OUR TEAM

We are a group of experienced doctors, local health workers and Aboriginal leaders who have been working alongside communities for decades on rheumatic heart disease. We are delivering the Deadly Heart Trek together with the Project Team which includes a mix of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and in consultation with communities.  Many within the project team have been working together for years.

Community Engagement and Cultural Advisors

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Vicki Wade

Director, RHDAustralia

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Geoffrey ‘Jacko’ Angeles

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Engagement Officer

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Noeletta McKenzie

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Engagement Officer – NT Trek

The Senior Paediatric Cardiologists leading the delivery teams:

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Dr Bo Remenyi

NT lead & National co-lead

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Dr Rob Justo

QLD lead & National co-lead

Ben Reeves

Dr Ben Reeves

QLD
Dr. Josh Francis

Dr Josh Francis

NT

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Dr Gavin Wheaton

Central / SA lead

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Dr James (Jim) Ramsay

WA lead

The Steering Committee

  •    Dr Bo Remenyi – Paediatric Cardiologist, Northern Territory
  •    Dr Rob Justo – Paediatric Cardiologist, Queensland 
  •    Georgina Byron (Chair)- The Snow Foundation 
  •    Vicki Wade – RHDAustralia, Aboriginal Cultural Advisor
  •    Karen Iles – VioletCo, Aboriginal social justice lawyer advisor

The Project Team 

Includes a mix of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people:

  •    All cardiologists listed above
  •   Vicki Wade – RHDAustralia, First Nations Cultural Advisor
  •   Geoffrey ‘Jacko’ Angeles – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Community Engagement Officer (QLD Trek)
  •   Noeletta McKenzie – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Engagement Officer (NT Pilot Trek)
  •    Georgina Byron (Chair) and team – The Snow Foundation, project management, resourcing, communications, PR
  •    Karen Iles – VioletCo, Aboriginal social justice lawyer advisor, risk mitigation
  •    Mike Hill – Take Heart team – assisting the local story-telling
  •    Catherine Halkon – RHDAustralia (NT Pilot Trek)
  •    Melissa Van Leeuwen – Clinical Nurse Specialist – NT Government 
  •    Casey Dean –  Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Services 
  •    Separate to this core project team, there is a number of people and organisations, Land Councils, AMS’s, peak affiliates who are supporting the Trek

QLD Delivery Team – September 2022

  •   Dr Ben Reeves – Cardiologist
  •   Dr Rob Justo – Cardiologist
  •   Dr Bo Remenyi – Cardiologist
  •   Dr Gavin Wheaton – Cardiologist
  •   Erin Ferguson – Paediatric Rheumatic Heart Disease CNC – Cairns Hospital
  •   Dr Erica West – Gidgee Healing
  •  Kylee Gibbons – Clinical Nurse – Queensland Children’s Hospital 
  •  Carl Francia – First Nations patient coordination – Prince Charles Hospital 
  •  Tania Cahill – RHD QLD Register and Control Program 
  • Amy Richer – RHD QLD Register and Control Program
  • Carolyn Burley – Sonographer – Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Services
  • Dr Rosh Samuel – Paediatric Cardiologist – Townsville Hospital 
  • Geoffrey ‘Jacko’ Angeles – First Nations Community Engagement Officer (QLD Trek)
  • Georgina Byron – The Snow Foundation