JRHCW 2017

Joint Rural Health Club Weekend


The JRHCW 2017 held in Emerald was attended by 11 TROHPIQ students this year including a variety of health students. The weekend provided a unique opportunity for students of various backgrounds from rural health clubs all over QLD to network and optimise their skills in a range of teaching sessions. In between all the delicious meals, students also had the chance mingle with many renowned health professionals and notable community leaders to hear about their experiences in rural health.



The weekend was topped off with an afternoon at the Emerald 100 Races, a fun way to socialise with the local community. It was a wonderfully organised weekend thanks to generosity and efforts of Health Workforce Queensland, RDAQ Foundation, sponsors and individuals involved.

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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 https://goo.gl/forms/EGMv1Et18K3tHTZ53 or email secretary@trohpiq.org for information

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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: https://tinyurl.com/ybc65wnm (close 5pm Saturday 23rd Sept)

More information about TROHPIQ and the executive and management roles located here: https://tinyurl.com/yd8kb4e9.

If you would like more detail about any specific roles, please email secretary@trohpiq.org.

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!”



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2017 Skills Day 2.0

TROHPIQ’s second skills day of the year was another fantastic opportunity for nearly 100 medical and allied health students to learn and refine their hands-on skills.

The program included stations on venepuncture and cannulation, use of Doppler for vascular assessment, suturing, airway management and intraosseous access.

We had a team of fantastic doctors, nurses and medical students running these stations on the day. As always, their expertise and enthusiasm is much appreciated!

We even had a snap chat competition going on the day – thank you to all the students that participated and congratulations to all our winners!

Our snap chat account is a fantastic way to stay up to date with TROHPIQ events – add us with the username ‘trohpiq’.

Keep an eye out for our next skills day of the year, which will be held in September!

(And a big thanks to Brigid King, Imogen Gilpin and Shaiba Chatterjee, the hard working 2017 TROHPIQ Skills Day Convenors who have done a fantastic job running these workshhops)


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