Meet the Team

    Meet the Team

    The Northern Queensland Regional Training Hubs is a partnership between private and public hospital and health services, GP clinics and James Cook University. We are a medical training network, working together as a team, committed to improving the health services of rural and remote communities in the northern Queensland region and provides you with unmatched training opportunities while enjoying the lifestyle that only this part of Australia can offer.

    Andrea Muller

    Program Manager, Northern Queensland Regional Training Hubs

    Home Town/City: Grew up in Brisbane and moved to Townsville in 2012.

    Bachelor of Business, Accounting, QUT.

    Tell us about your role:
    I work with Regional Training Hubs staff and Hospitals and Health Services across the North Queensland region to promote the training opportunities available across the training continuum in this region. Our collaborative relationship with JCU and the Hospitals and Health Services allows us to support medical students and junior doctors to access unique training placements and opportunities. We support mentoring, career advice and planning, professional development and linking student groups with Registrars and Consultants.

    What do you find most rewarding part of your role?
    Working with professionals who are all so passionate about regional and remote health and wanting to give back to the community. The North offers such complex and unique caseloads which provides doctors and students with unparalleled learning opportunities. It is rewarding to see our students graduate, complete junior doctor years either in the region or away but then come back to complete their specialty training and become consultants in the region.

    Robyn Dupuis

    Manager, Regional Training Hubs, Cairns

    Home Town/City: Hull, Quebec, Canada, now Cairns

    Master of Business Administration, Cert IV in Training and Assessment, Graduate Certificate in Education and Training for Sustainability, Diploma (CA)/Associate Degree (AU) – Business Administration, Logistics, Australian Rural Leadership Program (current)

    Tell us about your role:
    I work across the two Clinical School locations in the Cairns Hospital and the JCU City Campus. I work with the teams looking after the MBBS years 4-6 based in Cairns, the Cairns Coast GP Training node and the Cairns and Cape and Torres Regional Training Hubs. I have an amazing team who work closely with the students, registrars, academics and staff based in the hospitals and private clinics to ensure we are providing an excellent learning experience and also to promote training opportunities in the region after medical school.

    What do you find most rewarding part of your role?
    I enjoy so much about this role, the work we are doing is making a real impact on the health outcomes for people across regional, rural and remote Australia and I feel a lot of pride in that. I have been able to get to know a lot of Queensland that I wouldn’t have otherwise had a lot of experience in, visiting Thursday Island a few times a year, for example, is a pretty special experience. Finally, I love working with my team. They are a bunch of outstanding individuals and I feel so lucky to be in a position to work alongside them.

    Penny Phillips

    Coordinator Regional Medical Training

    Home Town/city: Cairns

    Qualifications/Education: /Experience :
    I have been working with JCU for seven years, initially in the Medicine undergraduate program supporting students through their Year 4, 5 & 5 Clinical Years at the Cairns Hospital. 

    Tell us about your role:
    My work in the Regional Training Hub space is focused on creating an awareness of the opportunities to undertake specialty training in the Cairns Hospital and northern Queensland region. This awareness created through Career Focus Sessions, networking and the sharing of the nqrth website provides an opportunity for our local undergraduate students, interns and junior doctors to gain a widespread knowledge about the specialty pathways that are unique to our region. I liaise closely with the Cairns Hospital medical staff, in particular those involved in the medical education of Junior Doctors, and the Directors of Clinical Training and host a regular weekly Grand Round series which is shared via a zoom link on the nqrth facebook page. 

    What do you find most rewarding part of your role?
    Having worked in the undergraduate space for several years, I am excited to be able to continue to encourage these future Doctors as they aspire to progress through the challenging pathways of specialty training. It is a pleasure to be able to promote such a ‘liveable’ part of our country where the lifestyle is second to none and a work life balance is very achievable, even if the demands of the junior doctor and registrar can be extremely daunting at times. 

    Christine Bell

    Team Leader Regional Medical Training, Central West and North West

    Home Town/City: Mount Isa

    Qualifications/Education: /Experience:
    I have been working with JCU for just over 3 years, I moved here from Sydney to be near my family and thought it was a great time for a “sea change” (minus the Sea). I hold a Masters of Business Administration – Leadership and Innovation. I also hold Certificates in Human Resources Management, Project Management, Industrial Relations and Commerce.

    Tell us about your role:
    I work out of the Centre for Rural and Remote Health which is based on the premises of the Mount Isa Base Hospital. In conjunction with the Hospital and Health Service we are able to have a close collaboration with the Medical Education team and Medical Workforce units to create a cohesive and transparent Medical Training Pathway from Intern to an array of Post Grad specialty training opportunities.

    What do you find most rewarding part of your role?
    There is just so much to love about this job, The wonderful collaborations and community mindedness make our efforts to improve the health of rural and remote communities extremely rewarding.

    Michelle Hardy

    Co-ordinator Regional Medical Training - Townsville

    Home Town/city:
    Home is where the heart is. I have lived in Brisbane, Mary Kathleen (Mount Isa), Adelaide, Dublin (Ireland) and now Townsville.

    Bachelor of Laws - LLB , (Queensland University of Technology); Cert IV in Assessment & Workplace Training and Allied Health Assistance (TAFE Queensland), a Graduate Certificate in Government, and a Diploma in Reflexology. I have worked as an Intern for the Parliament of Queensland and Legal Aid Qld, as a Legal Trainer in the ATO in Adelaide, as an Allied Health private practice Manager in Dublin, and as a Team Leader for James Cook University in Townsville.

    Tell us about your role:
    I have been based in the Clinical School sites at Townsville University Hospital and Mater NQ for the last ten years supporting the training continuum from undergraduate training through to Internship. My RTH role allows me to reach further into the training continuum. My RTH role is to operationalise the opportunities in Townsville and I have the privilege of connecting with TUH Med Education, Medical Staff Society and the many consultants passionate about medical training, as they facilitate access to networked rural training opportunities.

    What do you find the most rewarding part of your role?:
    Connecting people. Our people are the ones who open the way for collaboration, true integration and positive cultural shifts. I enjoy supporting current supervisors of clinical training. For example, I have recently assisted in the process of accreditation for new training positions, and supported implementation of Clinical Training Standards.

    Justine Olsen

    Manager, Regional Training Hubs, Townsville

    Home Town/City: Townsville, Qld, Australia

    Bachelor of Education (Sec), Diploma of Leadership and Management (current)

    Tell us about your role:
    I lead the teams who provide administration for the MBBS years 4-6 based in Townsville Clinical School, the Townsville GP Training node and the Townsville Regional Training Hub. My role is to support integration and collaboration, not only within our team and with our partner health facilities locally, but with the broader network of JCU teams in Townsville and across other sites. It is through this integrated and combined effort, that I can help to improve the health outcomes of regional, rural and remote Australia.    

    What do you find is the most rewarding part of your role?
    I have a background in and a love for education and training, so working over the past 13 years in this area of Medicine has been something I have really enjoyed. I am fortunate and pleased to work with amazing people who inspire me every day. Engaging with my team, our partner hospital staff, as well as the wonderful network of people across sites is an enjoyable, challenging and satisfying aspect of my role. I strongly believe in what we are trying to achieve – better health outcomes for regional Australia - and I am proud of being a small part of that vision. 

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