Our Team

Dan Manahan

Board Chair

Dr Dan Manahan is a graduate from The University of Queensland. He undertook his studies with the assistance of a Queensland Health Rural Scholarship and commenced clinical practice in Rockhampton where he completed his internship. He then moved to Emerald in Central Queensland where it was during this time he experienced the characters, practitioners, patients and friends that dramatically influenced his choosing of a career as a rural generalist. After time in Goondiwindi, which further cemented his rural vocation, he relocated to Brisbane for advanced skills training where he obtained obstetrics, anaesthetics and surgical credentials and married Jacinta, a city slicker prepared to leap into rural life. Dan and Jacinta moved to Stanthorpe in 1996 and have settled there, raising four children. As a Rocketship Team member Dan is passionate about both developing and facilitating medical education and training opportunities for medical officers across rural and remote regions.

Lachlan Mciver

Founder and Director

Lachlan is a rural generalist and public health physician with over a decade’s experience visiting, living and working around the South Pacific. He has a PhD in Pacific islander health and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Tropical Medicine at James Cook University. Lachlan is the Tropical Diseases & Planetary Health Advisor at the Geneva Headquarters of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). He swaps his stethoscope and scuba gear for a snowboard when he commutes between Australia, Vanuatu and Switzerland.

A/Prof Jill Benson


Jill has been a GP for 40 years, for the last 20 years mostly working in remote Aboriginal communities in the western desert, with refugees in Adelaide, with Doctors Health SA, as a Medical Educator and researcher with GPEx (GP training organisation in South Australia), and with the Australian Medical Council. She is also currently doing volunteer work with Rocketship in Tonga as a medical educator. She has presented and published nationally and internationally about medical education, refugee health, doctors’ health and mental health. 

Jemma Bimrose

Jemma has over 14 years corporate governance and financial management experience, spanning Big 4 public accounting firms, private enterprise, State and Federal Government and not-for-profit sectors, and has specialised in Indigenous business. Jemma is passionate about supporting not-for-profits to implement best practice corporate governance that establishes the foundations for efficient and effective service delivery and underpins sustainable growth.

Brett Cowling

Brett is a seasoned non-for-profit executive with over 20 years of health leadership experience working beside First Nations people of Australia and the Pacific. He is passionate about local health workforce training and development and finding the balance between good clinical and good corporate governance. 

Dr Lisiate Ulufonua

With leadership experience as Superintendent Vaiola Hospital, Nuku’alofa, Dr Lisiate Ulufonua believes that developing robust family health services is key to the Kingdom of Tonga reaching the quality standard of national health indicators that are typically associated with developed countries. 

Former Rugby Union international for Tonga, Lisiate understands the value of quality leadership and determination. 

Brooke Fallon

Executive Assistant

Brooke has over 10 years experience working in healthcare with a background in respiratory and sleep science.  Brooke is currently working towards a Master of International and Community Development.  She is passionate about primary healthcare in the Pacific.

Morgan Lemin

Operations Assistent

Morgan started her professional life as a nurse when she graduated from QUT with a degree in nursing and paramedics in 2018.  She is studying for a Master of Environmental Health Science, with a focus on environmental public health. It’s a study programme from which she will graduate in June 2022. 

Morgan joined Rocketship early in 2021. 

Rachael Smith

Project Coordinator

Rachael is a Project Coordinator with Rocketship, bringing expertise in health project management, International Development and Public Health. She was formerly managing a rural and remote health project in Papua New Guinea, but is now based in Brisbane, working in the non-for-profit sector with Children by Choice, delivering the Regional, Rural and Remote Abortion Access Program to improve abortion access equity across Queensland. Rachael’s pronouns are she/her/hers. 

Peter Taylor

Finance Manager

Peter is an Accountant and has a broad range of financial and asset management experience, including in the remote Aboriginal Community Controlled not-for-profit sector, in particular remote Aboriginal Medical Services. Living in Alice Springs has provided Peter a unique opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the demanding and logistically challenging remote sector. Peter believes success in this environment is only possible by developing long term sustainable solutions and models. Not your average bean counter, Peter puts his practical skills to work getting his hands dirty building off-road race cars and renovating properties.