Introducing our “serial bloggers” for 2015!!

In November last year, I put out a call for a handful of health professionals to become “serial bloggers” in 2015. I was looking for a mixture of recent graduates and experienced practitioners willing to share their thoughts on what’s happening in health.

And yes, the “serial bloggers” will each be contributing a series of posts and articles in 2015.  Some will be writing articles when an awareness day that is close to their heart comes up, and some will be contributing one article per month for the whole year!!

To say I am excited about the calibre of the serial bloggers we have in 2015 is an understatement!! So how about I introduce 9 of them (and these are in no particular order – seriously – I had my graphic designer choose the order of these profile pictures at random)…..

Bloggers 1

Laurie Bickhoff
Laurie graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor or Nursing in 2012, and as the nursing student with the highest grade point average, was awarded the Prize for Nursing.  She is currently completing an honours research project on demonstrations of moral courage by undergraduate nursing students.

Laurie has given guest lectures for nursing students at the University of Newcastle and Queensland University of Technology and in 2014 launched her own blog, Defining Nursing.

Jono Freeman
Jono is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Sports Injury Consultant. He is the Director of JF Health and Performance, a multidisciplinary sports injury and functional rehabilitation clinic on the Gold Coast, QLD Australia. In the media he has published academic literature in injury prevent and is a regular contributor to Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health and Fitness, Oxygen and many national and international publications. He is also the creator of the Foam Rolling App for iPhone and iPad.

Katrina Mills
Katrina graduated from the University of Sydney in 2014 and during her degree completed clinical placements at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, the Auburn Hospital, Cumberland Mental Health and Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health. Her ethos is that a fusion of nutrition and exercise is essential for health and vitality.

Bloggers 2

Brett Aimers
Associate Professor Brett Aimers is the Chief Nurse with St John Ambulance Australia. He managed the team of volunteer nurses who provided emergency health care for victims of the Black Saturday bush fires in Victoria in 2009, and was an advisor during the Sydney siege in December 2014.

Brett holds adjunct positions with a number of universities throughout Australia, beaching on the topics of emergency management, disaster health and pre-hospital care. He has also worked in the Australian Emergency Management Institute to drive strategic direction and emergency management policy, practice and research.

Shelley Straw
Shelley is a specialist ear nurse and the principal nurse of Crystal Clear Ears, a private clinic devoted to micro-suction aural toilet. This is used for removal of earwax, foreign bodies & Otitis Externa cleaning.  Shelley established the business (the first of its kind in Australia) in early 2008 in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, based on similar clinics in New Zealand.

Shelley worked at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital for over 25 years in management positions including Unit Manager, Deputy Director Nursing, & After Hours coordinator. These roles covered policy development, risk, project & contract management, nursing human resource & financial management, and clinical pathway development amongst others.

Viet Nguyen
Viet graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of Melbourne in 2011, and has worked as a dentist in private practice since this time. He is a passionate young health professional who is always offering patients the highest quality care as he is at the forefront of cutting edge dentistry. Viet is constantly updating his knowledge in his field, with particular interests in oral surgery and orthodontics.

Viet completed his secondary schooling at Melbourne High School, achieving an ATAR of 99.70. In his spare time he enjoys travel, outdoor activities, fitness and sports.

Bloggers 3

Melanie McGrice
Melanie McGrice is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian with a Masters degree in Dietetics. Melanie specialises in weight management and was awarded the ‘excellence in dietetics’ award in 2012 for her outstanding work in this area. She is the author of ‘The Pregnancy Weight Plan’ and has co-authored several papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

An experienced media spokesperson, Melanie is regularly interviewed for television news, current affairs and lifestyle programs, as well as radio and print media. She also writes regularly for magazines and is a public speaker for corporate companies, professional organisations and schools. Melanie is passionate about educating Australians to eat well, appreciate good food and maintain a healthy lifestyle so that they can feel great and get the most out of life.

Brad Winter
Brad graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from the Queensland University of Technology in 2011. He also holds a Bachelor of Business, graduating in 2006 from Latrobe University.

Brad completed a graduate nursing year at the Royal Darwin Hospital in the Northern Territory where he worked in Oncology, Neurology and the Emergency Department. Brad returned to Brisbane in 2013 where he commenced a career in Aged Care Nursing.

Throughout his study, Brad has been interested in the education sector. In 2011 he participated in the High School Visits Program run annually by Health Workforce NT visiting schools in Katherine and Nhulunbuy in the NT. Brad also volunteered as a nurse in a small village in Nepal in his final year of his nursing degree. Currently Brad works full time as an aged care nurse in central Brisbane with his role encompassing education and staff development.

Gemma Russell
Gemma commenced a Bachelor of Science with a double-major in psychology and sport/exercise science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She went on to achieve first-class honors and completed a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, with a thesis in Forensic Psychology.

Gemma’s journey to be a Clinical Psychologist encompasses some of the more difficult aspects of the human experience. Gemma’s original passion for understanding human behavior led her to work within the New Zealand Criminal Justice System, holding a variety of roles, including Parole Officer, Corrections Prosecutor, Clinical Psychologist preparing court reports for the criminal and family court, as well as running intensive treatment programs for Violent and Sexual Offenders. Gemma relocated to Melbourne, Australia in 2011, where she took her passion for the forensics and combined it with her interest in mental health, working for the Royal Children’s Hospital in Victoria, Australia. Gemma then transitioned to Monash Health, where she provided a key role assessing mental health diagnostic conundrums for major stakeholders and providing recommendations for treatment/intervention.

In 2012, Gemma founded Clever Minds Psychology a private practice in Melbourne, Victoria, in an effort to address a gap in the area of psychological health. This clinic offers an innovative solution to accessing psychology that is timely, effective and based on what the evidence says works, rather than an airy fairy approach to change. Gemma currently supervises and mentors Masters students at Cairnmillar Institute who are pursuing the rigorous process of becoming a Psychologist.

I would like to thank each of the serial bloggers for taking on the challenge. I can’t wait to see what you guys share with us in 2015!!

Amanda – Founder My Health Career :-)

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