RAHC appoints new Clinical Manager
Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) has appointed Elly (Helena) Fontes as the organisation’s new Clinical Manager. Ms Fontes has stepped into the role following the departure of Fiona Wake late last year to take up a new role within the Northern Territory Department of Health.
Ms Fontes is well-known to the RAHC team and health professionals on placement having previously held numerous roles within RAHC including Remote Educator, delivering Clinical Orientation, reviewing eLearning modules and representing RAHC at various conferences.
Ms Fontes is a highly regarded Remote Area Nurse (RAN) with a wide range of experience such as working as a flight nurse and as a Health Centre Manager as well as holding a Masters degree in Public Health. She also volunteers as a clinical educator/facilitator for CRANAplus providing emergency skills to remote area nurses and facilitates the Advanced/Paediatric Life Support courses (APLS/PLS) as she holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Elly to the RAHC team and look forward to her valued contribution working to close the gap in Indigenous health outcomes. Elly brings to RAHC an extensive clinical background in critical care, emergency and remote area nursing and midwifery”, says Mr Philip Roberts, RAHC General Manager.
Ms Fontes will lead the Clinical Team in delivering effective clinical support to the health professionals coming to the Northern Territory to undertake remote health placements. She will be involved in the continued development, expansion and improvement of the quality of clinical services as well as developing positive relationships with the health professionals, health services and stakeholders with the overall goal of continuous improvement of the program.
Since 2008, RAHC has completed over 3,779 placements into remote communities in the Northern Territory, who collectively have provided the equivalent of 337 years of service. RAHC was recently re-funded by the Federal Government for a further three years.