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The Council is governed by an Executive Committee consisting of four office-bearers – the Chair, the Deputy Chair/Secretary, the Immediate Past Chair and the Treasurer – one New Zealand member and three ordinary members.


Executive Committee

Professor Tracey Moroney - Chair

Professor Tracey Moroney is the Head of School at the University of Wollongong, School of Nursing, Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health and has been a CDNM Executive member since 2014. She is a Registered Nurse, having completed her PhD in 2007 exploring the nature of advanced practice nursing, with a focus on the development of a conceptual framework of expert. Her recent research interests are focused on early career nurses and how they are supported in their transition to practice. Tracey has held senior appointments at Concord Hospital and the University of Sydney and has extensive experience in both undergraduate and postgraduate nurse education especially in the areas of clinical skill development, advanced and reflective practice and research methods.

Prof Karen Strickland

Associate Professor Stephen Neville - New Zealand member

Professor Stephen Neville is Head of Department (Nursing) at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand where he is responsible for the strategic, academic and operational leadership and management of the discipline, and is tasked with advancing nursing at a local, national and international level. He has extensive experience as an academic and researcher in nursing, and has held senior academic positions in a variety of tertiary education institutions in New Zealand. Stephen has a strong clinical background in gerontology and has taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as supervising graduate students undertaking masterate and doctoral theses. Stephen's research interests relate to the health and well-being of communities, particularly marginalised populations' encompassing sexual minority groups and older citizens, as well as health workforce development. He is the Co-Director of the AUT Centre for Active Ageing. The dissemination of research outputs are in quality assured forums including refereed journals and conferences. He is an editor for the Journal of Clinical Nursing and is a Fellow and life member of the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ).

Executive Members

Associate Professor Leah East

Associate Professor Leah East is an experienced Registered Nurse and a senior academic within the School of Health at the University of New England. Leah completed her PhD in 2009 and has an established research portfolio primarily focused on vulnerable populations within the context of nursing. Her teaching and course experience is vast extending across undergraduate, postgraduate and higher research degree university programs. Associate Professor East has also been an active member of a number of executive boards for the purpose of leadership, strategic planning and addressing community needs.

Professor Karen Francis

Professor Karen Francis is the head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, Charles Sturt University. She is recognised nationally and internationally for her contribution to the development of the discipline of rural nursing. Her research and publication agendas have focused on exploring the realities of nursing in rural environments, health workforce, preparation for practice, emergent contexts of practice, and rural population health issues. Karen contributes to the development of nursing, in particular rural nursing, through her role as Chair of the Australian College of Nursing Rural Nurses and Midwives.

Professor Deborah Hatcher

Professor Karen Francis is the head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, Professor Deborah Hatcher is the Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Provost Parramatta campus at Western Sydney University. Deborah is a registered nurse and experienced academic with 30 years of program co-ordination and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Deborah’s research and scholarly interests include ageing and aged care, chronic illness and primary health care. She continues to supervise BN (Honours), Masters of Research and PhD students. Deborah is regularly invited to review domestic and overseas nursing programs given her extensive experience in curriculum development and quality assurance. Prior to her nursing career Deborah was a school teacher. A Summer position as an AIN in a local aged care facility led her to a career in nursing, training and working at Concord Hospital before entering academia. Professor Hatcher is a member of several local health district research and education committees, a member of the Australian College of Nursing and has been a member of CDNM since 2016.

Professor Lisa McKenna

Lisa McKenna is Professor and Head in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe University. Her professional clinical background is as Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife. Lisa has extensive experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate nurses, midwives and other health professionals, as well as extensive experience in curriculum development. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research, and Editorial Advisor for Nurse Education Today.

Lisa has researched and published extensively in educational research in nursing, midwifery and health professions, in particular in the areas of interprofessional education, simulation, graduate transition to practice, and peer-assisted learning. Her current research is particularly focused around peer-assisted learning, simulation and nursing curricula. Lisa has over 180 publications in international refereed journals and many conference presentations. In addition, she has significant experience in successful supervision of honours, masters and doctoral research students in nursing, midwifery and other health professions.

To date, Lisa has published eight successful textbooks, including: Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Health Professions, and Fundamentals of Nursing and Midwifery Research: A Practical Guide for Evidence-Based Practice, as well as a number of book chapters. In 2012, she received an Australian Educational Publishing Awards for Best Tertiary (Adaptations) Teaching and Learning Resource for her textbook Pharmacology for Nursing and Midwifery. In 2012, she and a colleague were awarded the Monash University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Programs that Enhance Learning for work into peer teaching and learning. Lisa has been regularly invited to present her work nationally and internationally, including in Indonesia, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia.

Executive Officer

Ms Nicole Stanes

Phone: (+61) 3 9904 4366

Email: executive@cdnm.edu.au

Policy Officer

Liza Edwards

Liza Edwards is an experienced health policy advisor with a decade of experience as a Principal Nursing Adviser in the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at both the Australian Government Department of Health and NSW Health providing high-level health policy advice to the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers, Departments of Health And Office of Health Ministers. She has over 20 years clinical experience primarily in emergency and paediatric nursing and over the last 10 years has been passionate about the role of the nursing profession in developing and analysing health policy at both the State and Federal level. Liza was a candidate in the initial Victorian Emergency Nurse Practitioner Project and subsequently practiced in the UK as a nurse practitioner in urgent care for the NHS. She holds a postgraduate diploma in advanced clinical practice, master’s degrees in nurse practitioner studies and health service planning and management and is an honorary lecturer at the University of Sydney. During 2019, Liza was the Project Lead for the Independent Review of Nursing Education undertaken by Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz.

Communications & PR Advisor

Ms Amanda Rowe

Phone: (+61) 3 9904 4031

“The council’s purpose is to represent the disciplines of nursing and midwifery in Australia and New Zealand in universities.”








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