nhulundu health services

staff-divOUR STAFF


Carly Cooke – General Manager 

Carly is a proud Aboriginal and South Sea Islander woman from the Bailai people in Gladstone.  Prior to commencing employment at NHS, she spent 6 ½ years with the Department of Child Safety before taking leave to work as a Child Safety Advisor for the Recognised Entity program. After the completion of this program she was appointed to the role of Regional Tobacco & Healthy Lifestyle Coordinator. In this role she co-ordinates a team of Healthy Lifestyle Workers and Tobacco Actions Workers to carry out health promotion events and programs to raise awareness of the risk factors associated with chronic disease commonly seen in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

After an internal restructuring of management at NHS, Carly accepted the role of Health Programs Manager which sees her with the overall responsibility and management of the  Aged Care, HACC and Indigenous Community Links Programs. She is currently acting General Manager Health Services Operations.

Carly holds the following qualifications: Diploma of Arts, Diploma of Population Health, Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Certificate IV in Community Services Advocacy, Certificates IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Child Protection), (Family Support), (Residential and Out of Home Care), and Certificate III in Business Administration.

Carly enjoys the challenge of her role at Nhulundu Health Service and relishes the opportunity to assist her people and the community.


Leisa Fraser -  Social Services Manager



Jordanna Ghee – Administration Officer

Jordanna is a proud Torres Strait and South Sea Islander.

In her spare time  she enjoys spending time with my family and friends. Jordanna has been working at Nhulundu for 8 months as a Business Services Trainee in this job role she is  completing a Certificate III in Business, also on the job skills such as HR and administration.

Before Nhulundu, Jordanna completed year 12 at Toolooa State High School with a part time job at Clinton Food works.

Jordanna holds a Certificate I and II in Engineering and also Certificate I in Automotive.


Jacob Tranby – Resource Officer

Jacob comes from a big family so he’s learnt to be really loud! Jacob loves making people laugh and doesn’t care if it makes him look silly if it means everyone is entertained.

Jacob had previously been working at Nhulundu as a Tobacco Action Trainee. Jacob now carries out the role of Resource Officer, working across all Programmes.


Medical Clinic


Jenny Kerr – A/Clinical Practice Manager

Jenny has been with Nhulundu since 2006.  Had a short break for a year or 2 and now back assisting with development of the primary health care services and aligning and strengthening the chronic disease program.

Have many years experience as a registered nurse/midwife, and have been in general practice setting since commenced with Nhulundu in 2006.

Helping people to achieve optimal health through their daily lives and preventing onset or progression of chronic disease has always been a passion, and the reason I first became nurse.

Working with a very dynamic team who have the welfare and health outcomes of their community at the forefront of their minds is very rewarding.


Dr Claudia Collins – General Practitioner – FACRRM

Doctor Claudia graduated from James Cook University Medical School in Townsville with an undergraduate degree MBBS in 2008.

 She has undertaken her entire post-graduate training in central Queensland, having worked extensively at Rockhampton Hospital, as well as in Longreach as a Rural Generalist-Obstetrician. She has spent time working at Gladstone Base Hospital as a Senior Medical Officer in Obstetrics and built a rapport with their Maternity Service to try and improve the relationship between Nhulundu and the Maternity Unit and in turn work towards improving Indigenous “Mums and Bubs” health outcomes.

 Doctor Claudia has a special interest in Women’s and Children’s Health, particularly antenatal and post-natal care for mums and bubs. Her own personal motto for the care she provides is “Strong Mums, Healthy Bubs”.

She is also passionate about working within the Indigenous Health sector, and has been with Nhulundu for the past 3 years. She is a member of the Statewide Lead Clinician’s Group formed by QAIHC to improve Indigenous Health service provision and Indigenous Health outcomes in Queensland


Dr SM Anisuzzaman (Dr Anis) - General Practitioner

Doctor Anis is married and a father of two sons (6years old and 18 months old). .

Out side of work he enjoys spending time with the family, watching cricket and gardening

Doctor Anis graduated from Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh with MBBS. Post graduate  training in medicine and cardiology in BSM Medical University, DHAKA and National Heart Foundation hospital. Also residency training in emergency training in King Fahad Medical City Hospital KSA. Doctor Anis has worked in emergency and medicine department at Rockhampton Base Hospital while completing AMC examinations and relevant notations in different sub – specialities

He is currently working towards a fellowship with RACGP and also studying masters in Skin Cancer medicine with university of Queensland (UQ) and diploma in Child Health with University of Sydney. With a special Interest in Chronic disease management and general medicine.


Lexie Jarrett – Community Health Worker


Donna Dwyer – Clinic Nurse




Mary-Anne Coolwell – Aboriginal Health Worker Trainee



 Shayla Cartwright – Medical Receptionist Trainee 

Shayla is a proud Aboriginal woman from the Kalkadoon people in Mount Isa, she moved to Gladstone with her family in 2007.

Shayla is currently undertaking a Certificate III in Business Administration (Medical), while working at the front counter in reception along side Tori and Emily. Shayla has previously worked in other reception roles for WorkPac and GMG Group before commencing her employment at Nhulundu in September 2015.

While attending school Shayla undertook a Traineeship with Commonwealth Bank completing a Cert II in Business. In Shayla’s spare time she enjoys doing various activities such as camping, fishing and spending time with family and friends. Shayla is content in her role and is excited to further her knowledge and experience here at Nhulundu.


Raewyn Hahn – Transport Officer

Raewyns job entails transporting Nhulundu Health Service clients to and from the medical centre, to the hospital plus the delivery of any required scripts. She maintains regular vehicle servicing, valets and registration.

Before Nhulundu she was a support working at Nhulundu in aged are, plus earlier years, she has gained invaluable experience working with people with disabilities and persons with acquired brain injuries for a brain rehabilitation centre. She was also a telephone counselor volunteer at life line.

Raewyns qualifications are Certificate III in Home and Community Care, Lifeline Telephone Counseling, Freelance Journalist, Remedial Massage, Certificate in Mental Health First Aid and a current Certificate in First Aid and CPR


Tackling Indigenous Smoking

Loyde Johnson – Deadly Choices Programme Coordinator

Loyde is an Aboriginal man from the Gooreng Gooreng people. He has strong traditional ties to the region.This gives him a great sense of pride and passion in the beautiful country in which he lives and works on.

His role is to educate community members across the Wide Bay region about the negative impacts of tobacco and the related chronic diseases. As part of his role he helps support people to give up smoking tobacco and encourage them to live a healthier lifestyle. He does this through community programs and health promotion.

In his spare time, Loyde enjoys playing local rugby league and spending time with his wife and family.


Ennalise Tanna – Deadly Choices Tobacco Officer

Ennalise is very proud Gooreng Gooreng and Bunda woman on her mother’s side and very proud  South Sea Islander heritage from her father’s side.

 Her role as the Deadly Choices Tobacco Officer allows her to spread the message to the community about the importance of living a healthier lifestyle and help educate around the harms of smoking. Ennalise is passionate about making better outcomes for the health and wellbeing of my people and knowing she is going out into the community, delivering programs and helping to promote better health.

 Ennalise has been in this role for 3 years and have completed her Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health and near completion of  Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health.

 In her spare time she loves spending as much quality time as she can with her beautiful daughter and being a role model for her, as well as spending time with her family and friends too.


Kearny Pholi – Deadly Choices Tobacco Officer

In Kearnys free time she likes to play soccer and watch crime shows, she is addicted to crime shows! Kearny loves just hanging out with family and friends

Kearny has been working at Nhulundu Health Service for over a year now.  She started as a receptionist and undertook a Cert III in Business Administration and then a Cert III in Business Administration/Medical which only took her about 6 months. There was an opportunity in the Healthy Lifestyle Team and she was offered a position as a trainee.

In Kearnys job we help our community, across the whole of Central Queensland, learn about healthy living, making Deadly Choices. They show them how they can pass this onto family members and friends; sharing the importance of how making good choices around healthy eating, doing regular exercise will mean a long and healthier life.

Kearny loves coming to work because she is so lucky to work with such beautiful people in this work place. She loves meeting new clients, getting to know them and having a yarn with them when they come in. Whether they’re here to see our wonderful clinic staff, doctor’s, nurses, health workers or the aged care team here at Nhulundu it’s great to be able to say hello and see how they’re going.


Tyson Whaleboat - Deadly Choices Tobacco Officer


Shelley Cook – Deadly Choices Tobacco Officer

Shelley is a proud Bailai woman, Aboriginal and South Sea Islander.

In her  time off she loves to be with family, friends, and her two bull terriers, Milly and Boss. She also enjoys spending time outdoors camping, fishing and swimming both fresh water and at the beach.

Shelley  started working at Nhulundu in 2011 as an Aboriginal Health Worker Trainee in the clinic section of the organisation and while there she completed a Cert III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care.  Shelley is now working with the Regional Tackling Tobacco and Healthy Lifestyle team as a Tobacco Action worker and currently studying for a Cert IV in Population Health.
Shelleys job is to educate our community of the impact smoking and tobacco has and to encourage our community to make Deadly Choices for their lifestyle. She gets to deliver interactive fun programs that help them to make educated decisions about their lifestyle that has the potential to mean they live longer.

The best thing about her job is working in with the community in our region. Most of the time they build genuine friendships with the people that they meet through the programs.


Kirrie Machen – Deadly Choices Tobacco Officer

As a mum, 90% of Kirries ‘free time’ is taken up playing racing cars, dragons, and pirates with  her 4 year old son Wayde.
Kirrie has  been working at Nhulundu for almost 3 years, before that she worked in retail and Diesel Fitting.
Kirries job as a Tobacco Action Worker is to educate and support our community around the harms of tobacco use and support those who want to give up the smoking.

There are lots of things Kirrie likes about her job. She like that it takes her to new place where she gets to meet new faces. Shes built a stronger bond with my community and gets the opportunity to help families make healthy changes to their life’s. She loves that her job gives her the chance to give something back to the community.


Home and Community Care/Aged Care

Joanne Kersey – Aged Care Services Coordinator

Jo’s main role is involved in the care and coordination of the delivery of client services.

Before commencing her role with Nhulundu Helath Service, Jo worked in such diverse positions as that of customer relations with Qantaslink, Avis and Hertz Rent A Car. She has also owned and operated her own business.

Jo has completed her TAA Certificate, Certificates 3  and 4 in Aged Care, and Certificate 4 in Ageing and Disability.


Sharon Ward – Transport Officer

Sharon Ward is the  Aged Care Transport Officer at Nhulundu Health Service maintaining the fleet of Aged Care cars and buses .

As transport officer, Sharon is involved in not only transporting clients and picking them up for their appointments, but also ensuring that our clients arrive and return safely.

Sharon recently completed her Certificate 3 in Aged Care



 Amanda O’Driscoll – RN/Assessor Aged Care


Kerri Marlin – Aged Care Support Worker

Kerri’s role as an Aged Care Support Worker involves assisting and caring for clients within their own home environment, providing their care needs and ensuring that they can continue with their activities of daily living. Before coming to NHS, Kerri worked in an Aged Care facility.  She holds a Certificate III in Community Services (Aged Care), Certificate IV in Home and Community Care and a First Aid Certificate.



Cheryl Warry – Aged Care Support Worker

Cheryl has spent 13 years working as a Cleaner and Aged Care support worker at Nhulundu. For Cheryl, the best part of her job is the wonderful people she gets to meet from many different cultures and she loves to chat with her clients and enjoys their take on life.

Cheryl sees each and every one of her clients as being unique and precious. She has a First Aid certificate and a Certificate 3 in Home and Community Care.



Linda O’Hagan – Aged Care Support Worker

Linda has been an Aged Care support worker for the past 4 ½ years at Nhulundu Health Service. She takes a great deal of satisfaction from knowing that just by providing a small amount of companionship she can make her clients days so much brighter. Linda loves listening to the older clients’ stories and always manages to have a good laugh with them. She holds a First Aid certificate and a Certificate 3 in Home and Community Care.



Jodene Yow Yeh – Aged Care Support Worker

Joden Yow Yeh comes to her role from positions as a canteen assistant at NRG and TAFE. She holds Certificates in Food Safety and Retail as well as Traffic Control as well as having completed her General Construction Safety Induction.

Jodene enjoys her role working with the Aged Care clients and her role includes taking them shopping, cleaning and tidying their home and assisting with HACC.


Lynette Ghee – Aged Care Support Worker

Lynette Ghee is a Home and Community Care Support Worker. Lynette has a Torres Strait and South Sea Islander background and has been working for HACC for the past 5½ years.


 Kaylene Chapman- Aged Care Support Worker


Dani Blows – Aged Care Support Worker


Sharon Law – Aged Care Support Worker


Nikita Cowley – Aged Care Support Worker


Pauline Delioglanis – Aged Care Support Worker