The Senior Leadership Team members bring together extensive skills and experience to develop the strategic direction for SQRH.
Associate Professor Geoff Argus
Geoff is a Clinical Psychologist, and a graduate of the University of Southern Queensland. He has an extensive career as a clinician and in senior leadership positions within the health and community services sector in regional Southern Queensland and is a Director of the Board for the Australian Rural Health Education Network.
Geoff received an Australia Day Achievement Award in recognition of the provision of health services to rural communities and a Queensland Health Mental Health award for leading mental health disaster recovery efforts following the 2010/2011 floods in the Lockyer Valley and Darling Downs.
Louise has an extensive background in primary healthcare, and is a graduate of the University of Queensland, achieving an Honours degree in Applied Health Science (Indigenous Primary Healthcare). She has spent over 15 years in leadership positions within the health sector across Darling Downs and South West Queensland providing strategic leadership, innovation and collaboration across rural and remote communities.
Interprofessional Practice Co-ordinator (Darling Downs)
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.
Interprofessional Practice Co-ordinator (South West)
Toni is a registered Nurse and Midwife, and has completed a Masters as a Nurse Practitioner and holds various other qualifications including RIPERN (Rural and Isolated Practice Endorsed Registered Nurse) and certificates in immunisation and x-ray. Toni has an extensive career in rural and remote healthcare and is dedicated to building a sustainable and well-educated rural health workforce.
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Genevieve Baratiny, PhD
Dr Baratiny joined UQ in 2019 and is responsible for strategic oversight of the research portfolio at SQRH. Key responsibilities include the implementation of the SQRH Research Plan, the establishment of SQRH’s research profile and fostering research collaborations with SQRH partners, the research community and with stakeholders from health services, government and industry. Her research interests are in addressing regional disparities in disease screening, prevention and management and cancer survivorship. Common to her research are underlying themes relating to equitable access to quality healthcare.
Health and Wellness Clinic Co-ordinator
Sam is an experienced Physiotherapist who has worked in both public and private health settings all around Australia and for part of his career in rural areas of the United Kingdom. Passionate about patient and client self-determination, he has spent much of his working life helping people to learn ways to address their movement issues and to maintain good health. Sam applies Interprofessional Education (IPE), collaboration and practice principles into all clinical activities within the SQRH Health and Wellness Clinic. He thoroughly enjoys seeing students build their knowledge in the clinic as well as quality health outcomes for clinic participants.