The Remote Area Health Corps has offices in Canberra, Darwin and Alice Springs. Meet our Team below:

Tess McGuigan - Acting National Manager and Operations Manager

Tess McGuigan - RAHC Regional Coordinator
Our Acting National Manager and Operations Manager is Tess McGuigan. Tess is based in our Darwin office managing the Travel and Logistics team whilst providing logistical support to all health professionals completing a placement with RAHC.

With a background in marketing and logistics, Tess brings a range of experiences with a strong focus on operations and customer service. She delivers a well-managed and considerate journey for all health professionals coming to the Northern Territory. During her spare time, Tess loves to indulge in her passion for cooking and yoga.  

Emma Thomas - Clinical Manager 


Emma is the RAHC Clinical Manager based in the Darwin head office. She is responsible for the RAHC clinical team, credentialling, the Remote Educator support programme and clinical education. Additionally, she provides clinical support to all Health Professionals (HPs) undertaking a community placement with RAHC. 

Emma is a highly-experienced Registered Nurse and midwife, bringing extensive clinical knowledge to the role. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work in remote communities and Hospital settings across Australia. As a passionate advocate for remote health, Emma is excited to be supporting others on placement.

Emma has strong family values and enjoys spending time on Country and in Community. She loves an adventure, meeting new people and seeing new places. 

Jennine Lavender - Lead Clinical Coordinator

Jennine Lavender - RAHC Clinical Coordinator, RAWR Programme
Jennine Lavendar is the Lead Clinical Coordinator who is based in WA. She has provided 40 plus years of care working as a Registered Nurse predominantly in rural and remote locations all around Australia which include some of our island communities.    
As the Clinical Coordinator, Jennine is currently responsible for clinically supporting all the Health Professional who are undertaking a RAWR placement which falls outside of the NT. In particular, Jennine enjoys working, mentoring and guiding health professionals into a remote practice. 
During her spare time, Jennine as a keen interest in photography, which has become a skill well utilised in many of the more beautiful she has had the opportunity to work or visit. Other hobbies of Jennine's include golf, hiking, snorkelling and travelling to new destinations both home in Australia and overseas.

Leila Soares -  Regional Coordinator, Top End

Leila Soares - RAHC Regional Coordinator Top End - Team Bio Headshot

Leila Soares is our Regional Coordinator for the Top End and will be the primary point of contact for all Health Professionals (HPs) undertaking placements in this region. 

Leila has significant experience working with the remote communities of the Northern Territory. In previous roles, she was responsible for arranging travel and logistics services across many regions including Arnhem Land, Tiwi Islands and Daly River. Leila prides herself on having familiarity with the rules and regulations related to community travel and providing exceptional customer service to frequent and first-time travellers to community, including HPs and Remote Educators.

Based in our Head Office in Darwin, Leila is focused on ensuring HPs have a positive placement experience and have access to 24/7 support if needed. 

In her spare time, Leila loves to cook, play sports and enjoys spending time with her family. 

Elizabeth Sabino -  Regional Coordinator, RAWR Programme

Elizabeth Sabino - RAHC Regional Coordinator, RAWR Programme - Team Bio Headshot

Elizabeth Sabino is RAHC’s new Regional Coordinator for the Top End with the RAWR programme. Based in the Darwin office, she will be the primary contact for all Health Professionals (HPs) with the RAWR programme undertaking placements in this region. In addition, Liz is responsible for organising travel for HPs to and from their placements, working to ensure a safe and seamless journey to deliver a positive placement experience.

Elizabeth is a Northern Territory local and has spent much of her career working in community services and as a legal secretary in Darwin. Previously, she worked for Territory Families as an Aboriginal Community Worker. Liz has also worked with Save the Children as a caseworker and the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency as a legal secretary. She has completed two years of a Batchelor of Social Work degree and two years of Batchelor of Law.

Liz enjoys spending time with family and friends in her spare time, camping, finishing and playing sport. 

Karl Chandler - Regional Coordinator, Central Australia and Barkly

Karl Chandler - RAHC Regional Coordinator for Central Australia and Barkly

Karl Chandler is our Regional Coordinator for Central Australia and Barkly.

He brings vast experience to the role with a background in transport and logistics. Karl will be the primary point of contact for all Health Professional undertaking placements in this region.

Karl has lived in the Northern Territory for over 28 years. During this time, he has been working and living in remote parts of the Territory acquiring significant experience in operational roles including training, compliance and workplace health and safety.

In his spare time, Karl loves to spend time with his family, read ancient literature and travel.  

Meg Mason - Travel and Logistics Coordinator

Meg Mason - RAHC Travel of Logistics Team Leader
Meg Mason is the Katherine-based Travel and Logistics Coordinator and is the point of contact for all Health Professionals travelling to and from placements in the Northern Territory. 
Meg has significant experience of working and living in remote and rural parts of the Territory, making her a valued addition to the RAHC team. During her spare time, especially when she is working remote, Meg loves to spend her time fishing and cooking. 

Ceah David - Administration and Credentialing Officer

Ceah David - RAHC Administration Officer - Team Bio Headshot

Ceah David is our Administration Officer, responsible for coordinating the credentialing and recredentialing applications of Health Professionals (HPs) wishing to join RAHC. She is based in the RAHC Head Office in Darwin  in the Northern Territory. 

Ceah was born and grew up in Darwin, though she originates from Mabuiag, Badu and Thursday Island in the Torres Straits. She is a proud Wuthathi woman from the Shelburne Bay area in Queensland also has Samoan heritage.  

Ceah has spent much of her early career working in the health sector, specifically in Aboriginal health, and she is currently completing her business degree at Charles Darwin University.

Ceah enjoys baking and cake decorating, playing basketball, netball and volleyball, and living the Territory lifestyle of camping and outdoor adventures. 

Kristy-Lee Owens - Placement Team Leader

Kristy-Lee Owens, RAHC Placement Team Leader

Our Placement Team Leader is Kristy-Lee Owens. She is based out of the Canberra Office to support the National Manager in driving the Placement Team to maintain consistent placement KPIs whilst ensuring the smooth delivery of health professionals going to work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Kristy has previously served as a soldier in the Australian Defence Force before moving into the private sector, where she spent over a decade focusing on medical recruitment. 

During her spare time, Kristy enjoys boating, camping and spending time with her daughters.

Luke Platten - Placement Coordinator, RAWR Programme


Luke is our Placement Coordinator for the Remote ACCHS Workforce Response (RAWR) Programme, based out of the Canberra office. He is responsible for sourcing, placing and supporting Health Professionals (HPs) in the programme.

He aims to develop and maintain long-term relationships with rural clinic services and establish a strong pool of engaged and dedicated HPs. By doing so, Luke hopes to support fellow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People by ensuring they have access to HPs. 

Luke will bring a passionate and holistic mindset to his role, with are a strong understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture. Luke enjoys coaching hockey, spending time with his children, BMX riding, and walking with his dogs in his spare time. 

Celine Berger - Placement Coordinator

Celine Berger, RAHC Placement Coordinator
Celine Berger is RAHC's Placement Coordinator based out of the Canberra office. She is responsible for RAHC Registered Nurse placements.

Celine brings wide-ranging experience to the role having previously worked in a variety of roles in social justice and human connection. Her extensive background in customer service in rural and remote communities ensures RAHC delivers a professional placement experience for all health professionals going to work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

In her spare time, Celine enjoys discovering the best cafes and exploring Australia's countryside.

Kirsti Randall - Placement Coordinator

Kirsti Randall - Placement Coordinator of Remote Area Health Corps
Kirsti Randall is the Placement Coordinator of RAHC based out of the Canberra office. She is responsible for RAWR and Registered Nurse placements. 
Having obtained her Certificate III in Travel and Hospitality, Kirsti brings considerable knowledge and experience from her previous roles in the travel and tourism sector. She has also worked for one of Australia’s leading airlines as a corporate consultant and sales support administrator before moving into retail travel as an international consultant. 
In her free time, Kirsti likes learning about different destinations and cultures around the world.

Kaitlan Forbes- Placement Coordinator


Kaitlan Forbes is one of our Placement Coordinators, responsible for Oral and Audio Health Professional placements.

In her previous position with Jobactive Services, Kaitlan developed a wide range of skills that have made her a valued member of the Placement team. She has experience in diverse caseload management, placement coordination, post-placement support and the ability to build relationships with clients and stakeholders. 

Kaitlan is excited to be supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by assisting in the provision of consistent and high-quality health services. 

Kaitlan enjoys brunches, spontaneous drives and nights out in her spare time. She also appreciates a quiet night at home to watch movies, play cards and enjoy a hot cuppa.

Norma Benger - Cultural Engagement Advisor

Norma Benger - RAHC Cultural Trainer

As a part of our support system for Health Professionals, RAHC offers Cultural Orientation Training in-house through an experienced trainer with subject-matter expertise, Norma Benger. 

Norma has impressive credentials and a wealth of knowledge and wisdom in the area of delivering cultural orientation. She is a proud Marathiel/Murinpatha woman who originates from the west Daly River Region who has worked within the healthcare sector as a Community Consultant and Cultural Educator Mentor, as well as working with the local bush court circuit as an Interpreter/coordinator.

Norma is also an established artist and weaver who regular holds exhibitions both nationally and internationally.


In Memoriam

Annette Walker
1973 to 2012

Annette Walker passed away on December 30 2012.

Annette was a valued member of the RAHC team. She joined RAHC in 2009 as a consultant and then became Placement Manager in 2010. Annette was dedicated to her work, colleagues and supporting health professionals achieve successful placements. In recent times she had been responsible for GP placements and had successfully applied her many skills to building the volume of these placements. It was a pleasure to work with her and enjoy her vivacious personality, her caring nature and commitment to getting the job done. Annette is survived by her husband and 3 beautiful boys.