Marco Briceno, Associate Professor | Director
Dr Briceno is a Rural Generalist Surgeon, a Medical Administrator and a Medical Educator, who has worked in North East Arnhem Land for the last 12 years.
He is devoted to developing sustainable workforce models, to drive contemporary health reforms, and to design modern and innovative models of clinical care that are applicable to rural and remote settings, and that are culturally appropriate for Indigenous Australians.
Dr Briceno systematically works to inform and influence health policies at the Regional and Territory level, striving to infuse them with a strong focus on the needs of rural and remote medicine and Indigenous health.
Maria Halkitis, Mrs | A/Manager
Maria joined the public sector in January 2014 after having worked for both private and not for profit organisations such as the Lowitja Institute and the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health. She has more than 18 years’ experience in the administrative, contract management and corporate field.
Maria holds a Bachelor (Hons) in Business and Economics and a Masters in Project Managements, she completed her studies in the United Kingdom before moving to Australia in 2008. She has completed a number of professional development courses with the most recent one being a Diploma of Events through Charles Darwin University where she was also awarded a prize for her studies from the University.
Maria holds extensive corporate knowledge regarding the Prevocational Medical Assurance Services (PMAS) functions having worked within the business unit for several years, working her way up to becoming the Manager of the business unit.
She is a professional with a career in health spanning over 14 years where throughout her employment she has been commended for her skills in project management, research and policy analysis and development and finance. Maria also has specialist knowledge and expertise in improvement models, auditing/accreditation frameworks and processes that include risk assessment/management relevant to health education and training programs.
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Cherie Hamill, Ms | A/Quality Assurance Officer
Cherie’s career in the NTPS commenced in January 1985 and since that time she has gained an extensive background in the management of Human Resources, Recruitment and Payroll services and junior medical officer workforces.
Cherie joined the PMAS team in 2020 as the Quality Assurance Support Officer whilst Eloise was on maternity leave. In this role she undertakes and manages various projects including the Intern Application Process for the Northern Territory, coordination of National Data Reporting, managed project deliverables to assist with production of policies and processes, and is the Secretariat and administrative support for numerous committees. Cherie also assists with the coordination of Prevocational Accreditation services for the Northern Territory Accrediting Authority.
Cherie has recently taken on the role of Quality Assurance Officer and will now begin to assume the tasks previously undertaken by Maria.
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Eloise Drescher, Ms | Quality Assurance Support Officer |Currently on parental leave
Born and raised in the Territory, Eloise has worked in various roles across both private and public sector, completing an NT Government Trainee-ship with the NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services in 2012. Eloise has since gained work experience in Retail Management, Fitness Group Training and Administration. Before joining the Prevocational Medical Assurance Services, Eloise was living and working in Alice Springs as a Group Fitness Instructor, and prior to that System Performance Support Officer for the Department of Health.
Eloise has qualifications in Business Administration, a Level 1 Certification as a Group Fitness Instructor and is currently completing a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) externally through Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Victoria.
Since June 2018, Eloise has worked in her current role of Quality Assurance Support Officer for the Prevocational Medical Assurance Services. In the role she undertakes and manages various projects including the Intern Application Process for the Northern Territory, coordination of National Data Reporting, managed project deliverables to assist with production of policies and processes, and is the Secretariat and administrative support for numerous committees.Eloise also assists with the coordination of Prevocational Accreditation services for the Northern Territory Accrediting Authority.