2018 RRCBP GRADUATES
TRACY BOLTON, SNSWLHD
Exploring the experiences of workplace stress and support for non-clinical staff, in front line roles in a rural public health services
Tracy Bolton is an experienced social worker, working for the last 5 years in community and inpatient mental health settings in rural NSW. Tracy has a specific interest in support and or training options for all staff and visitors to NSW Health settings who may be impacted by adverse clinical or corporate incidents. With this focus, this project explored the experiences of non-clinical staffs working in front-line roles in a public health setting.
JENNIFER MANNELL, WNSWLHD
Factors that influence engagement with physical activity for people living with Parkinson's Disease in Western NSW - a qualitative descriptive study
Jennifer Mannell continues to pursue her Physiotherapy career in Bathurst. When she moved from the acute care setting to a community based position her passion for helping people living with Parkinson’s Disease grew. She feels strongly that best practice strategies for managing Parkinson’s Disease should be equally available to people in the public sector, and living in a rural setting versus private sector and in metropolitan.
SHANNON MORRIS, NNSWLHD
'The meat in the sandwich'
Midwives experiences supporting Women's Safety and Autonomy
Shannon Morris is a Clinical Midwifery Consultant in Northern NSW. She has over 20 years of experience across the spectrum of midwifery care models. Shannon’s passion for woman centred care keeps her striving toward safe and effective maternity systems that are provided within a culture of openness and compassion.
HELEN ORVAD, HNELHD
What is the nature of the disparity between the evidence-based practice and actual clinical practice for management of patients who present with suspected ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) to smaller rural hospitals in the Northern Area of HNELHD?
What are the factors that are influencing clinical decision making by primary care providers in rural STEMI patients?
Helen Orvad is in her 34th year of nursing for Hunter New England Health. Her career has encompassed medical, Intensive Care, Coronary Care and Retrieval nursing, and Interventional cardiology clinical and management roles. Her district role as Clinical Nurse Consultant for Cardiology has identified several issues around management of rural cardiac patients. It is this work that the need for this project on the disparity of STEMI management developed.
JULIE QUADE, WNSWLHD
Determining the effect of dietetic intervention on fat free mass in chemotherapy patients at a rural chemotherapy day unit
Julie is a Senior Oncology and Palliative Care Dietitian, Daffodil Cottage Cancer Care Services, Bathurst Health Service
As a 2018 RRCBP cohort candidate she completed a quasi-experimental trial of regular protein intake by chemotherapy patients, aiming to maintain muscle mass through treatment and recovery.
CRAIG SUOSAARI, MNCLHD
The Dunghutti Muri Project: Optimising access to the Mid North Coast Brain Injury Service for local Aboriginal people
Craig has a diverse work history as a Clinician and Educator but never really thought research was a viable option until joining RRCBP. He currently divides his working week across multiple jobs including work as a Speech Pathologist and Case Manager with the Mid North Coast Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service.
ANDREA THAWLEY, NNSWLHD
RAPIT Rapid Assessment Processes in Triage: A quantitative study
Andrea has a clinical background in both Intensive Care and Emergency Nursing. She is currently employed for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) as a Clinical Nurse Consultant (Emergency) providing clinical leadership and consultancy services for The Tweed, Byron Central and Murwillumbah Hospitals.
CHRISTOPHER WILSON, MLHD
Resilience in rural general practitioners: Practising mindfulness, self-care and other stress management techniques
Dr Christopher Wilson (GP registrar) is passionate about wellbeing. For more than 10 years Chris has presented on wellness, mindfulness, yoga and resilience for government, corporates, hospitals, retreats, and youth leadership programs. Among his many interests Chris is a keen researcher in the topics of resilience, mindfulness and rural health.