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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 John Douyere

Dr John Douyere
Medical Director, Rural Generalist Pathway

John lives in Longreach where he has worked since 1996 as a rural generalist with obstetric and anaesthetic advanced skills. After graduating from UQ in 1989 he spent time in Townsville, Ayr, Toowoomba, Charleville and Kilcoy before settling in Longreach. John’s wife Jayne is a radiographer and sonographer, providing an ultrasound service at Longreach Hospital as well as being a keen amateur photographer. They have 2 sons who both attend boarding school at Southport.

The experience of living and working in rural communities for over 20 years has led to a passion for the support and development of medical services for rural Queensland. John is a strong believer in the importance of good general practice primary care services and innovative workforce models suited to individual communities.

As well as his advanced skills, John has an interest in skin cancer surgery, medical education and IT applications in rural practice. John is a PC StAMPS examiner for ACRRM and a previous board member of TMT and Central West HHS.

When not at work John spends time restoring and racing classic American and Australian cars.


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.


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.


Dr Michael Clements

Dr Michael Clements
Director of Rural Generalist Training, Rural Generalist Pathway
Medical Director, Health and Wellbeing Service Group, Townsville Hospital
Medical Educator and Advanced SKills Liaison, Tropical Medical Training

Dr Michael Clements commenced his studies at Sydney University through the RAAF Graduate Medical Scheme. After working as a junior doctor in Sydney and Geraldton he commenced his military service with three years in Katherine, NT.

Military service with the RAAF included a Middle East deployment, multiple domestic and international aero medical missions in a variety of platforms and a year long exchange posting to the RAF in the UK at the Centre for Aviation Medicine. Discharging from the RAAF after a posting to Townsville, Michael then became the Director of Medical Services at Ingham Hospital prior to commencing his role at Townsville Hospital and TMT. Michael has Fellowships with RACGP, RACMA and ACAsM, and he has rounded this out with the DipAvMed (UK), MPH, MRAeS, GAICD and is about to finish his MHM. Michael remains active with the RAAF Specialist reserve, continues to work sessions at Ingham Hospital and at the local super clinic and enjoys flying himself out to remote towns in North Queensland in a hired Mooney M20 to perform external clinical teaching visits.

Michael is now very settled in Townsville with his wife and four children who have became addicted to the tropical weather and lifestyle which also suits Michael as the weather is perfect for year round flying! Michael’s interests are in health leadership and management, workforce planning and management, rural medicine, aviation medicine and clinical education.  


Prof Scott Kitchener

Professor Scott Kitchener
Director of Rural Generalist Training, Rural Generalist Pathway
Clinical SubDean Rural, Griffith University, Toowoomba campus
General Practitioner, Clifton

Professor Kitchener graduated from medicine at UQ with a Defence Scholarship.  His junior years were occasionally in Brisbane, but also Hughenden, Biloela, Toowoomba and Inala Community Health.  He subsequently served in the Middle East, mainland PNG, Bougainville and East Timor, fortunately after completing rural general practice training in WA.  Scott has completed over 50 operational medevacs and qualified in diving medicine, though his real interest has been tropical medicine, particularly zoonotic diseases and skin cancer medicine.  He subsequently fellowed in Public Health Medicine after completing a doctorate in Public Health at JCU developing a new method for JE vaccination.  He wrote his MD in vector borne disease epidemiology while in postdoctoral study in vaccine development at Cambridge, UK. 

Scott returned to Australia and rural practice on the Darling Downs for the schools and lifestyle.  He left his Deputy Director Medical Services Rural role to become a Medical Educator with RRQC (now QRME).  Along with others on the Downs, he began the Rural Longlook program, now working as the Clinical SubDean, Rural at Griffith University, based at the Toowoomba campus.  More recently, he has also become the Lead Researcher at the Agricultural Health and Medicine Research Group at USQ, in Toowoomba.  Since coming back to Toowoomba in 2007, Scott has practiced at Clifton as a rural GP.


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.


Kristy Jackman

Kristy Jackman
Nurse Educator, Rural Generalist Pathway

Kristy is currently working as a Clinical Nurse Consultant at the RBWH Trauma Service but has a background in emergency nursing.

Growing up in Nanango, Kristy is passionate about rural health care and education and has been involved with both the CRuSE (Clinical Rural Skills Enhancement) course and Rural Generalist Pathway Course since 2004.

When not working she enjoys being a mum, cycling and listening to music.

The administrative 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) 4699 8133

Deanne Bond, Manager
Katie Squires, Program Coordinator
Graham Davis, A/Program Officer
Suzanne Edmondson, Program Officer
Hayley Hampson, Program Officer
Catherine Lobb, Administration Officer
Angela Faulkner, Administration Officer
Sharon Wrampling, A/Administration Officer


Roma Office 

p 1800 680 291
f  (07) 4624 1818

Karla Bruton, Program Coordinator
Alison Blair, Program Officer

Stanthorpe Office

p (07) 4683 3424

Jason Kelly, A/Program Officer

Last Updated: 28 June 2016
Last Reviewed: 28 June 2016