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

Operations Manager

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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Dr Flora Rolf, PhD

Deputy Director (South West)

Dr Flora Rolf, PhD

A proud Charleville resident, Flora comes from a Nursing background with expertise in critical care, mental health and remote area nursing. Flora has worked extensively in developing countries, and is passionate about improving health for Indigenous, rural and remote communities. She believes high quality, interprofessional learning for health students grounded in social justice and ethical practice will foster empowerment and contribute to good health and wellness in the bush.

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Dr Genevieve Baratiny, PhD

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.


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Nicole Murray

Program Lead - Health and Wellness Centre

Nicole Murray

Nicole is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with extensive clinical experience across regional, tertiary and community health services. Alongside her clinical practice, she has held leadership positions at the local and statewide level in Clinical Education and Training and holds a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education from The University of Melbourne.

Nicole’s position as Program Lead for the Health and Wellness Centre is uniquely placed to support high quality regional and rural student placements across health disciplines whilst establishing diverse services to improve the health and wellbeing of the Darling Downs community. She believes that allowing students to lead the delivery of these interprofessional services is the key to producing a work-ready rural health workforce that is able to meet the complex needs of consumers.

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