Our People

Senior Leadership Team

The Senior Leadership Team members bring together extensive skills and experience to lead the activities at SQRH.

Associate Professor Geoff Argus


Associate Professor Geoff Argus [ Read Research Papers ]

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 is 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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Clara Walker

Acting Deputy Director (Darling Downs)

Clara Walker [ Read Research Papers ]

Clara has a background in public health, project management and evaluation. She is passionate about building the evidence base to support rural workforce development and improve the health of rural communities.

She joined SQRH in 2019 after working in a range of diverse roles across the not-for-profit, education and government sectors. She loves working with such dedicated and knowledgeable staff across the SQRH team.

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Christie-Anne Hunter

Deputy Director (South West)

Christie-Anne Hunter

Christie brings an extensive range of experience as a Registered Nurse and Midwife to her role as Deputy Director for South West, based in Charleville.

Christie has had the privilege of working within rural health for her entire nursing and midwifery career. Starting off as a Graduate Nurse in the northwest she soon fell in love with the red dirt, lively community, and interesting characters that you meet while working in rural and remote areas of Queensland.

Christie has gone on to gain a wide range of experience in rural health, with a strong background in emergency nursing, caseload midwifery, patient safety, clinical education, and management.

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Dayle Osborn

Health & Wellness Clinic Coordinator

Dayle Osborn [ Read Research Papers ]

Dayle has worked across both private and public sectors in Nursing, Midwifery, Management, Mental Health and Education. Dayle is a Registered Nurse, Midwife and Accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer. For the last four years, Dayle has been with SQRH as a Clinical Educator for Nursing and Mental Health Nursing and more recently as Coordinator of the SQRH Health and Wellness Clinic in Toowoomba.

Working in rural areas across Queensland for over 30 years, Dayle is passionate about rural health and creating change to support an increase in the quality and quantity of undergraduate student rural clinical placements with the aim of supporting the growth of the rural workforce.

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Nicola Cotter

Deputy Director (Darling Downs)

Nicola Cotter (Currently on Leave) [ Read Research Papers ]

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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