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Amanda Ebzery

Medical Student Coordinator & Facilities Manager - Toowoomba

Profession: Nursing

Years in Profession: 4 Years

Clinical Speciality: General practice

Education: BNursing USQ

Best Book Ever: anything Enid Blyton

Movie that makes me cry: My sister's keeper

Coffee making skills: 7/10 - used to work in a coffee shop

Super Power: Multitasking

Feed Me: Chocolate or Pork Belly

Fun Fact: I used to play tenpin bowling, played for North QLD in state completion. I bowled for 16 years.

Anthony Reimers

eLearning Coordinator - Toowoomba

Profession: eLearning Coordinator

Years in Profession: 3 years

Education: Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and Business (Operations and Logistics), Cert IV in Fitness

Best Book Ever: The Tomorrow Series, John Marsden

Movie that makes me cry: Hatchi

Coffee making skills: 0/10 -

Super Power: Building random carpentry things

Feed Me: Chicken Tacos

Fun Fact: I play drums that light up!

Brendan Carrigan

Medical Lead Year 3 Longlook - Toowoomba

Profession: Medical

Years in Profession: 13 years

Clinical Speciality: General Practice, Rural Medicine, Colposcopy, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Medical Administration, Clinical Education

Education: BSc(Hons),MBBS, FACCRM, DRANZCOG (Adv), GCAHP, AFRACMA, enrolled MClinEd

Research: Rural Health, Rural Clinical Education

Best Book Ever: Whats a book?

Movie that makes me cry: Nil

Coffee making skills: 9/10 but 0/10 milk skills

Super Power: Accumulating appointments.

Feed Me: As many hats as you can.

Fun Fact: In past life was the leader of the most sucessful independent UQ student political party. Currently amature throws coach.

Brittany Dunham

Administration Assistant - Toowoomba

Profession: Administration

Years in Profession: 7 years

Education: Cert IV in Mental Health, Diploma of Human Services and Development, currently completing Bachelor of Laws

Best Book Ever: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Movie that makes me cry: The Lovely Bones

Coffee making skills: 5 out of 10

Super Power: Ability to find a car park, even when it is 'full'.

Feed Me: Any type of potato

Fun Fact: I am not a fan of cooking but I LOVE baking (despite being terrible at it).

Catherine Macdonald

Medical Educator - Warwick

Cindy Stehbens

Financial Accountant - Toowoomba

Profession: Accounting

Years in Profession: 15 years

Education: BCom (Acc/BLaw) USQ; CPA

Best Book Ever: The Barefoot Investor

Movie that makes me cry: Ghost

Coffee making skills: 1/10 - a dodgy instant coffee at best! (I don't drink coffee)

Super Power: Analysing and overthinking

Feed Me: Chocolate!

Fun Fact: As a child I competed in (and won) Line Dancing competitions

Claire Walter

Medical Educator - Stanthorpe

Profession: Medical

Years in Profession: 10 years

Clinical Speciality: General Practice, JCCA Anaesthesia

Education: Bachelor of Science, MBBS, FRACGP, FARGP, JCCA, ACEM certificate, diploma child health, currently enrolled in a Masters of Clinical Education

Research: I've dabbled! Looking forward to engaging in more research to improve health outcomes for rural communities.

Best Book Ever: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Movie that makes me cry: Jojo Rabbit

Coffee making skills: 3/10. Drinkable, but not particularly enjoyable

Super Power: Meeting avoidance.

Feed Me: Not liquorice.

Fun Fact: I am the worst player on my local netball team, and have fun doing it!

Declan Flynn

Medical Educator - Toowoomba

Profession: Doctor

Years in Profession: 1

Education: Doctor of Medicine with Distinction

Research: Efficacy of telemedicine on glycaemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes: A meta-analysis

Best Book Ever: "This is Going to Hurt" by Adam Kay

Movie that makes me cry: Space Jam

Coffee making skills: Comfortably average

Super Power: meal prep

Feed Me: milk

Fun Fact: my brother only has 1 eye

Demitri Perera

Medical Educator - Toowoomba

Profession: Medical

Years in Profession: 8

Clinical Speciality: General practice

Education: BA (Psychology), MBBS, FRACGP

Research: A national study of choanal atresia in tertiary care centers in Canada. Parts 1 and 2. (2021)

Emma Leu-Marshall

Medical Educator - Kingaroy

Profession: Medical

Years in Profession: 18 years

Clinical Speciality: General Practice, JCCA Anaesthesia

Education: MBBS, FRACGP, JCCA

Best Book Ever: There are far too many to chose from! Just one - White Tiger, by Kylie Chan

Movie that makes me cry: Red Dog

Coffee making skills: I drink tea.....

Super Power: convicing others I know things!

Feed Me: sushi

Fun Fact: My family property was built in 1846, and in my mum's family since 1878

Hannah Woodall

Researcher and Medical Educator - Toowoomba

Janani Pinidiyapathirage

Associate Professor - Toowoomba

Profession: Medical

Years in Profession: 22

Clinical Speciality: Public Health

Education: MBBS, MSc, MD, PhD

Research: Chronic disease prevention and management, Rural health, Innovative teaching & learning

Best Book Ever: The Tipping Point

Movie that makes me cry: A man called Otto

Coffee making skills: 0/10

Super Power: Stamina and strength to work long hours

Feed Me: Kottu

Fun Fact: I was born in the ''City of Gems''

Jessica Land

Clinical Educator - Dalby

Profession: Registered Nurse / Nurse Educator

Years in Profession: 14yrs

Clinical Speciality: Rural Emergency

Education: Bachelor of Nursing (University of Queensland). Grad Cert Academic Health Practice (Griffith University). Transition programs for Adult ICU RBWH and Paediatric ICU Melbourne Royal Children's Hospital. Part way through Masters in Clinical Education (Flinders University).

Best Book Ever: Have recently read "The Alice Network" Kate Quinn - loved it!

Movie that makes me cry: Marely & Me - every time

Coffee making skills: Pretty Pro. Bit of a coffee snob.

Super Power: Interpreting and assisting Dr Rob and Dr Brendan for hubs.

Feed Me: Salty Carbs

Fun Fact: I have 2x beautiful fur babies Golden Retrievers & 1x human baby.

Jill-Anne Wheeler

Medical Student and Facility coordinator - Kingaroy, RMEA RTO Trainer

Profession: Nursing

Years in Profession: 19

Clinical Speciality: Rural Nursing

Education: Diploma Nursing, Cert IV Training and Assessment

Best Book Ever: Black Box Thinking - Matthew Syed

Movie that makes me cry: Patch Adams

Coffee making skills: some days are better than others!

Super Power: empathy

Feed Me: Fruit salad and fresh cream

Jo Buckley

Medical Student and Site Coordinator- Beaudesert

Profession: Nursing and Midwifery

Years in Profession: 20 years Nursing, 14 years Mid

Clinical Speciality: OT and Midwifery

Education: BNursing CDU, MMid GU, GCert Clin Ed Flinders

Best Book Ever: Pride and Prejudice

Movie that makes me cry: Dead Poets Society

Coffee making skills: Nada

Feed Me: Dark Spirits and Cheese

Julie Reid

Chief Financial Officer - Toowoomba

Profession: Accounting

Years in Profession: 27 years

Education: BCom (Acc) USQ; GAICD; CPA; MBA Deakin

Best Book Ever: The Bible, of course!

Movie that makes me cry: Miracle In Cell No. 7 (2019)

Coffee making skills: 2/10, not much of a coffee drinker

Super Power: Spot The Difference puzzles

Feed Me: Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs

Fun Fact: I came second in a Catch And Win competition run by the National Rugby League to catch footballs at half-time on Grand Final Day and won $10,000

Kaitlyn Anderson

Rural Stream Coordinator - Toowoomba

Profession: Paramedic

Years in Profession: 3 Years

Clinical Speciality: Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine

Education: BSc Science (Psychology & Biology) BSc Paramedicine, GCert Tertiary and Adult Education, Currently completing GCert Tactical Medicine

Research: Commenced

Best Book Ever: Cut & Run, Abigail Roux

Movie that makes me cry: Anything where an animal dies.

Coffee making skills: 7/10 (Was a barista for a moment in time)

Super Power: Jigsaw Puzzles

Feed Me: Ice Cream & Hot Chips with Gravy

Fun Fact: I came first in the Toowoomba Show Novelty Cake section & can fire twirl.

Kay Brumpton

Rural Subdean - Toowoomba

Profession: Medical

Years in Profession: 25+ years

Clinical Speciality: General Practice, Rural Medicine, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Academia

Education: MBBS, FRACGP, FARGP (advanced skill O&G), RACGP-rural generalist, DRANZCOG, FACRRM (advanced skill emergency), MClinEd, GAICD, PhD candidate

Research: Cultural safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Kendall Hawtin

Nurse Educator and Student Coordinator - Warwick

Profession: Nursing

Years in Profession: 20 years

Clinical Speciality: Emergency and Rural Nursing

Education: BNursing QUT, GCert Academic Health Practice Griffith University

Best Book Ever: Boy Swallows Universe, Where the Crawdads Sing

Movie that makes me cry: Phar Lap

Coffee making skills: Very poor, I'm a tea girl

Super Power: Picking up the emotions of others

Feed Me: Gin, dark chocolate and cheese

Fun Fact: I love horses, yoga and the quiet simple life of living on a farm.

Matt French

Medical Educator - Beaudesert

Megan O’Shannessy

Chief Executive Officer - Toowoomba

Profession: Nursing and Midwifery

Years in Profession: 35 + years

Clinical Speciality: Rural Nursing

Education: RN,RM, BNursing, MPHTM

Research: beginning

Best Book Ever: Love In the Time of Cholera

Movie that makes me cry: Red Dog

Coffee making skills: 6/10 but coffee I make for my husband he says is 10/10

Super Power: Making apple pie from scratch

Feed Me: my mums Pineapple Meringue Pie

Fun Fact: I keep bees

Michaila MacAskill

Clinical Educator - Dalby

Profession: Nursing

Years in Profession: 10 Years

Clinical Speciality: Emergency and Anaestetics

Education: Currently completing Masters of Nurse Practitioners (Emergency and Acute Care); Bachelor of Nursing, RIPRN, IPN, Graduate Certificate Emergency Nursing, Graduate Certificate Leadership and Management

Research: No publications or research experience, yet… but extensive experience in auditing and quality improvement activities within my HHS

Best Book Ever: Folk of the Far Away Tree by Enid Blyton

Movie that makes me cry: My Girl (1991)

Coffee making skills: 0/10, I really make bad coffee

Super Power: Organisation skills, kids, work, study. I'm all over it.

Feed Me: Tiramisu or hokey pokey ice cream

Fun Fact: I was a swimming teacher while at university and currently manage my mother's swim school in Dalby in my spare time…

Nardia Ricca

Nurse Educator - Stanthorpe

Profession: Nursing

Years in Profession: 20 years

Clinical Speciality: Emergency

Education: Bachelor of Nursing

Best Book Ever: The Power of One

Movie that makes me cry: Beaches

Coffee making skills: 10/10 Just add water!

Super Power: I can make lasagne and pizza from scratch

Feed Me: Anything that doesn't taste awful

Fun Fact: I am a twin

Paul Purea

Director of Training - Toowoomba

Profession: Nursing

Years in Profession: 28 years

Clinical Speciality: Anaesthetics, Aboriginal Health, General Practice, Emergency

Education: RN, BNursing, Dip PrctMgmt, Gcert GP, GDip Anaes, MClinEd

Research: LICs

Robert Heffernan

Medical Lead Year 4 Longlook - Toowoomba

Profession: Medical

Years in Profession: 15 years

Clinical Speciality: General Practice, General Medicine

Education: BSc (Biomedical Science), MBBS, FRACGP FARGP, Grad Cert Clinincal Education

Research: Med Educ Online . 2021 Dec;26(1):1972506.

Best Book Ever: Deepak Chopra Quantum Healing

Movie that makes me cry: Not a movie but my daughter in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

Coffee making skills: 5 out of 10

Super Power: Noxious olfactolocation

Feed Me: Pizza, Lasagna and Icecream

Fun Fact: Won tickets to the 2021 AFL Grandfinal for most dedicated supporter from a radio station by wearing full body paint and a G-string

Sherrilyn Walters

Researcher - Toowoomba

Profession: Research

Years in Profession: 3 years

Clinical Speciality: Sport and Exercise

Education: BAppSc (Animal Science), Grad Cert (Sports Coaching), MScR (Sport and Exercise), currently undertaking PhD

Research: Exercise Physiology, Occupational Health in military and emergency services, Rural Health

Best Book Ever: Lord of the Rings

Movie that makes me cry: The Dog of Flanders

Coffee making skills: 5 / 10 - I drink green tea mostly

Super Power: Manifest alternate reality

Feed Me: Thai green curry with tofu, Sushi

Fun Fact: I love anime and fantasy tabletop RPGs

William MacAskill

Researcher - Dalby

Profession: Research

Years in Profession: 2

Clinical Speciality: Medical Education

Education: PhD, BAppSci, BEd

Research: Rural health, Reflective Learning, Workforce Recruitment, Exercise Physiology

Best Book Ever: Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

Movie that makes me cry: Red Dog

Coffee making skills: 9/10

Super Power: Public Speaking

Feed Me: Lasagne

Fun Fact: I'm great at firetwirling!

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