Meet our RMA19 Ambassadors 

Our Ambassadors are invited to conference to give you a behind-the-scenes look into all things RMA from the perspective of where they are on their current Rural Generalist journey... 

Keep an eye out for the below faces and names who will be soon all over social media speaking on topics that are important to you. Don't forget to introduce yourself to them when you see them on the Gold Coast. 



Dr Daniel Wilson

Registrar, Victoria 

Dan is a first-year Rural Generalist trainee with ACRRM and is passionate about improving the delivery of healthcare for rural Australians. Dan is a Board member of the Rural Doctor’s Association of Victoria and a member of the ACRRM Future Generalist’s Committee. Dan is highly active in the prevocational doctor’s training and education space, participating in PMCV’s JMO Forum, and most recently developing an extracurricular medical education program for medical students in the Grampians region, facilitated by junior doctors. Dan currently works in the Grampians region, with interest areas of chronic disease, medical education, Women’s Health and LGBTIQ+ sexual health. He is an avid gardener and botanist, and spends much of his spare time tending to all things green and growing. At RMA, Dan looks forward to catching up with colleagues and networking for new professional opportunities. 


Dr Danielle Dries 

Registrar, New South Wales

Danielle Dries is a Kaurna Aboriginal woman from South Australia. Danielle was born in Perth but grew up between Canberra and the United States, secondary to her Dad being in the Royal Australian Air Force. After finishing year 12 she moved to Albury, NSW to study Physiotherapy and after completing rural placements in NSW and Tasmania, worked as a Physiotherapist in Sydney for a year before she decided to study medicine. She is now working in Moruya, NSW. Danielle is looking forward to going to RMA again this year, seeing old friends and making new ones and says that she has always found going to RMA motivates her to do more and to be better. 


Dr Ben Dodds 

Registrar, Tasmania

Ben Dodds is a junior doctor in Tasmania and first year ACRRM trainee. Ben grew up on the North West Coast of Tasmania and, after completing medical school at University of Tasmania in 2017, has returned home to work in the North West Regional Hospital and transition into rural general practice.

Ben is a passionate advocate for rural health in Tasmania and has also been involved in the Rural Generalist Coordinating Council and the Rural Doctors Association of Tasmania. His favourite part of RMA is catching up with his rural family from around the country and sharing 3-4 days with likeminded, hard-working rural health professional. If you're new to RMA and ACRRM come and say hi and we'll share a beer or two!


Jessica Paynter 

Student, Victoria 

Jess grew up in North-West Victoria in the Mallee Murray Region (Nyah) and is passionate about her local community. Completing her final year at medical school at Monash University, Jess decided to pursue a career in medicine after seeing the incredible work two of her local GPs (Dr Michael Moynihan and Dr Ernan Hession) made towards their community.

Jess has been privileged to undertake her clinical placements in Monash’s Rural Clinical School – Mildura, Swan Hill and Bendigo, and under her JFPP mentor Sally Singleton in Broome. Jess intends to pursue a career in rural medicine as she enjoys the lifestyle, flexibility and peer support that rural colleagues provide. In her spare time she loves running, triathlons, or any sports in general. Jess is most looking forward to the student presentations and the Conference Dinner at RMA19. 


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