Our people

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Passionate, skilled and innovative

Passionate, skilled and innovative people make up the NTGPE staff.

We offer training and support services to GP registrars, GP supervisors and training posts. To do this, our people are skilled in medical education, management, administration, finance, counselling and well being, marketing and communications, events management, human resource management and information technology.

There are around 45 full-time staff and 15 casual medical educators and assessors.

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Supervisor and Practice Accreditation Officer
Lisa assists with the accreditation of training posts and supervisors

Lisa, in her role as supervisor and practice accreditation support officer, assists with the accreditation of training posts and supervisors, as well as the organisation of mobile offices and GP supervisor professional development workshops. She began working with NTGPE in 2012 and has a strong understanding of the entire organisation. This combined with attention to detail makes her a valuable team member.

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Central Australia Regional Coordinator
Lyndsey has a long history with NTGPE, starting with the organisation in 2013.
Alice Springs

Lyndsey has a long history with NTGPE, starting with the organisation in 2013. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Alice Springs Office as well as managing the NTGPE properties in Central Australia. Lyndsey feels strongly about closing the gap and has natural talents in coordinating NTGPEs involvement in events in Central Australia.

Hours

Part time: Mon, Tue & Wed.

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Service Desk Support Officer
Matthew is ‘Mr myGPcommunity’. Primarily he is responsible for maintaining support services to myGPcommunity – the learning platform for NTGPE.
Darwin

Matthew is ‘Mr myGPcommunity’. Primarily he is responsible for maintaining support services to myGPcommunity – the learning platform for NTGPE. Matthew is available to help with all queries and requests relating to the platform, including training new users in the how the system works.

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Finance officer
Migari is the Finance officer, maternity leave cover
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Board Director – NT PHN member representative
John Rawnsley is the manager of the Law and Justice section at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) and has a legal background.
Darwin

John Rawnsley is the manager of the Law and Justice section at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) and has a legal background. He is a Director of the NT PHN and current Deputy Chair. John grew up in the Northern Territory spending time in his youth and as an adult in both Darwin and Central Australia. He is from the Larrakia and Anmetjerre groups. He has extensive board experience including a current Director of the Larrakia Development Corporation and Winkiku Rrumbangi NT Indigenous Lawyers Aboriginal Corporation, and formerly a member of the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority and former Alderman of Alice Springs and Deputy Mayor.

Appointed: 1 July 2020

Qualifications: LLB, BAIS, GDLP, MAICD

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Board Director – Skills based
Dorothy Morrison is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.
Darwin, NT

Dorothy Morrison is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. Her role oversights the operations of higher education and research, vocational education and training, alliance management with other agencies, projects and services as well as the performance, monitoring and reporting functions of the Institute.

Ms Morrison was the Chief Executive Officer for the Heart Foundation Northern Territory from 2008 – 2015 and has held other senior executive roles involving oversight of Indigenous education across the Northern Territory. She has significant experience across the health and education sectors in policy analysis and development; strategic, operational and business planning; and professional practice. Ms Morrison's work in the health and education sectors included the development of policies and plans in health promotion, public health, Indigenous health and Indigenous education.

Appointed: 21/05/2013

Qualifications: BA, DipContEd, MEd, GAICD, FAICD

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Board Director – AMSANT member representative
Erin has been working in the Aboriginal health sector for over 17 years. Erin is the Program Manager at AMSANT, managing workforce policy, chronic disease
Darwin, NT

Erin is an Aboriginal woman from Darwin and has been working in the Aboriginal health sector for over 19 years. Erin is the Program Manager at AMSANT, managing workforce policy, chronic disease workforce support, leadership and Digital Health for AMSANT and its members. Before taking on the Program Manager role, Erin worked in the Workforce Policy officer position at AMSANT working nationally and regionally on workforce policy and projects and supporting AMSANT members on relevant workforce issues.

Other previous roles prior to AMSANT included working at Danila Dilba Health Service and the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health, mainly in executive support, education & training and governance roles. Erin holds tertiary qualifications in Business & Project Management and is currently studying a Bachelor of Health Science through Charles Darwin University.

Appointed 28/04/2015

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Travel & Housing Coordinator
Narelle has a strong background in corporate travel and accommodation which is a good fit because NTGPE travel a lot!
Darwin

Narelle has a strong background in corporate travel and accommodation which is a good fit because NTGPE travel a lot! Narelle is responsible for arranging travel for staff and program participants and has a knack for creating order out of chaos. Her shift from a busy travel agency environment to the non-commercial sector has proven successful as Narelle has been employed with NTGPE since 2012.

  • Staff travel
  • Accommodation

Hours

Part time 0.9FTE (Mon AM, Tues AM (PM remotely), Wed, Thu, Fri)

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Cultural Educator
Patricia Nungala Rankine’s clan group is Warlpiri/Kaditji and she also has connections with the Anmatjerra tribe around the Ti-Tree area in Central Australia.
Darwin

Patricia Nungala Rankine is from Alekerenge Community (Southeast of Tennant Creek) but had been living in Mungkarta Community, Southwest of Tennant Creek. Her clan group is Warlpiri/Kaditji but she also has connections with the Anmatjerra tribe around the Ti-Tree area in Central Australia. Patricia has been a Cultural Educator with NTGPE since December 2011 and is our resident expert on traditional kinship systems.

  • Cultural education
  • Cultural teaching visits
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Manager of Cultural Education
Peter has worked with Menzies in a similar position and has held various jobs in different industries across the territory.
Darwin

Peter's Aboriginality comes from the Butchella tribe from Fraser Island in Qld and through his father’s adoption and initiation process into the Gunibidji tribe in Maningrida. Peter grew up on the floodplains of the Adelaide River in the NT and has connections to Kakadu region in the NT, and also Wyndham in WA. He started with NTGPE as the Manager of Cultural Education in 2020, but his journey in cultural education started on the day he was born. He practices both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures and lives in both worlds making him a perfect candidate to lead the cultural education team at NTGPE.

Peter has a long history of working in the health education sector and worked as a cultural educator in the early 2000s, and with the Menzies School of Health Research. He comes from a background in media and is interested in the power of multimedia to improve communication and close the gap in health inequities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the NT.

Peter believes the primary goal of the cultural education team is to teach GPs how to challenge their preconceived ideas about working with Aboriginal patients and to help them to approach things differently.

Cultural education

  • Cultural awareness training
  • GP training and support
  • Management of the cultural education team
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Board Director – CDU member representative
Professor Upton is the Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at CDU.
Darwin, NT

Professor Dominic Upton is the Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Charles Darwin University. Prior to moving to the NT, Dominic was the Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra having served as Associate Dean (Education) and Deputy Dean for a number of years. A Health Psychologist by background, Professor Upton has had an extensive career in clinical practice, teaching and research. Prior to moving to the University of Canberra, he was Director of Research in the Institute of Health at the University of Worcester in the UK and Head of Psychology at both Worcester and Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Professor Upton has led a number of significant research projects funded by national and international bodies and held a number of significant national positions for psychology and learning and teaching. A strong and passionate advocate for innovative and inspiring teaching excellence, he was elected Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 2005, awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2007 and was elected as Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018. He has authored 19 books and over 200 academic articles in academic journals and book chapters.

His research interests span a number of significant areas in health psychology: from the impact of psychological factors in pain, long-term conditions and wound healing, to the promotion of physical health in both adults and children, to the promotion of evidence based practice in clinicians. His current research focus is on the psychosocial factors in wound care and wound healing.

Appointed: 05/02/2019

Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, C Psychol, CSci, MAPS, FBPsS, PFHEA

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Board Director – Flinders University member representative
Professor Craig is Vice-President and Executive Dean of the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University.
Darwin, NT

Professor Craig is Vice-President and Executive Dean and Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor in of the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University. He is a practising paediatric nephrologist and clinical epidemiologist, and especially committed to improving the health of people with chronic kidney disease, the health of children, and the health and well-being of Indigenous people. He has had continuous NHMRC Program Grant funding for 20+ years, and currently is CIA on a Program Grant (BEAT-CKD), Project Grant, and CRE.

His awards include International Distinguished Medal of the National (US) Kidney Foundation (2010), TJ Neale Award for Outstanding Contribution to Nephrological Science, and Honorary Membership of the Italian Society of Nephrology (2004). He is the Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Kidney and Transplant Group.

He is a past Chair of the Steering Group of Cochrane, is a past member of the Expert Advisory Group for the Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program, and non-executive board member of Kidney Health Australia. He is a member of the NHMRC Advisory Group on the Synthesis and Translation of Research Evidence, a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, a member of the Medicare Services Advisory Committee, a member of the Life Savings Drug Program, a member of the International Advisory Panel for Singapore’s Agency for Care Effectiveness, and past member of the WHO expert review panel for global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property.

Appointed: 09/04/2019

Qualifications: MBChB, DCH, MMed(Clin Epi), FRACP, PhD, FAHMS