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Go Rural Virtually

Let's Go Rural ... Virtually!

Go Rural Virtually provides health students with a virtual rural experience by showcasing Queensland rural communities through online webinars and interactive discussions.

By attending a Go Rural Virtually event, medical, nursing, midwifery, and allied health students can connect with Queensland’s outback, its people and discover what makes health professionals turn a rural career into a lifestyle.

So far Go Rural Virtually has visited Longreach and Mt Isa and is looking forward to taking you to Goondir Health Services located in St George, Oakey and Dalby.

Event Details:

Tuesday, 26 October 2021
6 pm - 7.30 pm (AEST)

Register Now!

Registrations close 5.30pm (AEST), Tuesday 26 October 2021.


For Go Rural Virtually Goondir we’re doing things differently. Interactive discussions in breakout rooms will cover cultural awareness; medical practice in real life and; is private practice for nurses and allied health students a choice for you? Plus meet Louise and Carita who will answer all your questions about rural employment and professional development opportunities.

Floyd Leedie
CEO, Goondir Health Services

Floyd has been involved in the primary health care sector for nearly 21 years, all being with Goondir with the last 13 years as CEO.
Floyd aims to help close the health and social determinant of health gaps between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous population in Goondir’s service region.

John Dennehy
Director / Exercise Physiologist, Better Movement Clinic

John developed a strong passion for rural health and has a history of working in rural practices for 11 years. John established Better Movement Clinic in 2013 an interdisciplinary practice working in rural and remote practices for several years from private practice to Aboriginal health, to occupational rehabilitation.

Marsha Dodd
Clinic Manager, Goondir Health Services, Dalby

I have been with Goondir Health Services for 11 years, and have worked in many roles within our service. I am currently the Clinic Manager of our Dalby site and of our Mobile Medical Clinic which I have been doing since 2019.

Cherilyn Bickers
Clinical Placement Coordinator (SW),
Southern Queensland Rural Health

I work closely with our rural communities, stakeholders, students, and health professionals. I am committed to engaging and educating high quality and highly skilled rural health workforce across regional, rural, and remote South West Queensland.

Dr Gary Wood
Goondir Health Services

Dr Gary Wood is a Wiradjuri and Biripi man and a GP Registrar with RVTS at Goondir Health Service in St George. I’m an ex-Paediatric registrar and entering a world of adults has been challenging… and rewarding!

Katrina Johnston
Clinic Manager, Goondir Health Services, Oakey

Katrina has worked in the health industry for over 15 years. Katrina started as an Assistant in Nursing in Aged Care, then studied to become an Aboriginal health worker and held this position for 7 years before moving into the Clinic Manager role.

Kelvin Duiker
Clinic Manager, Goondir Health Services, St George

I’ve been with Goondir Health Services (GHS) since 2008 at Toowoomba Base Hospital as the Indigenous Youth Mental Health Coordinator. I’ve been the GHS Clinic Manager at St George for nearly 5 years.

Dr Flora Rolf
Deputy Director for Southern Queensland Rural Health, Charleville

Dr Floraidh Rolf is the Deputy Director for Southern Queensland Rural Health in Charleville Queensland, as well as a rural nurse, educator, and researcher. Floraidh's background encompasses mental health, critical care, rural and remote health, and higher education.

Wendy James
Future Workforce Coordinator, HWQ

With a background in high school education, Wendy coordinates the highly successful GROW Rural Central Queensland rural immersion program, as well as Going Rural which provides nursing, midwifery and allied supports financial support to go on rural placement.

Louise Bambury
Program Coordinator, HWQ

Louise is a human resources professional with over 20 years’ experience in national and international organisations in Australia and the USA. In her current role as Program Coordinator, Western Queensland with HWQ, she provides a supportive solutions approach to rural/remote health workforce recruitment needs to primary health services in Queensland.

Carita Holden
Scholarship Program Coordinator, HWQ

Carita is the Training & Events Scholarship Program Coordinator for HWQ. Carita has been administering this program since 2019 and loves her role in providing vital support to eligible health professionals in Queensland.


Go Rural Virtually went to Mt Isa!

A big thank you to all who participated in Go Rural Virtually. We sincerely thank our presenters for giving their time to share their experience of what it's like to be a health professional in Mount Isa.

Check out our past Go Rural Virtually event below:


Stay tuned for details about our next Go Rural Virtually event.

If you’re a nursing, midwifery or allied health student needing financial support to go on rural or remote placement Going Rural can assist.