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About Us

Hand-n-Hand (Helping Australian & New Zealand Nurses and Doctors) was founded in March 2020 in far north QLD.


Initially a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing emotional burden that came with it, we have been amazed with the speed and enthusiasm with which peer support has been adopted.

Today, hundreds of participants and volunteer facilitators have signed up to be a part of the growing peer support movement, from just about every healthcare profession and study imaginable.

What we quickly discovered is that there is an ongoing need for peer support beyond the pandemic, and are making efforts to turn Hand-n-Hand into a sustainable, long-term solution that can provide peer support for generations of healthcare workers to come.

Our Team

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Dr. Kym Jenkins

Executive/Triage Lead

Past RANZCP President and Chair of Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges

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Prof. Brett McDermott

Executive/Research Lead

Pychiatrist & Psychiatry Professor at James Cook University, Beyond Blue Board Director 2006-2016

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Dr. Tahnee Bridson

Executive/Social Media Lead

Psychiatry registrar originally from Far North Queensland, deputy chair of the AMACDT Wellbeing Special Interest Group, and on the Psychiatry College Trainee Representative Committee

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Kay Dunkley

Strategy & Business Governance

Executive Officer of the Pharmacists' Support Service and Doctor Wellbeing Coordinator AMA Victoria

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Mr. Daniel Zou

Strategy & Business Governance

Medical Student at The University of Melbourne.

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Dr. Satyen Hargovan

Strategy & Business Governance

Senior House Officer in Critical Care Medicine at Cairns Hospital, President of the Cairns RMO Society, Deputy Chair of the Cairns Young Chamber of Commerce and Adjunct Lecturer in Medicine at JCU.

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Dr Nardine Elzahaby

Triage Psychiatrist

Consultation-Liaison psychiatry advanced trainee at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.

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Dr Cathy Andronis

Peer Facilitator Support Psychiatrist/GP

GP, family therapist, and medical educator.

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Dr. Paula Matich

Medical Student Research Project Lead

Psychiatry Registrar at Townsville University Hospital and Adjunct Lecturer at the College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University

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Dr. Gabrielle Matta

Peer Facilitator Support Psychiatrist/GP

Consultant psychiatrist and senior lecturer at JCU working at the Townsville University Hospital and in private practice. Recipient of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Maddison Medallion for 2018.

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Dr Emma Adams

Peer Facilitator Support Psychiatrist/GP

Dr Adams is a Canberra-based psychiatrist in private practice. She is proud of her Wiradjuri descent and is a published author.

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Erica Musgrove (she/her)

Social Media Manager & Admin Support

Final year medical student at the University of Melbourne with a keen interest in primary care and mental health

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Daniel Bil

Social Media Manager & Admin Support

Final year medical student at Monash University and Vice-Chair of Operations at AMSA Global Health