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ANNE-MAREE
TERTIARY PREPARATION PROGRAM, BACHELOR OF NURSING, MASTER OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, MASTER OF NURSING (HONOURS)

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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. All of this and more, made Anne-Maree the perfect choice to receive the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year and Indigenous Alumnus of the Year for USQ in 2018.

“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. 

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