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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 as determined by the National Committee.

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 2017 to 2018

Appointed at the AGM on 20 October 2017

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: Vivienne Whitehead, Angela Casey, Cassandra Prezioso
Conference Coordinator: Jane Roxburgh

President: A/Prof Karen Walker - NSW
E-mail: president@acnn.org.au

Karen Walker is a Clinical Associate Professor with both Sydney Nursing and Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. She is a Clinical Research Fellow in Grace Centre for Newborn Care at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and a Senior Research Fellow with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation. Karen was awarded her PhD in 2011 for her thesis entitled “Neurodevelopmental outcome at one year of age of infants who have undergone early major cardiac or non-cardiac surgery” and continues  her research on the neurodevelopmental outcomes for infants admitted to neonatal intensive care units.

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 - VIC


Treasurer: Dr Karen New - QLD

RN, PhD 

E-mail: treasurer@acnn.org.au

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)

 E-mail: thesecretary@acnn.org.au

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, family centred care and professional aspects of neonatal nursing.

Professional Officer: Dr Linda Ng - QLD

E-mail: theprofessionalofficer@acnn.org.au 


Ordinary Members:

Angela Casey (NSW)
Vivienne Whitehead (NSW)
Cassandra Prezioso (VIC)

College Representatives

International Liaison: Dr Karen New, QLD

Updated 21 Oct 2017