Our Staff

The NSWODGP is fortunate to have a professional team of staff who are committed to the provision of culturally responsive Primary Health Care services aimed at delivering better health outcomes to the communities we serve.  Our team also works hard to support General Practice, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and other health care providers to improve provider experience and effectiveness in delivering care to our rural and remote communities.  We have a competent, hardworking team that strives to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Tanya Jackson

General Manager

Tanya is the General Manager of the NSW Outback Division of General Practice (ODGP) and has worked for the Division and Medicare Local for more than 10 years. Tanya was born and raised in Bourke and has experience in both the not for profit health sector and in Indigenous Affairs working across the Murdi Paaki region including ATSIC, Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department and NSW Aboriginal Affairs. Tanya provides strategic advice to the Board and partner organisations, and is responsible for the overall management and compliance of the organisation including programs, membership, quality, reporting, financial, and HR.

Denise Gordon

Executive Manager of Clinical Services

I have worked as a Registered Nurse in North West NSW for 25 years, primarily in the hospital setting, but more recently in General Practice. This experience involved both clinical and nursing management positions and I understand the unique challenges we face in effecting positive change to health outcomes.

Since joining the NSWODGP in 2017, my role is to effectively manage and supervise primary care teams and programs to deliver high quality, safe, timely, coordinated and integrative primary health care.

 

David Mathews

Manager of Health Information Systems

David has worked for NSW Outback Division of General Practice and Far West Medicare Local for the past 5 years. With over 15 years’ experience in clinical systems administration David is responsible for all IT administration requirements for both ODGP and the Cobar Primary Health Care Centre along with CDMPP Team.

Liam Rice

Contract Manager

I have worked across the Far West NSW and QLD in rural and isolated communities for the last 10 years as a Project Manager and Workplace Health and Safety Supervisor managing projects ranging from $300K to $2m in value.

I have been in my current position since December 2015 where I manage and negotiate all incoming and outgoing contracts, WHS issues, Quality Accreditation and management, Purchasing and maintenance of all fleet and Building Assets.

Karnie Walford

Project officer - Maternal and Infant Health “Did Ya Know”

I have worked across the Far West in rural and isolated communities for over 30 years, assisting families with parenting, disabilities/special needs, including those with a history of family violence, drug and alcohol, mental health and child protection issues.

I have been in my current position for 6.5 years, I have a passion for Aboriginal health and enjoy my role as team leader for a dedicated team of allied health and chronic disease staff.

Heidi Kitchin

Speech Pathologist

Heidi graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2013 with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. After two and a half years of working in a different industry, Heidi began her Speech Pathology career in the Outback in 2016. Heidi visits the towns of Bourke, Brewarrina, Enngonia, Walgett and Lightning Ridge working with children to achieve their speech, language and literacy goals. She also enjoys working within local hospitals and aged care facilities to support adults with swallowing difficulties.

Heidi has a passion for helping children communicate their wants and needs and aims to assist families to access local services in rural and remote communities. Heidi loves making therapy fun and engaging for children and enjoys working with parents and families to support their little one’s communication at home.

Ianto De Vries

Podiatrist, Chronic Disease Management Program.

I graduated from the University of East London in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry.  After that, I returned to Australia and started working in the Western Sydney chronic disease program. That involved dealing with a lot of foot ulcers. I really enjoyed the team effort and the problem solving needed to get them healed, and hopefully, stayed healed.

After 4.5 years of that I got less interested in the big city life but was still very much interested in how I can help manage the impact of chronic disease on the feet. I wanted to broaden my horizons by experiencing life in rural and remote Australia. Since making the change, I have been fortunate enough to work in rural and remote communities in the NT, QLD, SA and NSW.

With the ODGP I work out of Bourke, Walgett, Lightning Ridge and Nyngan. There is a lot of need within these communities for a service that helps keep people in good foot health and mobile. It has been great getting to know the services users and engaging with them to bring about the best outcome for them. 

Kim Thompson

Clinical Admin Officer

I’ve been working for ODGP for over 3 years, and enjoy working with such an enthusiastic bunch of people.

My role includes referral intake, patient engagement, booking in visiting clinics, day to day admin duties, corporate responsibilities and managing the visitors calendar for the IACFC .

Since the start of my employment I’ve completed cert IV in Business and Administration and Allied Health Assistance which has assisted me in building relationships, resources and understanding of our organisations goals.

Laura Bate

Dietitian (APD)

After graduating from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition & Dietetics) in 2014, Laura made the move out west and has now worked in her position for over 2 and a half years. Laura services the towns of Bourke, Brewarrina, Cobar, Nyngan and Warren, running clinics out of General Practices to help people manage their chronic health conditions through food.

Laura has a passion for rural and remote health, and aims to help those who live out in ‘the bush’ to live healthier lives. As a Dietitian, Laura’s other passion is food, and she believes that healthy balanced eating is all about moderation!

Lee Morgan

Aboriginal Health Worker (Trainee)

I have been employed by the NSW Outback Division of General Practice as an Aboriginal Health Assistant prior to a change in position as Aboriginal Health Worker (trainee).   I am eager to undergo further training and development as I have a keen interest in Health, particularly Aboriginal Health and the effects it has on the local and surrounding communities.  As a local, born and raised here, I see firsthand the issues that affect local Aboriginal people from this region so I have a passion to help bridge with Aboriginals in the healthcare system.Hh

Olivia Hicks

Speech Pathologist (Certified Practicing)

Olivia graduated from Flinders University in South Australia with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology in 2016. Olivia has a passion for providing services to rural and remote communities, and currently visits the towns of Cobar, Bourke, Enngonia, Brewarrina and Lightning Ridge.

Olivia enjoys her role as a ‘rural generalist’ speech pathologist, working with people across the lifespan to support their communication and swallowing. Olivia has a particular passion for working with little ones to support their transition to school as well as working with adults with acquired brain injuries and their families to support their participation at home and in the community. Olivia enjoys making therapy fun and meaningful for the people she works with.

Sophie Martin

Dietitian (APD)
 

Sophie graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics in 2017. She joined ODGP in 2018 to pursue her passion in rural and remote health, and services the towns of Lightning Ridge, Walgett, Collarenebri, Coonamble, Baradine, and Gulargambone.

Sophie enjoys helping clients to reach their personalized goals and to lead healthier lives through making healthy balanced food choices.

LAURA GORDON

Clinical Administration Support Officer

I have worked for Outback Division and Far West Medicare Local for over 3 years now, working with such an Amazing and Supportive Team.

My Role includes: of  General Day to Day Admin Duties, Support to the Allied Health Staff, Referral Intake, Booking of Clinics and Assisting in the CDMPP program.

Dimity Norton

Occupational Therapist

Dimity graduated from the University of Western Sydney in 2016, with a Bachelor of Health Science/Masters of Occupational Therapy. Dimity visits the towns of Lightning Ridge, Walgett, Collarenebri and Goodooga and has a passion for working with children and their families. Dimity’s role as an occupational therapist involves assisting children with self-regulation strategies, fine and gross motor skills and engaging in tasks that they or their families find meaningful. Dimity loves keeping children participating and working towards their goals and milestones as children, which is shown through her fun and enthusiastic nature with kids.  

Simon Bourne

Podiatrist

I graduated from University of Newcastle on the Central Coast in 2013. I've had jobs in both private practices and public clinics, including a position with the High Risk Foot Clinic run out of Gosford Hospital. This role was focused on diabetic foot wounds, and it's an area I continue to have a strong interest in.

Having had a rural upbringing originally, it's great to get out of the big smoke regularly and get some country air and culture into me. I'm revelling in the contrast and variety of work available to me at Cobar Primary Health Care Clinic. I see patients at Cobar both privately and under the publicly funded "Chronic Disease" and "Enhanced Primary Care" programs.

Debbie Reed

Allied Health & Program Support Officer

 

After several years of working in general practice, including management, I joined the ODGP as Allied Health & Program Support Officer in 2018.

In addition to general corporate support, my responsibilities include intake and management of Allied Health referrals, creating and maintaining client files, scheduling clinics and client appointment bookings and maintaining waiting lists in liaison with the Allied Health clinicians. I also provide assistance with financial matters.As a local to Bourke, I understand both the advantages and challenges of living and working in a rural setting. I very much enjoy working with the ODGP team and am proud to work for an organisation which aims to improve the health outcomes of the communities we serve.