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The Quarterly 2011


Juliet Buchanan
Education Project Officer

Juliet graduated with a Master of Education from the University of Melbourne, in August where she studied adult learning and e-learning. Previous to this her studies included a Bachelor of Arts in Education, a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Education and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Starting her career as a Primary Teacher, Juliet enjoyed time as a Librarian and teaching at Camberwell Grammar School. She then later took off with QANTAS as a Flight Attendant Training Manager designing, delivering and assessing, emergency and customer service for induction and recurrent flight attendant courses. At the time she was a student pilot on light aircraft and enjoyed lining up cows in her sights as she practised engine failures over the Yarra Valley.

Another turn in this career path led to a Physiotherapy practice, allowing her to manage all aspect of the business and implement an ICT strategy with state of the art practice management software. Positions with TAFE and other training organisations followed delivering business, training and administration subjects.

Juliet’s appointment at RACMA as Education Project Officer ties together her medical, management and education streams. This role involves supporting the working parties on Cultural Competence, Ethics and Research for the Curriculum and developing an ICT strategy and e-learning platform for the College.

Offshore sailing is her passion, while her husband prefers sailing competitively. They have enjoyed trips to King Island, Port Fairy and Wilsons Promontory producing lots of stories, including one with 5 metre seas, 30 knot winds and a man overboard. Juliet has three teenagers, two daughters and a son.

Harry Curlis
Account manager – Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision

Following graduation in Social Sciences from Warrnambool Institute (now Deakin University), Harry began his career with Telecom Australia and spent the next 20 years working as a Human Resources and Industrial Relations Practitioner, in both Australia and abroad.

Following a placement with the United Nations working for the International Telecommunications Union, Harry returned to Australia and shortly thereafter commenced work with Saudi Telecom as part of a Telstra Australia International project.

On returning to Australia at the completion of the Saudi project, Harry had a change of employer and began working as the Human Resources Manager for the Epworth HealthCare Group. Ten years on, Harry then began undertaking part-time consultancy projects interspersed with personal travel during which he managed to pursue his enjoyment of fishing, walking and throwing himself into cold, blue water (weather permitting).

However, all good things in moderation and so Harry will now be involved in account management as part of the Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision Program which is being supervised by the RACMA.

Peter Harding
National Project Manager – Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision

Peter has a Bachelor of Business from RMIT, Masters of Business Administration from Monash and Diploma of Illustrative Photography from PSC.

Peter's early career focused on organisational structure and design in the telecommunications industry, and then moved to business development and finance for large scale project management of telecommunications infrastructure in defence, rail and road. He was involved in the retail product development and marketing of some much loved Telstra products such as Call Connect 12456 and InfoCall 1900.

After leaving Telstra, Peter worked in various management consulting and contracting positions in the areas of law, professional services, local government, public and private health and education. His most recent contract was associated with leading the restructure of the Wesley College Institute for Innovation in Education.

Peter has joined RACMA in the role of the National Project Manager for the Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision (PICS) project - a Federal Government initiative to expand and enhance the specialist training program in the private sector.

Outside of his working life he enjoys the visual arts, new technology, swimming, golf, cricket, living the Collingwood cafe late lifestyle with partner Kerry; and basking in the glory of his reigning premiership football team - Collingwood.

Valerie Ramsperger
Account Manager - Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision

Valerie has a varied work background with experience across TAFE, State Government programs, apprenticeships, traineeships, international business and hotel management.

Initially interested in biological science, Valerie quickly decided the lab was not for her. Following her instincts, she took off for Europe to spend time with family in Switzerland. With a Diploma in Hospitality Management, she worked in 'Suisse hotellerie' and gained an appreciation for true hospitality.

Most recently her focus has been providing strategic direction and delivering strategic projects for the public sector across education and the food industry to enhance business capability.

Valerie implemented new educational strategies to provide positive outcomes for students, in particular disadvantaged students in the TAFE environment. She was also a key participant in ensuring regulatory compliance in all areas of automotive training and assessment and adherence to the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF), as she is a stickler for 'the rules'. Her leadership contribution in the restructure of three facilities merging into one has enhanced her skills in change management.

Valerie's role at RACMA is as an Account Manager for the Specialist Training Program (STP), primarily looking after the administration and implementation of the Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision (PICS) Program for the Department of Health and Ageing. She is also involved in the RACMA accreditation of training posts.

In her not so spare time, she volunteers as an Owners Corporation Manager and runs around after her young son exploring the world of "new things for toddlers to get their hands on". When she has time to herself she enjoys going to the gym, walking, reading, skiing, camping, eating out and loves cooking up a feast for her partner Andrew, family and friends.

Jyoti Sarna
Governance and Administration Officer

Jyoti has joined RACMA in August 2011 as the Governance and Administration Officer. She comes with 20 years of administration background, in various roles within the health and education sector. She is an Art Graduate with a Diploma in Business Administration and has also completed certificates in Book keeping and Accounting. Her last assignment was a contract for six months with the Australian Catholic University as a Finance Officer. She gained experience at The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists as an Administrative Support Officer mainly supporting their Education and Training Committee, Work Based Assessment Committee, Assessment Committee and Trainees’ Committee. She worked prior to that at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre as the Ethics Secretary. Here she managed various research projects through rigorous approval processes. She was also part of Community Health Services for many years. Outside of her working life Jyoti enjoys music, her occasional dance classes and teasing us all with her fragrant dhal at lunch time.

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