National Nursing Forum 2019

Keynote Speakers

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Sharon Bown

Sharon Bown

Keynote speaker

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Sharon Bown is a Member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial and a Returned Service Nurse, having served in the Royal Australian Air Force as a Nursing Officer for over 16 years, retiring at the rank of Wing Commander in 2015. With a Bachelor of Nursing and a Bachelor of Psychological Science, Sharon is a passionate advocate within the field of military and veteran’s health. She demonstrates a unique insight into the welfare and healthcare needs of those adversely affected by trauma, and promotes a healthcare approach which promotes post traumatic growth, believing that a crisis should never be wasted. Wing Commander Bown is the author of One Woman’s War and Peace: a nurse’s journey in the Royal Australian Air Force; and a highly sought-after Keynote Speaker, guiding individuals and communities to rise with resilience in the face of adversity.

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John G Kelly AM

John G Kelly AM

Keynote speaker

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Adjunct Professor John G Kelly AM is the Group CEO of the Heart Foundation of Australia.

Most recently he spent four years as CEO of Aged & Community Services Australia – a peak body for the non-profit providers of community and residential aged care.

John has extensive experience on national non-profit boards including periods as Chair of the Smith Family, Royal College of Nursing Australia and Uniting Care Aging (NSW & ACT).

In 2009 he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) as well as receiving the Alumni Award for Excellence from UTS. In 2010 John was appointed by the Federal Government as Commonwealth Aged Care Commissioner.

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Dr Warrick Bishop

Dr Warrick Bishop

Keynote speaker

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Dr Warrick Bishop is a practicing cardiologist, best-selling author, and keynote speaker who has a passion to help prevent heart disease on a global scale.

Warrick graduated from the University of Tasmania, School of Medicine, in 1988. He completed his advanced training in cardiology in Hobart, Tasmania, becoming a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians.

Dr Warrick Bishop believes that the more precise we can be in the information we have in regard to a patient’s heart health and real risk of heart attack, the better we can look after that person.

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