Congratulations to the 2018 Team

The 2017 TROHPIQ AGM was held last Tuesday 3rd October. We were delighted to see so many enthusiastic faces, both known and new! Congratulations to the incoming TROHPIQ Executive and Management committees for 2018. With such a fantastic team, we are sure you will do great things and are excited to see where you will take TROHPIQ next year!

Executive Committee
Past President: Laura Frederiksen
President: Shaiba Chatterjee
Vice President: Fiona Edwards
Treasurer: Imogen Aitkins
Secretary: Imogen Gilpin
NAHO Education: Jessica Thackeray
NAHO Social: Amelia Young
Communications & IT Officer: Brigid King
NRHSN + Membership Officer: Sjors Plugge

Management Committee
MDII rep: Belinda Burgess & Patrice Brennan
OT Rep: Maginnis Connell
Rockhampton Rep: Timothy Thorne & Luke Ciantar
Hervey Bay Rep: Alice Ann Wyche
Bundaberg Rep: Vivek Padmanabhan & Amy Shang
Toowoomba Rep: Elise Witter & Emma Chan
Scholarships, Bursaries & conferences Officer: Bruno Perthus
Education Officer: Taylor Brooks
Skills Day Convenors: Belinda Burgess, Patrice Brennan & Grace Boyd
RHSV Convenors: Emma Chan & Brandon Ng
Cherbourg Trip Convenors: Elise Witter & Taylor Brooks
Wide Bay Trip Convenors: Lauren Pienaar & Sarah Harten
Rockhampton Trip Convenors: Sophie Gong & Sarah Harten
Toowoomba Trip Convenors: Elise Witter & Rosannah Blackwood
Bowties & Beauties Convenors: Belinda Burgess & Lauren Pienaar

Some positions are still open to join the 2018 TROHPIQ team. Apply now at or email for information

2017-18 AGM

Nominations are now open for the 2018 TROHPIQ Executive and Management Committees!

If you or someone you know would like to get involved behind-the-scenes for TROHPIQ, consider nominating below. Applications are open at: (close 5pm Saturday 23rd Sept)

More information about TROHPIQ and the executive and management roles located here:

If you would like more detail about any specific roles, please email

Nominations close 5pm Saturday 23rd September 2017.
Online voting will be open from Monday 25th September – Sunday 1st October 2017.
Save the date for the TROHPIQ AGM, which will be held Tuesday 3rd October 2017.


– You are able to nominate yourself or someone else. If you are nominating someone else, please let them know.

– You are able to (and encouraged to) nominate for multiple roles. However, if you are elected to an executive position, it precludes you from being elected for management positions due to the time commitment of the executive.

– Nominees must be TROHPIQ members.


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RDAQ Conference

This year 13 TROHPIQ students attended the 28th annual Rural Doctors Association Queensland Conference which took place from 8 – 10 June 2017 at the Mercure Townsville.


The conference was an incredible opportunity for students to hear interesting new topics on the latest in rural medicine and network with doctors from all over Queensland. The timetable was jam packed with talks ranging from refugee health, chronic disease management and mental health, to palliative care. The plenary sessions “Staying ‘off the rocks’” a compass for navigating crises points in domestic relationships” and “Making community engagement work” generated a lot of discussion and the special guest speaker address from Dr Adrian McCallum on his time in the North and South Pole was particularly inspiring. 


This year, three TROHPIQ members took out the RDAQ academic awards finalist spots. Toby, Kriscara and Winnie each presented stimulating case studies exploring the complexities of health care in rural QLD. Past President Billy Moorhead was also awarded the 2017 UQ Rural Doctors Association of Queensland Prize. 

It was incredible experience for all involved the photos speak for themselves

“I really enjoyed the chance to go back to RDAQ conference this year. RDAQ is a social, informative and welcoming conference that is ideal for any future rural generalists. It is a chance to interact with the leaders (and characters) of rural medicine in Queensland.”


“RDAQ conference was a great experience. The highlights were getting to meet doctors that were genuinely interested in me and encouraging me in pursuing a career in rural medicine. It was great to meet other students from other universities. The talks were great and have a good idea of rural practice. I would highly recommend this conference for those considering it in the future!”



2017 TROHPIQ Cherbourg Trip

The 2017 TROHPIQ Cherbourg trip was a rewarding, inspiring and fun experience for all involved!

Students on the trip were from a range of health disciplines and universities, and enjoyed getting to know one another while running a health promotion stall for kids at a local football carnival in the Indigenous community of Cherbourg.

Attendees were able to hear from Elder Eric Law at The Ration Shed Museum, and learn about the complex past of Cherbourg, and have a tour of the Cherbourg Health Service. 

Students all camped in a near by town Goomeri – which was in the swing of their annual Pumpkin Festival.  Everyone got into the swing of the dinner dance, the pumpkin roll, pig races, the pumpkin scones, pie, soup, bread and so much more.

We hope you all apply next year!

2017 World Rural Health Conference

On a trip up to sunny Cairns, ten students recently attended the 14th World Rural Health Conference as representatives of TROHPIQ. This was a fantastic opportunity for medical students to delve into the most current issues in rural health on a national and global scale. Over the course of four days, there were interactive workshops, research presentations, leadership and networking opportunities. We would like to sincerely thank the UQ Rural Clinical School for sponsoring our students to attend this conference. Read some of the students’ testimonies below to find out more about their experience!

“The WONCA world rural health conference was an unmissable experience. I participated in included a rural café designed to connect medical students and young doctors from around the world and talk about rural health and experiences in different countries. I learnt about tropical medicine and the different diseases and animal risks that can be involved. I learnt more about indigenous culture from Dr Louis Peachy that helped reinforce the public health lectures from UQ. Overall, the conference instilled into me a whole new depth of passion and interest into the rural health workforce and I know it is definitely something I wish to be involved with in the future.”

“The presentations were all engaging and informative, and it was really motivational to hear about the love for their career, community and their accomplishments. There were also talks regarding rural healthcare in overseas countries and it was insightful to see how they were tackling the issue of rural workforce shortage, and how we could implement some of their methods in Australia. The workshops were very interactive and we got the chance to have small group discussions, which were very interesting given the wealth of experience from the doctors, researchers, academics and other attendees. It was great to see the conference catering for and supporting students.”

“First and foremost, the conference has solidified my interest in moving into the rural generalist pathway and provided much-needed context and inspiration for students and young doctors to move rurally, both in Australia and around the globe. There was a focus on the next generation and the need to make the newer doctors better than the old; to not make the same mistakes and to bolster rural medicine in new and necessary ways. I learned a whole lot about Emergency medicine, the royal flying doctor service and envenomation treatment and physiology which I found particularly interesting.”