Meet our Health Professionals: Lynne Gruell, Dental Therapist

26 Nov 2021

RAHC works with an incredible team of General Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Dentists, Dental Therapists, Dental Assistants and Audiologists, one of whom is Dental Therapist Lynne Gruell.

“I have been working with RAHC as a Dental Therapist for eight years now and after stumbling across an article I wrote in 2016, I felt it was time to put pen to paper once again, so to speak.

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RAHC creates video for the Introduction to Remote Nursing Scope of Practice module

24 Aug 2021

When developing the Introduction to Remote Nursing Scope of Practice module, RAHC chose to work with an Aboriginal actor, Roxanne (Roxy) Mcdonald, to provide the voiceover to the animation. Roxy is a proud Aborignal woman descended from the Mandandanjii and Darambal tribes of Central Queensland.

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Learn more about chronic disease

09 Jul 2021

Chronic diseases are generally defined as conditions that last for more than a year and impact the ability to perform daily activities or require ongoing medical attention, or both (CDC, 2021).

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RAHC's new advertising campaign

02 Jul 2021

After much planning, RAHC is excited to announce the rollout of a new advertising campaign targeting urban-based Health Professionals (HPs) and encouraging them to undertake a short-term paid placement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Northern Territory. 

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RAHC has appointed Kristy-Lee Owens as our new Canberra-based Placement Team Leader

14 May 2021

Kristy has a wide breadth of experience making her ideal for the role of Placement Team Leader. She previously served as a soldier in the Australian Defence Force before moving into the private sector, where she spent over a decade focusing on recruitment for medical services.

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RAHC launches new eLearning Module - Resilience and Self-Care Out Bush

19 Apr 2021

Remote-area healthcare is highly rewarding yet highly challenging. "Self-care is the key to avoiding burnout in the bush. It is both prevention and cure", CRANAplus Bush Support Guide. To support health professionals working remote, RAHC is proud to announce the launch of its new free eLearning module - Resilience and Self-Care Out Bush. 

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RHDA launch of the 2020 Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (3rd edition).

06 Mar 2020

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are up to eight times more likely than other Australians to be hospitalised for rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.

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RAHC launches four new eLearning modules on a new online platform

08 Jan 2019

Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) has launched four new eLearning modules to further assist, educate and strengthen the transition of urban-based health professionals into remote primary healthcare. The new modules will be hosted on a new and improved eLearning platform.

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Prepare to be challenged clinically and make some unforgettable memories along the way - Anna Curtin's story

11 Mar 2018

New Zealand-born nurse Anna Curtin completed a short-term placement with RAHC and thereafter moved to work full-time with Indigenous women and children in Tennant Creek



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CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association) Radio interviews New Zealand-born nurse Anna Curtin

11 Mar 2018

“There are opportunities here that I would never get back home, both clinical and educational opportunities," says Anna Curtin.


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RN Anna Curtin is now sharing her skills full time in Tennant Creek - ANMF March 2018 feature

05 Mar 2018

Registered Nurse Anna Curtin's RAHC story featured in the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal - March 2018 issue.

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Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association, CAAMA spoke to our 5000th health professional, Dr Vikki Tselepis

18 Jan 2018

Dr Vikki Tselepis, an Audiologist from Melbourne, was interviewed by CAAMA Radio on her experience with RAHC across 17 placements in both Top End and Central communities. 

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Highlights from our 5000th Placement Event

18 Dec 2017

This video features highlights from the RAHC 5000th placement event at Parliament House, Canberra on 5 December 2017.


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CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association) Radio interviews dentist, Ken Farmer

18 Sep 2017
Ken Farmer who went to Alice Springs on a three-week RAHC placement, and three years later he is still there. He has embraced the community, played local football and says he has seen things things that most Australians will never see! 
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Victorian dentist Ken Farmer went to Alice Springs on a three-week placement and three years later he’s still there

30 Aug 2017

The 34-year-old has embraced the community, played local football and says he has seen things that most Australians will never see.

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From short-term RAHC placements to a full-time role in the NT-Dental Therapist, Natalie Bright shares her story

04 Aug 2017

Victorian dental therapist Natalie Bright is enjoying a 12-month contract with the Northern Territory Department of Health (NT DoH) after completing two three-week placements with the Australian Government-funded Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC).

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There is hope

11 Jul 2017

Dr Jill Bestic, a regular RAHC team member, shares with us a brief reflection of her experience from a recent placement in the NT.

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RAHC sends its 1,000th new-to-remote urban health professional to the NT

24 May 2017
On Tuesday 2nd May 2017, we sent our 1000th new-to-remote health professional, Ellenie Palmer, Oral Health Therapist from Newcastle, NSW into a remote Indigenous community in the Northern Territory (NT). Special thanks to Nikki Dargan from the NT Department of Health for sharing the occasion with our team in Darwin.
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There is so much more to learn and talk about – General Practitioner, Dr Bruce Barker shares his and his wife Dr Jennifer Barker’s experience

20 Mar 2017

I have been a GP for 35 years now, and for most of this time, we have been in minor centres,

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Remote Area Health Corps: A year in review 2015

14 Feb 2017

Remote Area Health Corps: A year in review

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New-to-remote health professional in the rustic and beautiful community of Galiwin’ku

17 Oct 2016

We received some wonderful pictures from one of our Senior Dental Therapists, Angela Rankin, who recently had her first placement in Galiwin'ku (Arnhem Region). “It was a fantastic experience working remote for the first time and I will be definitely doing more!” says Angela.

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Perks of working remote!

13 Oct 2016

When you join RAHC you are not only part of an effort towards improving Indigenous health in the Northern Territory, but also enjoy a change in working lifestyle from your regular urban setting.

Our RAHC health professional, Audiologist, Jana Fogarty shared some wonderful pictures that speak for themselves.

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Living in remote Indigenous communities: blog feature in APNA

01 Sep 2016

RAHC placements are unique as you are not only working in a new environment, but also immersed in a different culture.
Whether you are about to embark on your first placement or your fifteenth, something that health professionals can attest to is that no two placements are the same.

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It's the best thing that I've done in my career - Philip Stricke's story.

17 May 2016

Two years after graduating from the University of Sydney and having spent time abroad in the UK, I returned to Australia and opened my own practice in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. After eight  years, the wanderlust returned to London where I spent the next 20 years.

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Open yourself up for a rewarding experience - Lynne Gruell's story

07 Mar 2016

In 2009, I was part of a team volunteering in Vietnam as a dental therapist when one of the dental assistants told me about her work in Alice Springs. Her passion for this work was evident and she inspired me to also look to se­­­­ek work in this area upon our return.

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Dr Kate Kalloniatis shares her experience whilst on placement in the remote Indigenous communities in Northern Territory

18 Feb 2016

Growing up in Melbourne I never had any specific ambition to work in remote areas or in Indigenous health but, by one of those twists of fate, that all changed when I joined the Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) in my final year at ANU’s Medical School in Canberra.

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