Anne-Maree

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 studied at different institutions Anne-Maree appreciates the real focus on engaging, retaining and graduating Indigenous students across all fields at USQ.

'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.