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The Quarterly 2012

The College warmly welcomes the following new staff members to the National Office.

Ms Anna Lyubomirsky
Education Project Officer

Anna has joined RACMA early July 2012 as the Education Project Officer to support the Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision (PICS) Program and coordinate other RACMA projects such as Accelerated Pathways to Fellowship programs.

Anna is an accomplished business executive who comes with 8 years experience in the Higher Education sector and a strong background in program management, business and governance administration, and event management. Prior to that, Anna spent a number of years working in the corporate sector in the Supply Chain industry in the area of planning, client relations, forecasting, marketing, demand and project management.

Anna has a Bachelor of Economics degree with a major in Business Administration and Marketing and a minor in International Development. She has also completed courses in Change Management, Events Management and Strategic Relations from RMIT and Centre for Adult Education.

Anna has implemented various international academic programs for Monash University’s local and offshore students, managing complex cross-faculty, administrative and logistics projects. Anna led several University strategic executive priorities, marketing initiatives and high-profile events that included keynote presentations from Julia Gillard and other senior Australian political leaders. Anna has strong background in the development of training programs on cultural awareness, professional development, induction programs and information sessions for staff and students, as well as establishing and improving campus development, transition and retention strategies to enhance student experience for students from low socio-economic sectors and overseas. Anna has demonstrated strong initiative and leadership in process reengineering, operational reviews, structural audits and other strategic projects in line with the business, academic and globalisation priorities, government regulations, taxing time-lines, limited resources and competing agendas. Anna is a keen strategic thinker with an operational oversight and enterprising client relations strategies.

In 2011 Anna managed two high profile teaching and learning research projects granted by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Her responsibilities included development of project strategies in the attainment of project milestones and deliverables, budget management and the development of stakeholder relationships with Australian Universities and Government agencies, communication, dissemination and marketing strategies to implement best practices in learning and teaching and best exemplars and legacy outcomes for the projects.

Anna is a volunteer for High Care Age Facility Organisation where she is engaged in the development of newsletter editorials, publications, donor programs and events.

She loves spending time with her 35kg Standard Poodle (Mr Chaplin) and she enjoys Zumba dance classes, and cooking up gourmet feasts for her friends and family.

Ms Christine Cottrell
Training Program Coordinator

After deciding to call Australia home in 1999 Christine embarked on a career in the not for profit sector. Christine has over eleven years’ experience working in member based not for profits. Her work has been focused on the development of events and education within these member based organisations.

Her first job in Australia was for the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She started in the membership department and eventually gravitating towards education. After organising the Victorian Division education program for 4 years Christine then implemented the Victoria Division Regional Events Program. During her two and a half years in this position Christine expanded the Victorian Regional Events Program form two regions to seven and left the AICD with a growing regional membership and events calendar.

After 10 years at AICD Christine decided she needed a new challenge and moved to the Australian Sonographers Association as their Events and CPD Manager. There she ran the events departments’ annual CPD program along with complicated medical conferences with over 1000 delegates, 100 presenters, live scanning of patients, trade shows and sponsorship.

Christine Joined The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators in June 2012 as Education and Training Projects Officer and then took over the Continuing Professional Development portfolio. She will be working on the CPD program and its RHCE funded projects.

In her spare time Christine plays soccer for South Yarra Women’s Soccer Club, she is also the Treasurer of South Yarra and a member of their management committee. Christine’s other interests include most sports, travel and cooking (especially the eating part).

Ms Bianca Monterosso
National Training Program Administrator

Bianca joined RACMA earlier this month in the role as National Training Program Administrator.

In 2009, Bianca completed a Bachelor of Science specialising in Biotechnology from Monash and is currently studying Master of Public Health through Flinders University, with a focus on Chronic Illness Management. She has also completed various training courses in Occupational Health & Safety, Contact Officer Training, Suicide Prevention Training and First Aid.

Her extensive administration experience has been gained from her experience in the not for profit sector in Mental Health and Disability Services. She has developed skills in people management through working for Advanced Personnel Management as a Psychological Services Administrator , coupled with skills in corporate health accounts and business functionality and improvement , gained in an Administration Coordinator role at Lifeline.

As the result of promotion as Administration Manager for Disability Services at Lifeline, Bianca gained staff management experience and the opportunity to build further organisational and management competencies, as well as insight into the operations of disability services .

In her spare time away from work and study, Bianca is a member of several organisations such as Chronic Pain Australia, Arthritis Victoria and The Association of Genetic Support Australasia to name a few, and her passion to gain insight into research and primary health care issues motivates her to write reviews for journal articles for organisation’s newsletters and become a project advisor for a proposal on a new pain education unit in Western Australia. She enjoys volunteering her time, insight and reflections into improvement strategies for chronic illness management in particular.

Bianca also enjoys being a health and fitness advocate and spending quality time with friends and family helping improve their lifestyles for the better. Her true passion is to help people achieve goals and their full potential and she views education and learning as a priceless way of enabling that objective. Consequently her weekends are rarely dull and often involve a mix of current house renovations, study, gym and cooking.

Ms Alison Watson
Education and Training Project Officer

Ali has also recently commenced with RACMA after returning to Australia, from living and working in London for the past two years.

After completing a Business Certificate within the Learning and Development sector at NSW TAFE, her career has been focused around Event and Program Management, on a local, national and global scale. Her experience includes working within the Queensland Cancer Council on such events as PINK Ribbon Day and Daffodil Day; working on Global Leadership Programs in London; and coordinating large scale events for HSBC Leaders in Mexico, Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

Outside of working life, Ali likes to spend time with her family and friends, but she travels back to her family in Coffs Harbour NSW as often as possible, to enjoy time with her beautiful niece and nephew who mean everything to her. She also loves to travel, and get out and enjoy the beach, camping, fishing and all outdoor activities.