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Your AMSA Rural Health team!

Jacoba Van Wees

Jacoba grew up in the Gippsland region of rural Victoria. She is a second year postgraduate at Monash University, and will be spending 2018 in the town of Warragul. Jacoba’s enthusiasm for rural health stems from her rural upbringing, her experience as a rural medical student in 2017, and a strong belief in equitable healthcare for all. As a Member Without Portfolio, she hopes to improve the resources and support available for rural medical students, and advocate for better opportunities for those passionate about rural health. Jacoba’s interests include travelling, cooking, binge-watching Netflix, and sloths.

Imogen Hines

Imogen hails from Sydney but has recently moved to the beautiful Riverina town of Wagga Wagga in NSW to complete her clinical years. Her passion for rural health stems from her love of the country and her belief that your postcode shouldn't determine your health. Imogen joined AMSA Rural in 2018 because rather than complain, she wanted to be proactively involved in improving the situation and looks forward to building on this in 2019 as the Vice Chair. In her spare time Imogen enjoys riding her track bike, eating cheese and has recently taken up baking

Sarah Clark

Jess comes from Toronto, Canada which is on the other side of the world! She is currently in her fourth year at UniMelb. Jess loves rural health because working in rural health allows one to be part of the community. Jess is the Secretary for AMSA Rural Health this year! She was the Publications Officer last year and made the rural health magazine FRONTIER. Her hobbies include reading while enjoying some nice hot chocolate.

Jessica Paynter


Brigid King
Events Officer 

Alice lives in Melbourne, and is currently in her second year of study at the University of Melbourne, based at the Ballarat regional campus. Her passion for rural health stems from her early childhood growing up in central Queensland, a love for the laidback lifestyle, and a desire to make a difference in places that need it. In 2018, Alice is the Events (Internal) member on the committee, and hopes to dispel many of the rumours about rural practise, while also raising awareness for the unique issues that rural communities face. In her spare time, Alice enjoys brunch, online shopping and spending time with her friends and family.

Elli Izrailov
Publications Officer


Dayna Duncan
Promotions Officer

Dayna grew up in the small South Australian farming community of Arno Bay, and is excited to be moving to Albury, NSW for her third year of medicine with UNSW in 2018. Dayna's passion for rural health stems from a family involvement in country community medicine, and an appreciation for the opportunities brought about by growing up rurally. After being a member of the RHS17 team, Dayna is excited to work with Jordan to take RHS18 to the next level by upskilling and inspiring future rural practitioners. She enjoys spending her free time swimming and volunteering with organisations such as St John Ambulance. 

Danial Mahon
Rural Health Summit Convenor


Keegan Coomer
Rural Health Summit Convenor


Shannon Gao
Member Without Portfolio

Shannon is in her fourth year of study at Monash University. Growing up in the big bustling town of Sydney, she never truly felt a connection to her community until she understood her first year-long placement in the tiny town of Mildura - a place that accepted and welcomed her without hesitation. Witnessing firsthand the healthcare disparities between rural and metropolitan hospitals, and the issues prevalent in rural communities that arise due to a lack of resources, her passion for rural health has increased exponentially. As a Member Without Portfolio, Shannon hopes to advocate and promote the benefits of practicing rural medicine and raise awareness about the unique challenges in rural healthcare. Shannon is currently based in Bendigo, and in her free time enjoys cooking, baking and a good coffee.

Andrew Baker
Member Without Portfolio

Andrew hails from the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, and is in 5th year at The University of Adelaide. He has a passion for rural medicine, particularly for improving access to specialist care for Australians outside metropolitan centres. Growing up in a town with rapidly increasing access to specialist care showed Andrew how much this benefitted the community, and made him want to make a difference in this area. Andrew is a keen cyclist, which allows him to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and get into the calmer surrounds of the Adelaide Hills. Music is his other passion, playing in various jazz groups in Adelaide and back home in rural New South Wales.


Katie Blunt
Member Without Portfolio

Katie is a final year medical student at Monash University and member of the Extended Rural Cohort. Despite growing up in metropolitan Melbourne and in California, her two years of clinical placement in north-western Victoria has instilled in her a love of rural lifestyle and a passion for rural health. She aspires to harness the 'power of privilege' that she feels is inherent in our future roles as health practitioners to improve the health outcomes of patients in rural settings. She also hopes to develop the understanding of her metropolitan-based colleagues about the career and lifestyle opportunities available in rural Australia. She also has a budding interest in Women's Health. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising and reading and works part-time as a pool lifeguard.


Illie Hewitt
Member Without Portfolio