Ms Lucinda Barry
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Lucinda commenced as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the inaugural Board of the Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) in September 2017; she is leading Australia’s organ and tissue donation program.
Lucinda has extensive experience and knowledge in health care. In her exemplary career, she has held senior leadership roles within government, the public service and in health care management and delivery.
Lucinda commenced her career as a Registered Nurse training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and then spent the next 10 years specialising in Emergency and Major Trauma. She was one of the first Trauma Coordinators in Victoria and instrumental in the development and implementation of the Victorian State Trauma System. Lucinda then moved into senior management as a Director of Nursing of a private hospital.
Lucinda then made a significant change in her career path as she moved into public policy, and became an Adviser to the Federal Health Minister based at Parliament House in Canberra. She went on to Senior Adviser roles across a range of social policy areas and has worked at the Senior Executive Level in the Australian Public Service.
Prior to commencing with the OTA, Lucinda was working directly to the Prime Minister as his Senior Adviser on Health and Aged Care.
Adjunct Associate Professor Veronica Casey FACN RN
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Adjunct Associate Professor Casey has held executive leadership roles within Queensland Health since 1997 and is currently serving as the Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services for the Metro South Hospital and Health Service. Her experience and expertise in the nursing profession extends to national and international platforms, holding membership on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, serving as an International Magnet Commissioner for the American Nurses Credentialing Centre from 2010 to December 2017, and past contribution to the Australian Quality and Safety Commission.
Senator Richard Di Natale
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Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator for Victoria
Dr Richard Di Natale is the leader of the Australian Greens. He was elected to the federal parliament in 2010 and re-elected in 2016. He was the Greens’ first Victorian Senator. His portfolios include health, multiculturalism and sport.
Prior to entering parliament, Richard was a general practitioner and public health specialist. He worked in Aboriginal health in the Northern Territory, on HIV prevention in India and in the drug and alcohol sector. His key health priorities include preventative health, public dental care and responding to the health impacts of climate change.
Richard’s achievements in parliament so far include securing almost $5 billion towards Medicare-funded dentistry, winning a campaign to divest $250 million worth of tobacco stocks from the Future Fund, and spearheading campaigns into many issues of public significance such as dying with dignity, medicinal cannabis, and drug law reform. He is the co-convenor of the Parliamentary Friends for Drug Policy and Law Reform, the Parliamentary Friends of West Papua and the Parliamentary Friends of Medicine.
Dr Drew Dwyer PhD FACN CFJBI
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Consultant Gerontologist, Adjunct Associate Professor UQSoNMWSW
Dr Drew Dwyer has earned a reputation for being one of the most dynamic and passionate consultants in learning and development for the health care sector. He draws on 20 years’ experience from both his extensive nursing, military and academic backgrounds to inform and shape his style of learning and clinical leadership. He has a particular interest in the development and use of multidisciplinary health care teams and is dedicating the rest of his career to supporting and leading nurses to become strong and empowering leaders in healthcare.
Dr Drew is an author, keynote speaker and Entreprenurse. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing, a Clinical Fellow of the JBI and holds an Adjunct Associate Professor role at the UQSoNMWSW. He is passionate about Nurse Lead Gerontology (the study of the ageing process and its impact on the individual, the society, and the multidisciplinary healthcare practices needed to meet clinical care, and service delivery outcomes). Drew believes in the competencies of Clinical Leadership as a foundation skill for all health professionals.
Mrs Marilyn Gendek MA MN DipTeachNsg DipFamHist RN FACN
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Marilyn has been practising in the nursing profession for over 40 years. She completed her initial nursing course at Auckland Public Hospital in New Zealand and her career in the profession since then has been extensive and varied. She has practised as an oncology nursing specialist, having obtained a qualification at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London; as a nurse educator, teaching a range of programs from hospitals to Universities as well as being an inaugural academic with the transfer of nurse education in NSW in 1985; as a nursing regulator in Queensland, nationally and internationally including Chief Executive Officer of the former Australian Nursing Council.
Today, Marilyn is a non-clinical nurse who combines her nursing consultancy in continuing professional development with a passion for researching ephemera and stamps related to nursing, as well as nursing history and family history. She has presented on and published several articles in this area and exhibited in philatelic events nationally and internationally. Marilyn is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and Chairperson of its History Community of Interest.
Hon Greg Hunt MP
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Greg was elected as the Federal Member for Flinders in 2001, and became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage and then Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Greg was Shadow Environment Minister from 2007-2013 and Minister for the Environment from September 2013 until July 2016. His key achievements in this role were establishing the Emissions Reduction Fund, developing the Great Barrier Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan and the $1 billion Reef Fund.
In 2016 he was selected as the inaugural Best Minister in the World recipient at the World Government Summit.
Greg was appointed Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science in July 2016 and was responsible for implementing the Government’s innovation agenda and ensuring support for Australian jobs.
In January 2017, Greg was appointed Minister for Health. Greg is incredibly passionate about the health portfolio and his vision is to ensure Australia has the best health care system in the world.
Greg is guaranteeing Australians’ access to health services and affordable medicines with the Medicare Guarantee Fund and investment in medical research.
Mental health is an issue that is particularly important to Greg. Mental health touches nearly every family in Australia and he is making this a focus of his role as Health Minister.
Ms Catherine King MP
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Federal Member for Ballarat, Shadow Minister for Health & Medicare
Catherine King was first elected to Federal Parliament in 2001 to represent the electorate of Ballarat. She was re-elected as member at subsequent Federal Elections in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.
Ms King was appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the portfolios of Health and Ageing and Infrastructure and Transport in the Gillard Government following the 2010 election. As such she held responsibility in the Health portfolio for nine health regulatory agencies including: the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Food Standards Australia New Zealand and the Organ and Tissue Authority and in the Transport portfolio for national road safety policy and regional aviation.
On 25 March 2013, Ms King was elevated to the roles of Minister for Regional Services, Local Communities and Territories and Minister for Road Safety in the Gillard Government. Ms King was subsequently promoted to Cabinet on 1 July 2013, as Minister for Regional Australia, Local Government and Territories in the Rudd Government.
On 18 October 2013, Ms King was appointed to the role of Shadow Minister for Health in the Shadow Cabinet led by the Hon. Bill Shorten. She holds a Degree in Social Work and a Masters in Public Policy from the Australian National University and is currently completing a law degree from Deakin University.
Ms King worked in the social welfare sector in Ballarat and later in the public sector in Canberra, as an assistant director for the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care and then as a director. Prior to entering Parliament she was a senior manager at KPMG’s Health Consulting Practice.
Ms Dell Lovett MACN
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Dell is a novice researcher with an extensive background in nursing, men’s health, diabetes and immunisation in primary health care settings and is currently a PhD Candidate at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Australia. Her primary research focus is primary health care providers’ practice in men’s health. Her current research study is exploring advanced primary health care providers’ experiences of good practice in men’s health in Australia.
She is a member of the Australian College of Nursing, the Practice Nurse Education Reference Group of Andrology Australia, a member of the Global Action for Men’s Health (GAMH),) and a member of the Australian Men’s Health Forum.
Dell is passionate about improving men’s health outcomes and access to male specific health primary health care services and programs.
Adjunct Professor Shelley Nowlan RN, BN, MHM, Grad Dip PM, MAICD and FACN
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Shelley has over 30 years’ experience in a range of health settings and experiences.
Shelley is a people orientated nurse leader who is experienced in clinical innovation, leading strategic planning and significant nursing workforce commissioning.
Shelley has a significant interest in supporting rural and regional communities to ensure nurses and midwives are able to meet the needs of a contemporary healthcare system in these areas.
Her strong advocacy for nursing and midwifery informs policy development at state and National level, clinical practice innovation, research and workforce development.
Dr Michael Riordan PhD MBA MPhil BA Dip Ed
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Dr Riordan is a Senior Policy Advisor to the Hon Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.
He formerly worked for the Minister in the Health portfolio, where his responsibilities included managing financial operations and budgets, contract management and performance, and strategic policy, including managing outpatients and elective surgery waiting lists.
Dr Riordan also had responsibility for the implementation of the Government’s nursing reforms, including the legislation of Nurse-to-Patient ratios, the introduction of the Nursing Guarantee ensuring a year’s employment for new nurse graduates and the roll out of the Refresh Nursing initiative, which will deliver four hundred nurse navigators into the Queensland health system by 2019.
Dr Riordan has also worked in education, television and private industry.
Ms Carren Smith
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A powerhouse of positivity and success, Carren Smith inspires transformation and a new way of thinking.
Well known as one of Australia’s most exciting and dynamic motivational speakers, Carren captivates her audience with humour, energy and genuine engagement!
Having spoken for groups from 20 to 20,000, Carren leaves her audience feeling inspired to take action and make positive changes in their life, their business and in their relationships.
Carren is a dynamic leader, a motivator and a survivor. She is an author, a trainer and a keynote speaker.
As a survivor of the 2002 Bali Bombing along with many other challenges which include the suicide of her De Facto and the personal impact of the 2004 Tsunami on her family, Carren’s comprehension of value, time, creativity and the meaning of life, charges her presentations with passion, credibility and a deep and genuine commitment to extraordinary achievements for people.
Her unique training programs and motivational speaking events have transformed the lives of thousands who have now found their voices, and their own sense of purpose and success through Carren Smith’s message.
Ms Shauna Wilson MACN
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Shauna is an Enrolled Nurse currently providing primary healthcare to our Defence Members for Medibank- Garrison Health Services at Simpson Army Barracks. Prior nursing was at Werribee Mercy Hospital on a Geriatric Evaluation Management (GEM, TCP, Rehabilitation) ward. The majority of Shauna’s experience is within the sub-acute environment.
Before Shauna took up nursing she has enjoyed employment roles in very diverse environments, witnessing both the positives and negatives of diversity and acceptance such as roles within the Department of Corrections, Department of Defence, Armoured truck industry and various retail job roles.
Dr Anne Woods
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Dr. Anne Dabrow Woods is the Chief Nurse of the Health, Learning, Research and Practice division of Wolters Kluwer, a global information company that produces and publishes Lippincott journals, practice and education books, information and software products, products from the Joanna Briggs institute, Lippincott Nursing Center, Lippincott Solutions, Ovid Technologies, and UpToDate. Dr. Dabrow Woods is also the publisher of the American Journal of Nursing and is responsible for setting the nursing and evidence-based strategy for the company.
A nurse for over 34 years, and a board-certified nurse practitioner since 1998, Dr. Dabrow Woods’ expertise includes implementing evidence into practice to improve workflow, and acute and primary care nursing practice. Practicing every weekend as an acute care/critical care nurse practitioner for Penn Medicine, Chester County Hospital, she also serves as adjunct faculty in the graduate nursing program at Drexel University and she precepts nurse practitioner students.
Dr. Dabrow Woods speaks globally on many clinical topics including using the best available evidence and technology to improve practice, patient outcomes, and global health. She received a Bachelor’s Degree (BSN) from West Chester University, a Master’s Degree (MSN) from LaSalle University, a Post-Master’s Certificate from Drexel University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from Texas Christian University, Dr. Woods has received numerous awards for writing, research, and publishing, and was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow in 2016.