer May AM

PhD BMed (Hons) FRACGP FACRRM

Director, University of Newcastle, Department of Rural Health, NSW

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Professor May’s career has been focused on rural and remote health, with research interests in new models of general practice, primary health care integration and retention of the health workforce. She has lived and worked in the New England area of NSW since 1984 with a five year sojourn in the remote WA Pilbara region and two stints in rural British Columbia, Canada. She is a practicing GP and has an abiding interest in rural health policy. She is the RDAA representative on the NRHA (having been Chair 2008-2011) and is currently on the Australian National Advisory Committee on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ANACAD). She was named Telstra RDAA rural doctor of the year in 2014 and awarded an AM in recognition of her services to medicine, community health and education in 2016.

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Professor David Lyle

MBBS PhD FAFPHM

Head, Broken Hill UDRH, University of Sydney, NSW

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Professor Lyle is a public health physician who has worked in senior positions in the NSW public health system and university sector since 1990. He has a track record of achievement in teaching, research and health services development.

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Professor Sandra Thompson

BSc(Med)(Hons) MB BS (Hons) PhD MPH FAFPHM Grad Dipl Health Management

Director, Western Australian Centre for Rural Health, Geraldton, WA

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Professor Thompson has worked in the health industry for over 20 years in a variety of roles – as a medical practitioner, laboratory based researcher, public health researcher and epidemiologist, manager and public health practitioner.

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Professor Lisa Bourke

BSc BSW MSc PhD

Director, UDRH, Department of Rural Health, The University of Melbourne, Shepparton VIC.

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Professor Bourke is a rural sociologist with almost 25 years experience as a social researcher in rural communities. Her research and community projects focus on the health and well-being of rural, remote and Aboriginal Australians, particularly young people.  Lisa is also ARHEN’s Representative with the Rural Health Alliance.

 

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Professor Ross Bailie

MBChB MPhil MD FAFPHM MRNCGP

Director, University Centre for Rural Health, North Coast, Lismore, NSW

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Professor Bailie is a public health physician who has worked as a GP and a  public health academic in New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. He has a strong record of applied health and health services and systems research, particularly in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities.

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Assoc Professor Tony Barnett

PhD BAppSc MEd RN FRCNA FRSA

Director, Centre for Rural Health, University of Tasmania, Launceston, TAS

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Assoc Professor Barnett trained as a nurse in South Australia and has worked in a number of hospitals in both South Australia and Victoria. He has previously held senior academic positions at both Monash and Deakin Universities.

Treasurer

Professor Robyn Langham

MBBS (Hons) PhD FRACP GAICD

Head, School of Rural Health, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University

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Professor Langham is a nephrologist and researcher by training. She is committed to improving the health outcomes of people with kidney disease through innovative research and new models of care, and has a long relationship with rural and regional Victoria through the delivery of all aspects of renal services to rural communities.

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Dr Vincent Versace

BSc (Hons, H1) PhD

Director, Deakin Rural Health, Warrnambool Campus, Deakin University, VIC

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Dr Versace is committed to reducing rural health disparities.  Collaborating widely with academic institutions, NGOs and government departments, he seeks to contribute to high quality research through the robust application of biostatistics and spatial methods.

Deputy Chair

Assoc Professor Martin Jones

RN MSc D’Proff

Director, UDRH, University of South Australia, Whyalla, SA

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Associate Professor Jones has worked in the UK National Health Service, having pursued a career in mental health. He has specialist experience leading and developing services for people with serious mental illness.

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Professor Tim Carey

Dip T(Prim and Pre) Grad Dip Spec Ed (Sev/Prof) BA Hons MSc (Statistics) PhD (Clinical Psychology) M

Director, Centre for Remote Health, Alice Springs, NT

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Professor Carey has worked in the NHS in Scotland. In his current role he conducts research into health service delivery, provides supervision and training on mental health issues and operates a clinical psychology service in the public mental health system.

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Professor Jennene Greenhill

PhD

Director, Flinders Rural Health, Renmark, SA

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Professor Jennene Greenhill is the Director of Flinders Rural Health South Australia.  She is committed to building the rural health workforce and mental health services and has a long relationship with rural health education in rural South Australia and western Victoria delivering longitudinal integrated rural programs for medical, nursing, paramedic and allied health students.

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Professor Megan Smith

PhD GradCert UT&L MAppSc (Cardiopulm Physio) BAppSc (Physio)

Director, Three Rivers Department of Rural Health, Wagga Wagga NSW .

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Professor Smith heads ARHEN’s newest member, the Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health at Wagga 

Wagga, NSW.      

Interim contact: 02 6051 9245 or ThreeRiversUDRH 

 

This page last updated:  June 2017
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Professor Megan Smith

Director, Three Rivers UDRH, Wagga Wagga NSW

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