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John is a Remote Area Nurse liv­ing and work­ing in the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry. He began his work­ing life as a farmer, shear­er, fenc­ing con­trac­tor and grain han­dler before attend­ing the Uni­ver­si­ty of South Aus­tralia and com­menc­ing a career in nurs­ing. After two years as a ward nurse and sev­en years as an emer­gency nurse in a major trau­ma cen­tre, John moved to the bush in 2003

Since grad­u­a­tion he has attained a Grad­u­ate Cer­tifi­cate in Emer­gency Nurs­ing, a Mas­ters Degree in Remote Health Prac­tice (Nurse Prac­ti­tion­er), and a Mas­ters Degree in Remote Health Man­age­ment, while work­ing in a vari­ety of remote and very remote settings. 

His cur­rent work­place is Ten­nant Creek Hos­pi­tal where he is Clin­i­cal Nurse Con­sul­tant for the Emer­gency Depart­ment but sec­ond­ed to the role of Clin­i­cal Nurse Edu­ca­tor for the Hos­pi­tal. He enjoys being involved in clin­i­cal edu­ca­tion includ­ing sim­u­la­tion, hav­ing gained endorse­ment as a BLS and ALS instruc­tor and com­plet­ed sim­u­la­tion train­ing and a Cer­tifi­cate IV in Train­ing and Education.

John is a Fel­low of CRANAplus, a Fel­low of the Col­lege of Emer­gency Nurs­ing Aus­trala­sia, a grad­u­ate of the Aus­tralian Rur­al Lead­er­ship Pro­gram (Course 16), Trea­sur­er of the Cen­tral Aus­tralian Rur­al Prac­ti­tion­ers Asso­ci­a­tion and a mem­ber of the Aus­tralian Col­lege of Nurs­ing since 1991. He was instru­men­tal in cre­at­ing the South Aus­tralian Emer­gency Nurs­es Asso­ci­a­tion in 1997 and the Col­lege of Emer­gency Nurs­ing Aus­trala­sia in 2000, then joined the CRANAplus Board in 2005. In 2008, John took on and suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed draft­ing the new con­sti­tu­tion that changed CRANA into CRANAplus. 

In his​‘spare time’, John is the main car­er for his dis­abled wife Ani­ta and his father-in-law, he vol­un­teers as a facil­i­ta­tor for the CRANAplus REC and ALS pro­grams, and he is a men­tor in CRANAplus’ Men­tor­ing Pro­gram. He is also a reg­is­tered vol­un­teer with the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry Emer­gency Ser­vice, hav­ing com­plet­ed qual­i­fi­ca­tions in search and res­cue, and field trau­ma care. He is cur­rent­ly the Unit Offi­cer for the Ten­nant Creek Vol­un­teer Unit.