NAHRLS Appoints General Manager

The Nursing & Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme (NAHRLS) has appointed Mark Ellis as General Manager. The NAHRLS has been established by the Australian Government’s Department of Health and Ageing to support nurses, midwives and eligible allied health professionals in rural and remote Australia to get away to do the professional development training they need to continue their vital work.

The NAHRLS is a component of the Australian Government’s National Health and Hospital Network Reform agenda and supports and recruits suitable locums to backfill for rural health professionals taking leave from their posts to undertake Continuing Professional Development activities. The NAHRLS has already filled more than 75 locum requests* from health services and organisations across rural and remote Australia and is receiving new requests daily. (*Since 1 July 2011)
Mark comes to NAHRLS from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) where he managed the logistics for the International Deployment Group. In this role Mark managed the largest procurement activity ever undertaken by the AFP with the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) support contracts. Mark also managed the AFP’s assistance to Queensland following the January 2011 floods and Cyclone Yasi and the AFP’s response to the Christchurch Earthquake. Prior to this, Mark worked for the Department of Human Services on the Health Access Card project. Mark also spent 12 years in the Department of Defence working on various projects including the formation of the ANZAC Ship Alliance and military base reviews. In 2005 Mark attended the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies at the Australian Defence College where he attained a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies). As well as his Masters degree Mark has a Bachelor of Law, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and is admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland.
Mark brings his considerable experience in Government administration, crisis/disaster management and leading complex projects to his position as the General Manager of the NAHRLS.
Mark says, “The accessibility of our NAHRLS locums gives rural and remote nurses and allied health professionals the chance to undertake training and professional development activities away from work that they may not have otherwise been able to attend while giving their health service the assurance that the position is properly back-filled to support ongoing service delivery.”