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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 Wendy Cross - Chair

Head, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Building 13 Monash University

Wellington Road CLAYTON VIC 3800

Tel: (+61) 3 9905 4843 Fax: (+61) 3 9905 4837

Email: wendy.cross@monash.edu


Professor Wendy Cross joined Monash University in 2007 as Associate Professor, Mental Health Nursing, in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Prior to commencing her work at Monash Wendy held senior appointments in nursing at Southern Health, Deakin University and the University of Western Sydney.

Wendy has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Advanced Nursing from Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, a Master of Education by research (Ed Psych) from Monash University and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of NSW.

Wendy’s primary research interests include mental health and mental health nursing, clinical supervision, practice development, workplace learning, and broad based research methods including both quantitative and qualitative paradigms. She is currently involved in funded research projects on early psychosis, clinical supervision, evaluation of mental health services and workplace learning.

Associate Professor Tracey Moroney - Deputy Chair

Associate Professor Tracey Moroney is the Dean at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus 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.

Professor Penny Paliadelis - Treasurer

Professor Penny Paliadelis is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health at Federation University Australia. She is a Registered Nurse and her academic and research interests are collaborative interprofessional health education and practice, with a focus on rural workforce capacity-building. Penny has researched and published widely in the areas of nursing management and interprofessional education, and attracted a number of external grants to support this work. Penny has been a member of the CDNM since 2012, and an Executive member and Treasurer since 2013.

Associate Professor Stephen Neville - New Zealand member

Associate 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 the current President of the New Zealand Association of Gerontology and is a Fellow and life member of the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ).

Executive Members

Professor Debra Anderson

Professor Debra Anderson joined Griffith University in late 2015 as Head, School of Nursing and Midwifery.  She is Director and Founder of the Women’s Wellness Research group based at the Menzies Health Institute Queensland. She has a PhD in Social and Preventive Medicine and over twenty-five years’ experience in education and research. Professor Anderson has an extensive record of providing leadership in major administrative, research and managerial roles in the area of global women’s health.

Professor Carol Grech

Professor Carol Grech is the Head of School, Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia, the largest school of its kind in South Australia and one of the largest in Australia.  The School was ranked in the top 50 schools in the world for Nursing in the 2016 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) subject rankings and achieved a score of 5 (well above world standard) in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) round for its research activities, achievements and outputs benchmarked nationally and internationally.. As a leader and driver of the School's strategic direction, Carol is responsible for all aspects of academic and research performance; and plays a key role in internal and external stakeholder engagement as well as supporting and sustaining a high performance one-team culture across the City East, Whyalla and Mt Gambier campuses where the School's undergraduate and postgraduate programs are delivered. Under Professor Grech's leadership, the School has developed a range of aged care programs from short professional development courses to accredited higher degree qualifications that prepare nurses to lead practice in advanced health assessment, clinical decision making, dementia care, wound management, chronic disease management and clinical leadership.

Policy Officer - Ms Jennifer Rabach

Jennifer is an experienced nurse academic from Victoria and her clinical specialty is perioperative nursing. She has focused more recently on grant writing and was awarded a New Colombo Plan Grant as well as several other grants that enabled her to take undergraduate students to Canada and to the Philippines several times.

She has held various professional roles including Education Officer with ACN (formerly RCNA) in Canberra. She is a Past President of the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN).

Jennifer has a strong interest in politics and policy related to health care and was a Ministerial appointment to the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Surgical Services (Vic) for eleven years.

Executive Officer

Ms Nicole Stanes

Phone: (+61) 3 9904 4366

Email: executive@cdnm.edu.au

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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