Education Director – Rob Timmings
Rob Timmings has been a nurse for more than 30 years. He resides in Toowoomba Queensland with his wife and two children. Rob’s background is in emergency, psychiatry and hyperbarics. He has worked in Brisbane’s largest trauma units, and in Queensland’s most remote farther reaches as a remote nurse.
Academically qualified with Cert IV teaching qualifications, a BHlthSc and a Masters Degree in Emergency Nursing, he has used his formal education in his first passion, teaching. Rob has been a full time nurse educator for 15 years, but regularly, takes a contract in the remote area or an emergency setting to remain clinically current. He loves to teach nurses, and since 1996, ECT4Health has offered educational programs to nurses, students and paramedics across Australia and New Zealand for some of Australia’s biggest organisations (Queensland Health, Ausmed Education, Primed, University of Queensland, NSW Health, to name a few). Rob started his interest in nurse education working for the Australian College of Emergency Nursing (ACEN) teaching the popular Trauma Nursing Core Course TNCC (ENA:USA between 2000 -2008). This led to an opportunity to co-author an Australian Trauma epidemiology section of a former edition (2007: 6th ed) of the TNCC provider manual. He enjoyed teaching into, and co-modifying the now obsolete Course in Advanced Trauma Nursing CATN, and CATN-II in 2006-2010.
Disclaimer: Rob holds the ACEN in very high esteem for giving in a start in the world of education of nurses. Whilst no longer being affiliated with ACEN, he openly supports and endorses enrolment in the programs operated by ACEN.
In 2004, Rob co-developed the Queensland Health Rural nursing programs called PACS and PEPEN. Published in 2006 in his research interest – Rural and Isolated Practice nursing (RIPERN), and in 2013, he was honoured by being nominated and voted one of Australia’s top 5 most Influential Nurses in an online survey by Nursing Review, and was interviewed by ABC Radio . Rob is a clinically active nurse, a self confessed Trauma Junkie, and as an academic with casual appointments at USQ, he remains a passionate advocate for rural and remote nursing education. Rob has a humorous fun presentation style, that is different from most. He is always on for a laugh.
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Business Manager/Marketing – Joanne Timmings
Joanne has been a nurse for 30 years. Originally studying at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, then completing midwifery at the Mater Mothers in Brisbane, she focused her early career on wound management, and the care of people in their homes. Jo qualified as a Hyperbaric Nurse in the late 1990s, and was a founding wound care specialist nurse at Brisbane’s first Hyperbaric facility still situated at the Wesley Hospital. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Nursing, and a Graduate Certificate in Rural and Remote nursing.
In 2002, Joanne moved to far south west Queensland with her husband, son and a baby daughter to explore what remote area practice and living had to offer. There, Jo worked as a community nurse with HACC, and at the local Quilpie Hospital. It was to be a move that cemented Jo’s love of the wide open spaces that only rural Queensland can offer. Jo now resides in Toowoomba and after working as discharge facilitator, an Aged care facility manager, and, most recently a specialist Palliative Care nurse, she now sits in our organisation full time as our business manager and marketing.
Most importantly, Jo also runs the business end of ECT4Health, and is the go to person for staff coordination, product development, and driving the visibility of ECT4Health. Around the corner, Jo is developing innovative new seminars, and sourcing teaching experts for our varied seminar suite.
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Graduate Program, and Quality assurance – Helen Welch
Helen has been a nurse for over 27years. She currently resides in Toowoomba Queensland with her husband. Originally studying at Preston and Northcote Community Hospital in Melbourne, she focused her early career on orthopaedics and oncology. During her long service leave in 1998 she worked as a nurse at a ski resort in Victoria and this sparked her interest in emergency nursing. She then completed her Graduate Certificate in Emergency Nursing in 2000. She has travelled extensively throughout Australia and has worked in most states and the northern territory as a nurse. She has also returned to the ski fields in Victoria for another ski season and has worked twice as a nurse on a cruise ship.
Helen has always had a passion for teaching nurses and secured a position as nurse educator in a private hospital in 2013. She currently works in palliative care as both an RN and Nurse Educator, and works with the local university as a clinical facilitator for nursing students and marks some of their assignments and exams. Helen also works casually for Queensland Health to keep her clinical skills current.