TROHPIQ proudly hosted the RDAQ Recovery Breakfast following the conclusion of the RDAQ conference in June this year. The breakfast was held at the Charminq Squire in South Bank, and allowed conference attendees to relax and enjoy some breakfast canapes after the Gala Dinner the night before.
We were extremely fortunate to be joined by guest speakers Dr Claudia Collins and Dr Desley Marshall, who shared some of their extensive experiences from living and working in rural areas.
Dr Claudia Collins is the Inaugural recipient of the Denis Lennox Medal for Outstanding Rural Registrar, given by RDAQ in 2017. She was conferred her fellowship with ACRRM in October 2016 and has an Advanced Skill in Indigenous Health. She has been working within the Aboriginal and Islander Health Sector in QLD for the last 6 years, and is passionate about Indigenous Health and working towards health equality for our First Nations People. She is a member of QAIHC’s Lead Clinicians Group, a Medical Educator for CQRAICCHO (Central Qld Regional Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Organisation) and a Director of Rural Generalist Training for the Qld Rural Generalist Pathway. Her current clinical role is as a General Practitioner with the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health.
Claudia grew up in beautiful Far North Queensland and graduated from James Cook University School of Medicine. She herself is a product of the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway, and a former Queensland Rural Health Scholarship Scheme (QHRSS) holder.
Dr Desley Marshall, OAM,MBBS(UofQ),FRACGP,GAICD has spent her General Practice career, spanning almost 40 years, working in rural Australia. . Desley has a passion for rural health issues and is an honorary life member of the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland. She is an examiner with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and belongs to the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). Since semi -retiring from her own practice in 2011, Desley has worked as a locum in practices around the South- West as well as interstate. Over the last 2 years ,she has been working at the St George Medical Centre in a part time capacity. She is a GP
supervisor for rural GP trainees and takes part in educational and other activities through the Generalist Medical Training organisation. Life outside of medicine is kept busy with her being on the RFDS Qld board, being a liturgical assistant at her local church and looking after her husband, Robert and their home in St George.
Thank you to everyone who attended the breakfast and helped make the event such a success.
-Brigid, TROHPIQ Communications Officer