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Deputy Chair of the CRANAplus Board of Directors
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.