Our people

Associate Professor Michael Nowotny

Director

Associate Professor Michael Nowotny, Director of the Gippsland Regional Training HubAssociate Professor Michael Nowotny is the Director of the Gippsland Regional Training Hub and is passionate about creating training pathways in rural Victoria for junior doctors. Michael works as a paediatrician at the West Gippsland Healthcare Group (WGHG) in Warragul, where he has cared for children and their families in the community since 1997,  and is currently the Clinical Lead and a Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) accredited basic and advanced training supervisor.

Working with Monash University, where he undertook his own medical training, enables Michael to help create opportunities for future doctors. He is a passionate advocate for training and living rurally and keen to share his own experiences with current medical students and junior doctors.

Michael has played an integral role in setting up the new paediatric training pathway in Gippsland including being appointed as the Rural Director Victorian Basic Paediatric Training Consortium with the Victorian Department of Human and Health Services. Michael is also a member of the selection panel for entry into Paediatric training and Co-chair of the Victorian Basic Paediatric Training Review Committee.

A proud Monash alumnus, Michael has a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education from Monash University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP Paed).

Michael has lived in West Gippsland for over 20 years and loves the lifestyle with its beautiful rural rolling green hills, forests and mountains and its proximity to Melbourne and the Bass Coast. Michael and his family are keen skiers, hikers and golfers and split their time between West Gippsland, Inverloch and Melbourne.

Associate Professor Gary Campain

Deputy Director

Associate Professor Gary Campain, Deputy Director of the Gippsland Regional Training HubAssociate Professor Gary Campain is an emergency physician and has spent a significant amount of his career working in emergency departments within regional health services. As Deputy Director of the Gippsland Regional Training Hub, Gary is dedicated to improving postgraduate pathways and training opportunities for junior doctors across the Gippsland region. He is especially passionate about recruiting emergency doctors.

Alongside his hub role, Gary currently supervises clinical training at Bairnsdale Regional Health Services and is Director of Medical Services at Kooweerup Regional Health Services. Prior to this, he served as Director of Emergency Medicine and Director of Medical Services at the West Gippsland Healthcare Group, Director of Emergency Medicine at LaTrobe Regional Hospital and an Emergency Physician at Bass Coast Health. Professionally, Gary has a strong interest in healthcare administration and digital health.

Gary has a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Certificate of Management from the University of Ballarat. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (FACEM) and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (AFRACMA).

Outside of work, Gary loves restoring cars, tackling a renovation and dabbling in computer programming.

Amy Allen

Manager

Amy Allen, Manager of the Gippsland Regional Training HubAmy Allen is the Manager of the Gippsland Regional Training Hub. She seeks to understand the existing barriers to rural workforce recruitment and retention in order to drive sustainable solutions.

Amy has worked for Monash University for more than a decade in research and in operations management. She’s also worked for the University of Melbourne in health systems and health workforce research. She has 20 peer-reviewed publications including in The Lancet Psychiatry and the Medical Journal of Australia. In her five years as Operations Manager for BrainPark, a neuroscience-based research group within the School of Psychological Sciences, Amy maintained a team of 50 staff and students. During this time, she supported the grant applications of the Director to obtain nearly $15 million in research funding.

With qualifications in Behavioural Neuroscience and Psychology, and currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Amy is interested in how change management approaches might be utilised at an organisational and systems-level to enhance rural medical workforce recruitment and retention.

Living in West Gippsland, Amy is a recent convert to the rural lifestyle and loves the wide-open spaces and mountain views. While she’s always enjoyed camping and bushwalks, moving to Gippsland has made Amy realise that rural is the right place to be. She delights in watching her pet chooks and the neighbour’s horses from her kitchen window.

Contact the Gippsland Regional Training Hub

Email: amy.allen@monash.edu
Phone: 61 3 5122 7247

Associate Professor Janelle Brennan

Director

Associate Professor Janelle BrennanAssociate Professor Janelle Brennan is a urological surgeon who has lived and worked in Bendigo for the last ten years. As Director of the North West Victorian Regional Training Hub, Janelle leads a team focused on improving training opportunities for junior doctors in the Loddon Mallee region.

Alongside her hub role, Janelle is currently the Head of Urology at Bendigo Health. She also runs her own practice, Goldfields Urology, providing urology services to Bendigo and the surrounding regions and provides urological surgery services at St John of God Hospital Bendigo, Swan Hill District Health, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and St Vincent’s Private Hospital.

Janelle is actively involved in research, with a focus on female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, benign prostatic disease, and health service delivery. She is currently Principal Investigator on two local clinical trials and her work has been published in the World Journal of Urology, BJU International and the Medical Journal of Australia.

As a local medical leader, Janelle has twice served as president of the Bendigo subdivision of the Australian Medical Association. She holds a number of professional and industry appointments, including the Urology Society of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ) representative on the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ Rural Health Equity and Advisory Group.

Janelle has a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) with Honours from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS Urol).

Outside of work, Janelle tries to play golf, enjoy good food and wine, tinker with Lego and watch her beloved Richmond Tigers with her dog, Dusty.

Associate Professor Hieu Pham

Deputy Director

Associate Professor Hieu Pham, Deputy Director of the North West Victorian Regional Training HubAssociate Professor Hieu Pham is a psychiatrist and psychogeriatician, who has worked in Mildura for over a decade. As Deputy Director of the North West Victorian Regional Training Hub, Hieu is passionate about creating new regional training pathways for junior doctors across the Loddon Mallee region.

Alongside his hub role, Hieu is a consultant psychiatrist and oversees postgraduate psychiatry training at Mildura Base Public Hospital. He holds clinical roles with West Wimmera Health Services and the Melbourne Clinic. Hieu also coordinates the Medicine in the Mind program for Year 4C medical students at Monash Rural Health Mildura.

Hieu has provided his mental health expertise across a range of professional and community activities, including as an OSCE examiner for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and advisor for the Murray Primary Health Network on pathways to mental health care.

Hieu has a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) and a Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZP).

A Mildura convert, Hieu enjoys exploring the region’s food and arts scene and performing as a member of the Mildura District Orchestra.

Sophie Burke

Manager
Sophie Burke, Manager of the North West Victorian Regional Training Hub

Sophie Burke is the Manager of the North West Victorian Regional Training Hub. Sophie is passionate about place, community, social and environmental justice and has worked in roles that require collaboration and partnerships which look to create systems change for local impact.

Sophie’s career spans over twenty years in the not-for-profit and philanthropic sector and came to Monash Rural Health from the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) - the only national foundation specifically focused on ensuring the strength of remote, rural and regional communities. During this time at FRRR, Sophie worked to design and implement the first ABC Heywire Youth Innovation and Trailblazer Grants and collaborated on fundraising activities with groups such as Blaze Aid, Australian Farmers for Climate Action and Queensland Rural Regional and Remote Women's Network. Sophie has also held roles with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation and  Eucalypts Australia and Board positions with Friends of The Earth Australia and the Castlemaine Childcare Cooperative.

As Hub Manager, Sophie has led a range of initiatives to provide medical students and junior doctors opportunities to live, work and train in North West Victoria - from GP jaunts, commissioning the Doctor What? Doctor Where? Podcast, development of the regional medical training website and supporting the Doctors for Regional Innovation, Vision, Excellence, Research and Scholarship (DRIVERS) conference.

Sophie keeps busy in the local community of Castlemaine, where there's nothing comparable to a wild rambling walk, coffee at all hours of the day and the thrill of thrifting things up.

Contact the North West Victorian Regional Training Hub

Email: sophie.burke@monash.edu
Phone: 0428 553 155