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Rural Generalist Pathway

About us

The Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway is coordinated by a team of senior experienced rural medical advisors and administrators in consultation with leading rural and remote training partners.

Our medical advisors include practising Rural Generalists, Staff Specialists, past Directors of Clinical Training and senior rural medical academics from James Cook University who provide an extensive advisory and support service to all trainees.

Dr Denis Lennox

Dr Denis Lennox
Director, Rural and Remote Medical Support inc. Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway and Queensland Country Practice
Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service
Associate Professor (Professional) James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry

From Bundaberg origins Denis graduated from the University of Queensland (medicine) and the University of New South Wales (Health Administration).  He commenced clinical practice in Bundaberg where an extended experience of relieving the Medical Superintendent guided his vocational career into medical management.

After management roles in the Department of Health and Toowoomba Hospital including establishing a rural doctors training program and the Cunningham Centre to manage it, Denis' role for the last fifteen years has supported rural and remote medical services state wide.  This support includes establishing and overseeing the four pillars of the Queensland Rural Generalist Program:  a) recognising the discipline of Rural Generalist Medicine  (state recognition of practice reform), b) valuing practice in the discipline for its true worth (industrial reform); establishing a training/supply line - the Rural Generalist Pathway and c) redesigning rural medical service and workforce to ensure the needs and expectations of rural communities meet the capabilities and aspirations of the next generations of Rural Generalists.  Queensland Country Practice provides consultancy services to perform the latter as well as managing medial and health professional rural relieving services.

Dr Dan Manahan

Dr Dan Manahan
Medical Director, Rural Generalist Pathway
Deputy Director Medical Services (Rural), Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service

A graduate from the University of Queensland, Dan undertook his studies with the assistance of a Queensland Health Rural Scholarship and commenced clinical practice in Rockhampton where he completed his Internship. He then moved to Emerald in Central Queensland where it was during this time he experienced the characters, practitioners, patients and friends which dramatically influenced his choosing of a career as a Rural  Generalist.
After time in Goondiwindi which further cemented his rural vocation, he relocated to Brisbane for advanced skills training where he obtained Obstetrics, Anaesthetics and Surgical credentials and married Jacinta, a city slicker prepared to leap into rural life. Dan and Jacinta moved to Stanthorpe in 1996 and have settled there raising four children. 
In combination, Dan manages his current significant role as Medical Superintendent at Stanthorpe with his Rural Generalist Advisor role whilst maintaining this continuing professional education, recently completing an external Diploma in Medical Sonography.  Dan is passionate about both developing and facilitating medical education and training opportunities for medical officers across rural and remote Queensland.

Dr Leanne Browning

Dr Leanne Browning
Director Rural Generalist Training, Rural Generalist Pathway
Rural Paediatrician, Toowoomba

After graduating from the University of Queensland, Leanne followed her passion for paediatrics and completed her training at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane and then Toowoomba. Though growing up in rural Queensland, her appreciation for the lifestyle was ignited when she met her husband Brad while rural relieving in her Senior House Officer year. She first worked as a Consultant Paediatrician at Toowoomba Hospital where she was also able to pursue her interest in education as the Director of Clinical Training.

Leanne lived and worked in Charleville for four years where she provided a paediatric service to the area with flying clinics to Cunnamulla and Quilpie; she also spent three years in Goondiwindi with her husband and three young children. Leanne commenced with the Rural Generalist Pathway at its inception in 2006 and has been excited to see its evolution into a premium training pathway.

Dr Dale Hanson

Dr Dale Hanson
Director of Rural Generalist Training, Rural Generalist Pathway
Staff Specialist Emergency Medicine, Mackay Base Hospital
Senior Lecturer, James Cook University

Dale graduated from the Flinders University of South Australia in 1982, initially pursuing a career in Rural General Practice, and subsequently in Emergency Medicine. Since 1986 he has worked as a Staff Emergency Physician at Mackay Base Hospital; he is currently the Director of Clinical Training for the Mackay Hospital and Health Service.

Dale is an instructor with Advanced Paediatric Life Support Australia and a senior lecturer with James Cook University, teaching undergraduate Emergency Medicine and postgraduate Public Health. He completed his Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2000 and subsequently his Doctorate in Public Health in 2007.

Dale has eclectic interests and expertise gathered from a diverse career that has spanned General Practice, Emergency Medicine, Medical Education, Public Health, Community Safety Promotion and Social Network Analysis. He particularly enjoys assisting junior medical practitioners to identify and then achieve their long term career objectives.

Dr James Telfer

Dr James Telfer
Director of Rural Generalist Training, Rural Generalist Pathway
Rural Generalist Senior Medical Offficer, Stanthorpe Hospital

James is a Rural Generalist Senior Medical Officer at Stanthorpe Hospital. He graduated from Flinders University in 2003. James was a Queensland Rural Health Scholarship Scheme Holder, and completed his first two years at Mackay Base Hospital. He undertook Advanced Skills Training in anaesthetics at Toowoomba Base Hospital in 2006 and has worked in Stanthorpe since 2007. He has completed his FACRRM and FRACGP.

James is a Registrar Liaison Officer for QRME (Queensland Rural Medical Education) and is currently undertaking a Masters of Clinical Education through Flinders University.
He is married to Bec and has three children.

Dr Tarun Sen Gupta

Prof Tarun Sen Gupta
Director of Rural Generalist Training, Rural Generalist Pathway
Director of Medical Education / Professor of Health Professional Education, School of Medicine, James Cook University

Tarun is Director of Medical Education and Professor of Health Professional Education at the James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry. He was a foundation appointment when the School was established in 2000, and has worked in medical education since 1993. He has worked as a Medical Educator with the RACGP Training Program, and was Medical Coordinator of the North Queensland Rural Health Training Unit from 1997-2000.

Tarun has worked in North Queensland since 1987 when he was appointed Medical Superintendent with Right to Private Practice at Richmond in the north-west of the state. His one-year term there as a scholarship holder rapidly became six, and he has maintained an interest in rural medical education since. Tarun is involved with RACGP and ACRRM in a number of areas, and has been involved with the national assessment committee of both Colleges. He was appointed to the Medical Board of Queensland in 2006 . He is a board member of the Postgraduate Medical Council of Queensland, sits on the Australian Medical Council and is currently President of the Rural Doctors Assocation of Queensland (RDAQ).

Tarun is married to Wendy; they enjoy the company of two thriving children, a pair of disobedient golden retrievers and a neglected cat.

Dr Katie Mills

Dr Katie Mills
Director of Medical Education and Training, Cunningham Centre
Staff Specialist Emergency Medicine, Toowoomba Hospital

Katie is faculty lead for educational events delivered by the Rural Generalist Pathway and Cunningham Centre Medical Education and Training team. She is a regular facilitator at the Rural Generalist Trainee Workshop series and the Clinical Rural Skills Enhancement (CRuSE) program and is an ACRRM StAMPS examiner. She is a Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (FACEM) and works in the Emergency Department at Toowoomba Hospital.



Dr Derek Holroyd

Dr Derek Holroyd
Director of Rural Generalist Training, Rural Generalist Pathway
Rural Generalist Senior Medical Officer, Proserpine Hospital

Derek graduated from UQ in 2004, after a less than acceptable rural-GP consult on the Darling Downs whilst working in the beef industry.  He was the recipient of a Queensland Health Rural Scholarship and a Darling Downs Cotton Growers Bursary.

His first two years of practice were at Ipswich Hospital, then came a northern move to Cairns Base Hospital for Advanced SkillsTraining in obstetrics, to achieve the DRANZCOG Advanced.  Derek became a Provisonal Fellow at Proserpine Hospital in 2008 to complete his QH Return of Service and Rural Generalist training.  He remained there as a senior medical officer and has achieved FACRRM and FRACGP.  The elusive FARGP qualification still evades him, but he endeavours to complete this in 2014.

Derek enjoys medical education and is a facilitator for the birthsuite scenario PrOMPT course offered through RANZCOG.  He is also a diploma examiner for the College.  Derek assists with education sessions for GP registrars through Tropical Medical Training, and participates at their training workshops.

Being a north Queenslander and married to Ardy (a hospital pharmacist at Proserpine Hospital), he has no plans to relocate, but rather enjoy helping his two young sons grow up in the idyllic Whitsundays.


Associate Professor Ruth Stewart

Associate Professor Ruth Stewart
Director of Rural Generalist Training, Rural Generalist Pathway
Senior Medical Officer, Mareeba Hospital

Dr Ruth Stewart is Associate Professor of Rural Medicine, Director of Rural Clinical Training and Support at James Cook University.  She now works clinically at Mareeba hospital as a Senior Medical Officer with obstetric credentialing part time. Previously she worked for  twenty-two years as a procedural GP in Camperdown, a town of 3,500 people in South West Victoria.  

Ruth is a board member of the Cape York Hospital and Health Service. She served on the board of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine from 2002 to 2012 as director for Women in Rural Practice, Victorian Director and as Vice President. She is currently Chair of the ACRRM Education Council. Ruth has represented ACRRM on many committees including the Consultative Committee on the Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and the Nurse Practitioner Advisory Group to the Department of Health and Ageing. She is an executive member of the Expert Advisory Committee for the National Evidence Based Antenatal Care Guidelines.  In December 2011 Ruth completed a PhD on maternity rural clinical networks. 


Dr Natasha Coventry

Dr Natasha Coventry
Director of Rural Generalist Training, Rural Generalist Pathway
Medical Superintendent, Cooktown Hospital

Dr Natasha Coventry is currently Medical Superintendent of Cooktown Hospital.  As a John Flynn Scholar, she elected to go to Cooktown throughout her undergraduate training, an experience which critically influenced her future career decisions.  A 2001 UQ graduate, she completed Internship at Cairns Base Hospital and commenced FRACGP training with the plan to ultimately return to Cooktown long-term. 

Undertaking GP training through TMT, she experienced private General Practice in Cooktown and Mareeba, as well as Cairns Hospital based Paediatrics, Mental Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DRANZCOG) and Anaesthetics (JCCA).  Throughout this time there were intermittent rotations to Cooktown Hospital firstly as Senior Medical Officer (SMO), and finally as Medical Superintendent, returning permanently as a Rural Generalist Anaesthetist in 2007.  Dr Coventry continues to practice procedural anaesthetics and is involved in building up Cooktown as an educational ' hub' for Rural Generalist registrars, medical students and moving towards reopening Cooktown as an elective birthing site in 2014. She is also President-Elect of the Rural Doctors Assocation of Queensland (RDAQ).

Her professional commitment to Cooktown parallels a personal connection having married Justin - a Cooktown local, and now raising their four children in the community.  She also has a self confessed addiction to coffee, resulting in the opening of a coffee shop in Cooktown.  As well as meeting her own needs, it is part of her fatigue management strategy and long term recruitment/retention campaign for Cooktown.

Graeme Wainwright

Graeme Wainwright
Nurse Educator, Rural Generalist Pathway
Emergency Nurse, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

Graeme is an Emergency / Critical Care Nurse who began his career in the UK, relocating to Queensland for big skies and big landscapes.

He has been involved in rurally focussed clinical education since 2005 and has a specific interest in 'in situ' high fidelity clinical simulation delivering workshops from Weipa to Goondiwindi, really showcasing the strengths of rural clinical teams.

A Clinical Nurse at the RBWH Department of Emergency Medicine and an ACLS instructor, Graeme has been a part of the education team supporting the Rural Generalist Pathway since its inception. He is passionate about the clear benefits of supporting clinicians through high quality education.

RGP admin team

The administrative team, employed by the Cunningham Centre, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, provide a comprehensive case management and support service to medical team members, training partners and most importantly our Rural Generalist Trainees. The team can be contacted as follows:

Toowoomba Office

p 1800 680 291
f  (07) 4616 5699

Natalie Taylor, Manager
Deanne Bond, Program Coordinator
Suzanne Edmondson, 
Education Program Officer
Hayley Hampson, Education Program Officer
Tammika Zischke, Education Program Officer
Patrick O'Connor, Education Program Officer
Shannon Nugent, Education Program Officer

Barbara O'Rourke, Administration Officer
Catherine Lobb, Administration Officer

Roma Office 

p 1800 680 291
f  (07) 4624 1818

Karla Bruton, Program Coordinator
Alison Blair, Program Officer

Stanthorpe Office

p (07) 4681 5224

Jason Kelly, Administrative Officer




Last Updated: 09 February 2015
Last Reviewed: 15 October 2014