Adjunct Professor (Practice) Alison J McMillan commenced as the Australian Government Department of Health’s Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer in November 2019. Alison is a Registered Nurse with a Critical Care Nursing Certificate, a Bachelor Degree in Education, a Master of Business Administration and was awarded a National Emergency Medal in recognition of service following the 2009 Victorian Bushfires. She is an experienced executive manager with more than 30 years’ experience across the public health system. Alison has held senior executive roles in government and health services within Victoria including the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer and Director of Quality, Safety and Patient Experience. Alison is a member of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee contributing to key advice provided to the National Cabinet during the COVID-19 pandemic and, as a member of the Infection Control Expert Group providing advice and information on best practice on infection prevention and control in the community, hospitals, aged care, schools and community sport. Alison has been a part of a team providing communication to the community, which is clear, honest, and compassionate. In mid-February, Alison was the nurse team leader for an Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) deployed to repatriate Australian’s from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship in Japan. Alison has collaborated with state and territory Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers and other key stakeholders including the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Australian College of Nursing, Australian College of Midwives and Australian College of Critical Care Nurses to ensure sufficient nursing and midwifery capability and capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor Christine Duffield
is a Professor of Nursing and Health Services Management in the Faculty of Health at UTS; and is the President of the Australian College of Nursing. Her research focuses on nurse staffing and the use of nurses, nursing leadership and a range of current issues facing the nursing workforce. She led the first study in Australia which examined the relationship between nursing numbers, the mix of staff and patient and staff outcomes. Other funded research projects include defining advanced practice in a range of clinical facilities, the impact of adding nursing support workers, the costs and consequences of nursing turnover, factors impacting on nurse’s health and the role of nurse managers and leaders in ensuring positive patient and staff outcomes.

Professor Denise Harrison is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Melbourne, Australia. From 2011 to 2019, she was the Chair in Nursing Care of Children, Youth and Families at the University of Ottawa and Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Canada. Denise leads the Be Sweet to Babies program of research which focuses on improving pain management for neonates, infants and young children in partnership with parents, clinicians, interdisciplinary researchers and trainees. This work includes using social media as a medium for knowledge dissemination. Her team’s parent targeted YouTube videos show ease and effectiveness of performing heel lancing or venipuncture while babies are being breastfed, held skin-skin and given sucrose (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L43y0H6XEH4&feature=youtu.be) and their health-care provider targeted video demonstrates best ergonomics for performing heel lancing while babies are being breastfed or held skin-skin. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpZNwP7bnkg&feature=youtu.be).

Dr Elaine Burns is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Director of Higher Degree Research and Honours in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. Elaine has more than three decades of experience as a clinician, educator and researcher. Her research focusses on midwifery practice, education and women’s experience of maternity care. Elaine’s work is multidisciplinary and collaborative and has enhanced health professional education and led to improvements in maternity care for women, newborn infants, and families. Her work is recognised nationally and internationally, with a robust publication track record and more than 40 peer reviewed publications. Elaine is passionate about improving support for women and families during pregnancy, birth and the early transition to parenting.

Dr Karen Walker, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Sydney, and the Global Women’s Health Program Manager for Australia at The George Institute for Global Health and a Consultant in Neonatal Health with the World Health Organisation.  She is the current President of the Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN), a board member of WHO Partnership for Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health (PMNCH); is working on the revision of the WHO/UNICEF Every Newborn Action Plan and with the WHO on the development of a new Road map - Human Resources for Health: strategies for improving neonatal care capacity in facility settings in low- and middle-income countries. Karen is also passionate about the role of parents and is a board member of the new Global Alliance for Newborn Care (GLANCE) an organisation that aims to create, empower and support a global patient voice in each region of the world.

Associate Professor Jennifer Weller–Newton, FACN is the Director of the Rural Health Academic Network, University Department of Rural Health, Melbourne University. Jennifer is Chair, Australian College of Nursing Victoria Network. She has been recipient of ARC project funding which focused on workplace learning in healthcare where she led the development of new conceptual model of workplace learning and a survey tool to measure the clinical workplace learning culture. She also has interests in interprofessional learning, professional practice knowledge, work readiness, reflective practice, curriculum, and pedagogical innovations. She is an Associate Editor for The Clinical Teacher and Editor for Collegian, and holds a visiting appointment with McMaster University, Canada.

Dr Margaret Broom, RN, RM, PhD, is the Neonatal Research Nurse at the Canberra Neonatal Intensive Care, and an Adj Associate Professor at the University of Canberra. She is the Chair of the Australian College of Neonatal Nurses Research Special Interest Group. Over the past 10 years Marg has been involved in several research projects aimed to improve parental experience during their baby’s admission to the Canberra Unit. These have include creating a developmentally appropriate family centred NICU design, parental presence at clinical bedside rounds, providing a culturally appropriate environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families. Over the past 2 years Marg has been leading an Experience Based Co-Design Study exploring family and staff experiences to improve the Canberra Hospital palliative care service.

Dr Rose Boland is a postdoctoral neonatal nurse researcher and academic. Her research and clinical interests are perinatal epidemiology, neonatal transport and translating neonatal resuscitation research into practice.  Rose is currently leading a five-year program of research aimed at improving outcomes for babies born preterm in non-tertiary hospitals, supported by a Career Development Award from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. In 2019, Rose was seconded to Safer Care Victoria as a Senior Project Officer to lead the development of a statewide guideline for management of extremely preterm births at 22-24 weeks’ gestation.

Roxanne (Roxy) Jones is a Palawa woman, PhD candidate and Research Associate at the Australian National University, and holds an NHMRC postgraduate scholarship. Roxy is an Epidemiologist and Registered Nurse with a passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child and infant health. Roxy has postgraduate qualifications in epidemiology and Indigenous research, as well as undergraduate qualifications in nursing and health sciences (paramedics). Roxy’s background includes working as a Registered Nurse in Paediatric Intensive Care. Roxy is the deputy chair of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM).

Carmen Betterridge is Director and Principal Psychologist with Suicide Risk Assessment Australia, delivering training, supervision and consultation services specific to suicide prevention and workplace psychological health and safety. Carmen co-chairs the Suicide and Workplace Special Interest Group with the International Association of Suicide Prevention and has contributed to systems-based suicide prevention initiatives within NSW Health via the Zero Suicide Australasia Institute. She is Lecturer and Senior Researcher with the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), Griffith University, in addition to co-facilitating training of the Systematic Tailored Assessment for Responding to Suicidality (STARS) Protocol.

Clinical Professor Adrienne Gordon is a senior staff specialist Neonatologist in the RPA Centre for newborn care and Clinical Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Neonatology at the University of Sydney. She trained in paediatrics prior to specialising in neonatal/perinatal medicine and is passionate about the public health impact of a healthy start to life and preventing adverse pregnancy outcome, especially stillbirth.  She completed a Master of Public Health and a PhD on risk factors for stillbirth and is a Chief Investigator on the NHMRC Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence. Adrienne currently leads the Public Awareness work within the Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence which includes campaign design and evaluation and customisation of a mobile health application for an Australian setting. She is a key member of the Safer Baby Bundle initiative which aims to reduce late pregnancy stillbirth in Australia by 20%.

Professor Jeanie Cheong is a Neonatologist with expertise in perinatal neurology, and long-term development of high-risk newborns, especially those born preterm. Jeanie is the principal research fellow and leads the Victorian Infant Collaborative Study, the longest running preterm epidemiological research program in the world. Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine, focused on training and translating research outcomes to practice.

Dr Kate O’Hara is the Lead Pharmacist for Women Youth and Children at the Canberra Hospital. She has over ten years’ experience as a Neonatal Intensive Care Pharmacist and has specialist skills across women’s and children’s pharmacy. Her research interests include neonatal pharmacokinetics and improving drug safety in neonates.

Dr Nicole Highet is the Founder and Executive Director of COPE: Centre of Perinatal Excellence. Nicole has a background in clinical psychology, marketing, campaign development, and advocacy.  Following over thirteen years at Beyond Blue, Nicole founded COPE in 2013 in response to the growth and success of Australia’s National Perinatal Depression Initiative (NPDI).   

COPE has a dedicated focus on the specific issues faced by women, men and their families during pregnancy and the year following birth, in order to reduce the known personal, social and economic costs associated with undiagnosed and untreated perinatal mental health conditions. COPE’s work includes electronic approaches to psycho-education, e-screening platforms, online training, an e-COPE Directory and e-health promotion initiatives, amongst others.