We Want Your Opinion!

43% of Queensland public maternity services closed between 1995-2005, with a trend towards centralising units in coastal and more densely populated regions(1). Across Australia, the National Rural Health Alliance estimated 130 rural maternity units had from 1996-2006. Following recent concerns after the controversial closure of maternal services in Theodore, the government has assembled a Taskforce to evaluate the safety, equitability and future of rural and remote maternal services in Queensland. Your input will help to shape TROHPIQ’s submission to this Taskforce. Your responses are appreciated greatly. Please click here to submit a response.

Rural High School Visits 2018

RHSV 2018 – a trip that saw the formation of an amazing team between 5 passionate TROHPIQ volunteers spreading their love for health careers across 875km of rural QLD.

This year, RHSV visited 4 high schools in Warwick, Goondiwindi and Chinchilla, and delivered a wealth of knowledge about health careers through presentation and interactive workshops. Our workshops introduced students to the technicalities of surgical handwashing, exemplified the use of stethoscopes for heart and breath sounds, dared students to face the shocking TENS machine, revised basic lifesaving skills with special adjuncts, and showcased the importance of allied health teams for amputee patients, along with so much more!

The 2018 RHSV Team

To reward our hard work, our volunteers also visited the Bunya Mountains and became immersed in the flourishing, luscious forest of strangler trees, and had an overnight stay on a farm abundant with farm animals including pigs, horses, chickens and even a peacock! We had an incredible 5 days teaching high school students about the intrinsic rewards of health careers, as well as growing our own appreciation for rural QLD. Best of all, we formed a beautiful friendship amongst the 5 of us & we all took something valuable away with us which will no doubt help us in our respective careers.

We can’t encourage you enough to apply for RHSV 2019!!


Gundy Medical Muster 2018

A group of TROHPIQ members were lucky enough to attend the 2018 Gundy Medical Muster. This event is run by local clinicians in Goondiwindi, and is always a popular conference that provides education and networking opportunities for students and health professionals. It is also a great chance to experience the community of Goondiwindi.

The event was kicked off by Welcome Drinks on the Friday night, followed by two fantastic days of plenary sessions and panel discussions. The theme of the conference was “Extremes of Life”, and the program included several interesting topics from the role of epigenetics and maternal health in chronic disease to end of life care. The conference dinner was also a definite highlight and a great way to unwind after a day of interesting discussions.


Thank you to the conference organising team and the community of Goondiwindi for making this such a fantastic event! Also a huge thank you to the Southern Queensland Regional Training Hub for sponsoring TROHPIQ students to attend.


Read below some statements from TROHPIQ members that attended:

“I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to experience the unique sense of community and collegiality among the rural health workforce in Goondiwindi. The focus on extremes of life reminded me that with rural health it is possible to have continuity of compassionate care from womb to tomb. I especially enjoyed the involvement of community members in the panel discussions and hearing their views represented.” ~Elise Witter
“I enjoyed and appreciated the unique atmosphere of Goondiwindi in general, and the opportunity to engage with the local doctors and medical students from Griffith and Bond Uni, who were a joy to interact with. The emphasis on the extremes of life during the conference highlighted the importance of a GP’s role in primary care within a rural setting at every critical point in life. The conference presentations were highly informative as a well, such as the talk and panel on Alzheimer’s Disease, providing great perspective and insight that would prove useful in the future during practice.” ~E-Hong Seah


“The Gundy Medical Muster was a fantastic opportunity for me to experience a regional town I had never been to before. Highlights included the opportunity to meet a number of local Doctors, as well as listen to a range of interesting plenary discussions. These included a session on High Risk Obstetric Complications, as well as an interesting presentation on how early fetal life can influence our future risk of developing chronic disease” ~ Brigid King

“The Goondiwindi Medical Muster was an incredible opportunity for medical students to network with inspirational rural practitioners. As part of the student program, we were able to participate in plenary sessions and attend a hospital tour. The theme of this year’s conference “Extremes of Life” resonated with me personally as someone interested in aged care and palliative care. It was particularly great to be returning to a rural community that I have already done placements at and being welcomed back into the community as if I’ve never left! Many thanks to the Southern Queensland Regional Training Hub for sponsoring us, and I hope to be there again at the next conference in two years time.” ~ Shaiba Chatterjee


TROHPIQ Skills Day 3

Skills Day 3 was held on the 18th of August and hosted 100 enthusiastic medical and allied health TROHPIQ members. The skills day team ran a morning and afternoon session where students rotated through five 45 minute stations. A passionate group of doctors, midwives and senior medical students tutored the student attendees in valuable clinical skills. The suturing and airway management stations were a great opportunity for students to refine their basic skills. The popular Intraosseous access station was back, with two new stations also introduced: Neonatal Resuscitation and Catheterisation.  Overall the skills day provided pre-clinical students with a wonderful introduction to clinical skills. Students engaged with our snapchat competition and sent in some creative shots of them learning skills. Thank you to our wonderful tutor volunteers for giving up their time and to our sponsors: Teleflex, Co-Op bookshop and MIPS.

Congratulations to Belinda Burgess, Grace Boyd and Patrice Brennan for running three sell-out skills day events, equipping students with skills they will need for their future hospital placements.

RDAQ Recovery Breakfast

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.



Speaker Profiles:

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