Professor Lyn Armit

Lyn Armit is a registered nurse who has spent 30 years of her career in nursing education, primarily facility-based education. For the past 16 years Lyn has been the Director of Nursing, Education and Research at Gold Coast Health, and is currently an adjunct Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Gold Coast. 

Among her recent career highlights was her planning role for the new build that is now the Gold Coast University Hospital, and being a nursing leader at Gold Coast Health during the journey to become Australia’s first whole of health service to achieve Magnet Recognition® (April 2020).

In education her research interests include work integrated learning, and in the clinical sphere, her focus is acute care of older persons.

Ms Letitia Del Fabbro 

Ms Letitia Del Fabbro is a registered nurse, academic and active advocate for policy and law reform to promote the health of populations. Letitia is currently a lecturer in the Griffith University School of Nursing and Midwifery. Fifty percent of her role is as an education consultant with the Nursing and Midwifery Education Unit at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.

She is also President of the Public Health Association of Australia, Queensland branch. Letitia’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Nursing, Master of Public Health, and she is in the final stages of completing her doctorate on intersectoral collaboration and capacity building in health promotion. Letitia is passionate about education, workforce capacity development and advocacy, and she publishes in these areas.  She works towards bringing about change to improve health professional education and the health of populations. 

Adjunct Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan PSM

Adjunct Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan PSM was appointed as our Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer in November 2019. Alison is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Business Administration.

As our Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Alison delivers high-level policy advice to the Minister for Health, and the Executive and staff within the Department of Health. She represents us at national and international levels.

A/Professor Frances Lin RN, PhD, FACCCN, SFHEA

Dr Frances Lin is an experienced clinician, educator, and researcher. She currently holds the position of Associate Professor in School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Paramedicine at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. 

Dr Lin is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN). She is a member of ACCCN’s Quality Advisory Panel and the Research Advisory Panel. Frances’ teaching scholarship interests are: using simulation in team training, and teaching and learning with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) students. Her research interest is in implementation science and designing complex interventions to improve patient safety in acute and critical care settings. Dr Lin has published over 60 peer reviewed publications and book chapters. 

Mr David Stewart

David is the nursing and health policy lead for the International Council of Nurses. Prior to this role, he was employed by the Queensland Government as a Director of Nursing in the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer. He has over 22 years experience in private and government health sector. 

David has expertise in a wide variety of strategic areas related to healthcare delivery. David is recognised as a highly influential leader affecting the delivery of healthcare around the world. He is a well-respected strategic thinker and is highly sought after to contribute to major health initiatives and programs of work.

Professor Roianne West PFHEA, PhD, MMHN, RN BN

Professor West has over 25 years of experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and cultural safety education and recently awarded Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy for her sustained and effective record of impact at a strategic level in relation to teaching and learning.

Professor West is Griffith University's School of Nursing and Midwifery’s’ Foundation Professor for First Peoples Health and CEO of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives.  Professor West is committed to Nursing and Midwifery workforce reform in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healthcare including increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives and the cultural safety of the non-Indigenous Nurses and Midwives.

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Dr Annette Woodhouse

Annette is a credentialed mental health nurse, peer reviewer and mentor/trainer (ACMHN) with over 40 years’ experience in a range of mental health clinical, therapeutic and academic contexts.  This includes a particular focus in the specialist areas of child, adolescent and family mental health, eating disorders, early psychosis, personality disorders, alcohol and other drugs and consumer and peer workforce collaborations.  

Her most recent roles include: Nursing Director (Mental Health) Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services and Psychiatric Nurse Consultant Latrobe Regional hospital, Victoria.

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