Our People

Senior Leadership Team

The Senior Leadership Team members bring together extensive skills and experience to develop the strategic direction for SQRH.

Associate Professor Geoff Argus

Director

Associate Professor Geoff Argus

Geoff is the inaugural Director of Southern Queensland Rural Health. A Clinical Psychologist by professional background he is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Queensland and adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology with the University of Southern Queensland. Based in Toowoomba, Geoff has worked in regional and rural health and community care for over two decades and has a deep knowledge of both the challenges and opportunities in delivering quality health care in rural Australia.

Geoff is a Board Director with the Australian Rural Health Education Network which represents the 16 Australian University Departments of Rural Health. He also a Board Director with the National Rural Health Alliance, a rural health peak body with a membership of 44 national organisations representing health consumers, health care professionals, service providers, health educators, students and the Indigenous health sector.

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Clare Schonfeld

Senior Manager - Operations

Clare Schonfeld

Clare joined SQRH in early 2020 and comes with extensive experience from working within the higher education sector for over eight years. Clare has a strong background in strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, project management, marketing, analytics and developing initiatives to improve retention and quality of learning and teaching for students. Clare holds a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and is a committee member of the Institute of Manager and Leaders Australia and New Zealand (IML ANZ).

As Operations Manager for SQRH, Clare's portfolio includes oversight of Finance, Facility Management, Office Administration, Clinic Administration, Student Accommodation, Student Support, Marketing, Media and Communications.

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Nicola Cotter

Deputy Director (Darling Downs)

Nicola Cotter

Nicola’s background as a Physiotherapist in rural and regional areas has developed her passion for improving health outcomes.

She has always thrived on the challenge of working within a multidisciplinary team and sees Interprofessional education as the key to furthering both the current and future workforce’s ability to meet the ever evolving consumer population.

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Tracey Walsh

Deputy Director (South West)

Tracey Walsh

Tracey has come from a Nursing background in critical care with extensive experience in both regional, rural and remote nursing as well as volunteer work overseas.

She is now a resident in Charleville and is passionate about establishing long-term relationships within the communities. She believes that facilitating an exceptional learning experience for all students will enable them to develop and maintain valuable skills and interprofessional learning outcomes for Indigenous health and rural communities into the future

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