National Committee & Representatives
ACNN holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) each year during the Annual National Conference. Nominations for National Committee office-bearer and ordinary committee member positions are called for prior to the AGM, with voting taking place at the AGM. All committee positions become vacant each year and therefore are open to all members to nominate for a position. The National Committee comprises the office-bearers and ordinary committee members. There may be additional members for specific roles. See Appointment to national committee policy.
The National Committee has a full day face-to-face meeting in association with the National Conference and teleconferences monthly. Additional face-to-face meetings may be arranged if required.
The committee for 2016 to 2017
Appointed at the AGM on 22 September 2016
President: A/Prof Karen Walker
Vice President: Dr Jennifer Dawson
Secretary and Public Officer: Shelley Reid
Treasurer: Dr Karen New
Assistant Treasurer: Samantha Lannan
Ordinary Members: Jane Roxburgh, Vivienne Whitehead, Linda Ng
Professional Officer: casual vacancy until re-appointment is made
President: A/Prof Karen Walker - NSW
Karen is interested in mentoring and developing leadership skills in neonatal nurses. As the president of ACNN, Karen is very much enjoying working with the executive, branches, special interest groups and members of ACNN to promote the profession of neonatal nursing.
Vice President: Dr Jennifer Dawson - Victoria
Treasurer: Dr Karen New - QLD
Karen is a Clinical Academic Fellow at the University of Queensland and the Royal Brisbane &Women’s Hospital, Brisbane Australia. Karen was awarded her PhD in April 2012. Her thesis investigated the timing of transfer of premature infants from incubators to open cots.
Karen is actively involved in not-for-profit associations such as The Council of International Neonatal Nurses (current President); the Cochrane Collaboration and a Director of Cochrane Innovations; and the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, the peak multi-disciplinary scientific society for perinatal care.Karen is very interested in developing visiting programs to developing countries to provide education to neonatal nurses to improve outcomes for neonates and their families.
Assistant Treasurer: Samantha Lannan - QLD
Secretary and Public Officer: Shelley Reid - NSW
RN RM BAppSc(Nursing), BA(Psych), Postgrad Dip Editing & Publishing, MPH(Health Promotion)
Shelley has a background in neonatal nursing and currently works as a clinical audit and research clinical nurse specialist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Newborn Care in Sydney. She was founding editor for Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing in 1998 and continues to work as a freelance editor. Her particular interests revolve around developmentally supportive care for the preterm neonate, the psychological aspects of preterm infants within families, and professional aspects of neonatal nursing.
Professional Officer: temporarily vacant
Inquiries to the Professional Officer will be answered by another National Committee member until a new appointment is made.
Vivienne Whitehead (NSW)
Linda Ng (Qld)