Dr Susan Thomas

Clinical Lead

Susan has been committed to Rural Generalism over the past 3 decades and has worked in a variety of different regional and remote settings; ranging from the Mallee region in NW Victoria and SW NSW, Central desert Indigenous communities in both WA and SA and currently in SW Victoria. During this journey she developed a strong interest in emergency medicine, medical education and point of care ultrasound. Susan has held different positions within the ACRRM assessment team including some time as the principal examiner for StAMPS across all modalities. She currently works as a consultant in the emergency department at Southwest Health, Warrnambool and holds a senior lecturer position with Deakin University. She has a great passion for mentoring the next generation of rural generalists and is a self-confessed ultrasound ‘tragic’!

Helen Finneran

Rural Generalist Manager

Helen has worked in workforce planning, programs and policy for over 15 years with a focus on rural health workforce. She led the workforce planning and analysis that supported the early design and development of the program. Helen returned to VRGP in 2023 as the Manager. She is committed to working with stakeholders to further strengthen the VRGP ensuring we build and sustain a Rural Generalist workforce that meets the needs of rural Victorian communities.

Kate Carlile

Rural Generalist Program Coordinator

Born and bred in the Loddon Mallee region, Kate was Medical Education Officer for 11 years at Echuca Regional Health where she worked as a Hub Administrator for University of Melbourne Extended Rural Cohort program with medical students. Kate understands the importance of Rural Generalists within communities and has a real passion for the VRGP. Kate has been with VRGP since its inception, commencing in the role as Statewide administrator three years ago, and has been heavily involved in the implementation phase of VRGP.

Clinical Leads

Dr Greg Coates


Greg provides Anaesthetics VMO services at Bacchus Marsh and Kyneton Hospitals. Since 2012 Greg has been involved in Rural Generalist Anaesthetics trainee education, mentoring and Anaesthesic examinations in Victoria. He was appointed Clinical Lead for RG Anaesthetics training with the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria in 2017.
Greg is an enthusiastic teacher with an online education forum for RG Anaesthetics trainees across Australia and a Facebook network for support.
Graduating in 1989 from Monash University, Greg has worked in diverse locations including Christmas Island, Port Hedland, Stawell, Darwin, Cairns, Fiji, Samoa and the United Kingdom.

Dr Graham Slaney


Graham is one of the principals at Mansfield Medical Clinic and provides Anaesthetic and Obstetric services through Mansfield District Hospital. As President of the Rural Doctors Association of Victoria from 2000-2002, he was involved in negotiating an improved rural continuing medical education support package for rural doctors with the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria. Graham has been training both medical students and Registrars for more than 20 years. His medical interests include Obstetrics, Anaesthetics, Alpine Sports Medicine, acupuncture, teaching and research.

Dr David Wilson


David has more than 30 years' experience in Rural General Practice, and currently provides Obstetrics and Paediatric services at the Wimmera Health Care Group. David has many years of experience in teaching, including Deakin University Rural Community Clinical School students, junior doctors and GP Registrars with both the ACRRM and RACGP pathways.

Dr Shaneil Fransch

Emergency Medicine

Shaneil is a new FACCRM, having Fellowed in 2022. He currently works as a Senior Medical Officer in Emergency Medicine in Northeast Victoria and is a casual lecturer with the University of Melbourne Rural Clinical School. He is committed to rural medicine and has been based rurally since moving to Australia from Zimbabwe in 2005. He has a strong interest in emergency medicine, establishing and maintaining training pathways for junior doctors in rural settings and medical education. He hopes to bring recency of experience to the VRGP role, having been one of the first groups of candidates to complete the VRGP.

Regional Coordinators

Julie Rogalsky


Julie is a proud Gippslandian born and educated in the Latrobe Valley. She has more than 20 years' experience in the local health sector, having worked in General Practice, hospital, community health, government and GP training.
Julie is Deputy Chair of the Gippsland Primary Health Network and has a particular interest in medical workforce planning and quality primary care services located close to home.
She has a Master of Health Services Management (Monash), Graduate Diploma in Rural Health (Monash) and a Bachelor of Applied Science – Health Promotion (Deakin).

Kim Lane


Kim has lived in rural and regional locations of Victoria for all of her life and loves the rural lifestyle. She has worked in various industries throughout her career in management and finance roles.
She has spent 6 years as Practice manager in private practice, held a leadership admin position at a regional hospital and most recently 5 years as a GP Practice manager and senior leader in a rural health service in the Grampians region. She has a passion for the recruitment and retention of medical workforce to improve the health outcomes and create better equity for the region in which she lives.

Craig Canham

Loddon Mallee

Craig has lived and worked across the Loddon Mallee Region for over 24 years having spent the previous 20 years working at an executive level in the Employment Services Industry.
Craig has a strong history of building relationships with colleges, training organisations, employers and staff. His career focus has been on providing meaningful services, while providing opportunities for people to have better outcomes. These passions drew Craig to The Victorian Rural Generalist Program in 2023. Craig is passionate about Rural Victoria and ensuring that the medical workforce across the state is well equipped and accessible for all.

Anna Dyson

South West

Anna has lived and worked in the Western District of Victoria for over 30 years, working in human resources & finance roles.
With extensive professional & local lifestyle knowledge, Anna looks forward to helping trainees & local health services develop excellent outcomes in attracting, training & retaining quality medical practitioners. Anna is passionate about health care, believing the VRGP is crucial in supporting our region to develop multi-faceted, dedicated health professionals.

Joelene Mitchell

Hume Regional Coordinator

Hailing from North East Victoria, Joelene has worked in Medical Education and Medical Workforce Management for 9 years within the Hume Region. At the University of Melbourne, Joelene worked with medical students, managing the Extended Rural Cohort from the Wangaratta Hub. Joelene previously developed programs for Going Rural Health with the University of Melbourne to support medical, allied health and nursing students to complete placements across the Hume Region, working with a number of Universities and Health Services. More recently Joelene led the Medical Workforce Team at Northeast Health Wangaratta as Manager of Medical Workforce.
Joelene has a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities of regional the training pathways. Having grown up and lived in North East Victoria, Joelene is passionate in growing and supporting medical workforce and improving the health care access and outcomes for rural and regional areas.

RG1 Program Managers

Merryn Lodding

Manager, Murray to Mountains (M2M) Intern Program

Merryn has worked in the Hume Region for 12 years in management and leadership roles in public health and local government and has a deep understanding of the issues faced by local communities in the region. In recent years, Merryn has been the Manager Medical Workforce at Northeast Health Wangaratta where she established training and employment pathways to support Rural Generalist training across the region, in partnership with the Rural Community Intern Training Program.
Merryn is passionate about working to increase employment of Rural Generalists and improve the healthcare of regional communities.

Samantha Scott


Sam is the program manager of the RG1 Gippsland program. She was born in the UK but migrated to Australia in 2001. Sam has a communications background and worked within rural health education, advocacy and communications for around 15 years before moving to Gippsland. She joined the VRGP Gippsland team in December 2019 and enjoys the opportunity to meaningfully support the junior doctors in the program. She hopes to play a small role in developing and supporting a sustainable health workforce for the Gippsland region. She lives with her partner, two kids, two cats, three sheep and eleven chickens and absolutely loves the lifestyle Gippsland offers her and her family.

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