2013 RRCBP GRADUATES
MICHELLE BAIRD, WNSWLHD
Living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease self-management - "The rural perspective: an untold dialogue."
Michelle is a Chronic and Complex Care Nurse Practitioner in Western NSW Local Health District, based in Dubbo and provides outreach to north-western sector. Michelle is a strong advocate for rural health. She has a keen interest in chronic disease particularly COPD and Heart Failure. Having worked in the Chronic and Complex Care space for over 20 years she is committed to providing quality evidence based healthcare and continue to undertake research.
RICHARD BALL, MNCLHD
Food For Kids Mid North Coast
Parents of babies and young children sharing nutrition and child feeding information: A peer educator model
Richard Ball is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian who has been working for The Mid North Coast Local Health District as a Health Promotion Officer since 2012. He is currently working on the Healthy Children Initiative program and has a keen interest in the extension of this program into the community.
CATHERINE BRABROOK, HNELHD
How do individuals living with a spinal cord injury in a rural area prevent pressure injuries? The lived experience of intact skin
Catherine Brabrook is an occupational therapist and currently works as a Rural Spinal Cord Injury Coordinator with Hunter New England Health Local Health District covering the northern clusters of this district. The idea for the research project came from an interest in how much clinicians can learn from individuals who have successfully managed their spinal cord injury for the long term.
CATHERINE BOURKE, WNSWLHD - BEST REPORT AWARD WINNER FOR 2013 CANDIDATES
Autism Diagnosis in a Rural Community: Are There Opportunities for Improvement?
Catherine is a social worker with over 20 years experience in both the government and non-government sectors. She currently works as a social worker at Mudgee Community Health Centre where she provides individual counselling and group work to children and families, including those with an autism spectrum disorder. Catherine is passionate about innovative models of care that allow better access to services for those in rural communities.
LISA DELANEY, NNSWLHD
Complementary and Alternative Therapy Use in a rural Radiation Oncology Department: Increasing staff knowledge, confidence, discussion and documentation.
Lisa Delaney is a Radiation Therapist at North Coast Cancer Institute, Lismore having previously worked in a number of Australian and international rural and metropolitan centres over the past 10 years. She identified an opportunity to improve practice for an increasing cohort of patients using complementary therapies while receiving radiation therapy and is passionate about integrative health.
FRANCESCA LEATON, NNSWLHD
Improving the use of Flexible Diuretic Regimens: An integrated model of care in regional NSW
Francesca is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the area of heart failure. Currently Francesca works as the Heart Failure Liaison Nurse at The Tweed Hospital, working in both the inpatient and outpatient sectors. Her role involves working collaboratively with patients, GPs, Doctors, Specialists and Nurses in the Tweed district to develop a contemporary model of patient centred care aimed at delivering improved quality outcomes for heart failure patients.
SALLY JOSH, SNSWLHD
Documenting In the Medical Record: Experiences of Engagement (DIMREE)"
Sally Josh works in Southern NSW LHD Clinical Governance as the Research Support Officer. She has a keen interest in improving patient quality and safety, and in listening to and acting on the patient experience. She maintains a very broad interest in health care and research across disciplines and sectors.
KATHERINE MOHR, MLHD
Has implementing a NSW Early Access to Stroke Thrombolysis program increased the rate of thrombolysis in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD)?
Katherine Mohr is a Registered Nurse and is working as the Stroke Care Coordinator in the Acute Stroke Unit at the Wagga Wagga Health Service. She has a strong interest in improving stroke care for patients in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. Katherine is excited about the implementation of a model of care that decreases the time of stroke symptom onset to arrival at an acute stroke unit. This will provide patients in spoke sites to access acute stroke unit care earlier, thereby improving outcomes for stroke patients.
BRENDAN PEARSON, MLHD
What drive us to drive, walk or cycle to work in Albury?
What reasons, attitudes and issues contribute to Albury residents' choice of transport to work and what strategies are likely to encourage more people to walk or cycle to work?
Brendan Pearson is working in Health Promotion in Murrumbidgee Local Health District in the areas of healthy weight programs and healthy built environments. He has strong interests in non-communicable disease prevention and believes built and natural environmental factors are major determinants of health as we are products of our environment.
NICOLE RAPPELL, NNSWLHD
Paper to Practice.
A mixed-methods study of rolling-groups as a delivery model for the Lidcombe Program treatment for early stuttering within regional communities
Nicole Rappell is a Generalist Speech Pathologist working a Byron Bay Community Health. Originally trained in London and specializing in the field of Alternative and Augmentative Communication, she sought the warmer climate of Australia and upon returning developed a passion for working with children who stutter and their families.
NICOLE SMITH, MLHD
Is Anyone Listening?
Factors affecting time to resolution of healthcare complaints received in a diverse NSW rural public healthcare service.
Nicole Smith has worked in NSW health for 18 years and is currently the Quality Systems & Complaints Manager for the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. Nicole’s role sits within the Clinical Governance Unit and primarily covers the oversight of consumer complaint management and administration of the Incident Information Management System in the district, also providing training and support for LHD staff in incident and complaint management. Nicole has previously worked in consumer relations, public affairs and clinical operations and has a strong interest in strengthening the relationship between health services and the people they service.
GIRISH SWAMINATHAN, SNSWLHD - REPORT HIGH COMMENDATION WINNER FOR 2013 CANDIDATES
The factors influencing antibiotic prescribing in a rural hospital emergency department with no on-site infectious diseases support
Girish works as a Chief pharmacist with the Bega Valley Health Service. Girish has an interest in patient safety and quality and is passionate in improving healthcare standards in regional and rural areas. Girish has a postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy, a diploma in management and currently undertaking his masters in health services management.
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SUZANNE WRIGHT, HNELHD
Hip Dysplasia Screening in a Rural Health District:
An analysis of practice with respect to hip dysplasia screening in the Hunter New England Local Health District
Suzanne Wright is the Paediatric Physiotherapist at the Armidale and New England Hospital and provides services for children and their families throughout the Hunter New England Local Health Division (Northern sector). Suzanne worked as a Human Movements Educator prior to being a Generalist Physiotherapist in the private and public sectors. For the last 17 years Suzanne has specialised in Paediatric Physiotherapy. Suzanne has a Masters of Physiotherapy(Paediatrics), Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Education(Hons Class 1).