Meet our new GPLO in Bundaberg

In Wide Bay by PHN Communications

My name is Fionna Hadden and I am really excited to have joined the Bundaberg Office of the Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN as a GP Liaison Officer.

I am looking forward to meeting you all over the coming months but wanted to take the opportunity to briefly introduce myself and welcome your communication – queries, concerns, suggestions, feedback etc via email or phone.

I moved to Bundaberg at the beginning of 2017 and have been getting to know the area while working part-time at Millbank Medical Practice and becoming involved with GMT (as a Secondary GP Supervisor and ECT Visitor) and UQ (providing medical student teaching both in-rooms and more formal tutorials).

Prior to relocating I spent 8 years as a SMO (GP Anaesthetist) at Stanthorpe Hospital. During that time I completed my RACGP training and gained experience in private general practice by providing relief to a single-doctor practice in Inglewood, and both a small bulk-billing and larger mixed billing practice in Stanthorpe itself.  In addition, to my anaesthetic and general hospital duties I developed a particular interest in palliative care and patient safety/quality and improvement activities. I was also actively involved in medical student teaching, including a Medical Educator position for Griffith University’s Long Look Program, and junior doctor training.

Having grown up on a cattle station in the Kimberley’s, before becoming “a Brisbane girl”, I am particularly passionate about equitable health services for regional, rural and remote Australians. I believe that a big part of this involves taking care of and supporting the health workforce in those areas.

I am married to a FACEM who has been working at Bundaberg Hospital Emergency Department over the past 10 years and together we have a house over-run with “fur-kids”.  My interests outside of medicine include travel (especially anything that gets me outdoors and moving), live music and food.

I look forward to getting to know you and working together to continue building a supportive community of practice and achieve improved health outcomes for ourselves, our patients and the local area.

Dr N. Fionna Hadden

BSc/BA, MBBS, FRACGP (JCCA), UQ Lecturer