Tertiary Preparation Program, Bachelor of Nursing, Master of Mental Health Nursing, Master of Nursing Honours
2018 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year and Indigenous Alumnus of the Year
Dr Anne-Maree Nielsen is a proud Wakka Wakka woman of Queensland’s South Burnett Region with associations to the Barkindji Nations in the Darling River Basin Region, Western New South Wales.
Anne-Maree began her studies as a young mother in 2000 with USQ in the Tertiary Preparation Program.
Since then, her passion to see indigenous community health prevention resolutions saw Anne-Maree go on to complete her Bachelor of Nursing, as well as two Master degrees, before returning to university to become a doctor.
“Having also studied at a difference institution, USQ for me is such a great institution in that there’s a real focus on engaging, retaining and graduating Indigenous students across all fields,” she said.
“The University graduated 11 Indigenous nurses last year which sort of blew me away so I think USQ should be commended for that achievement.”
For well over a decade, Anne-Maree has dedicated her career to improving Indigenous healthcare in the capacities of a researcher, registered nurse and now a doctor.
Currently, she is a Paediatric Resident Medical Officer at the Toowoomba Base Hospital.