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Annual Professional Conference 2021

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Dr Adam Boughey Hon Mark Butler MP Connie Bonaros MLC Nurse Georgie Carroll Howard Catton Adj Assoc Prof Elizabeth Dabars AM Prof Kathy Eagar Prof Marion Eckert Tammy Franks MLC Prof John Glover Lesley Hayes Kuma Kaaru Dance Group Prof Wilf McSherry Adj Assoc Prof John Mendoza Hon Peter Malinauskas MP Linda Silas Dr Norman Swan


Dr Adam Boughey

Dr. Adam J. Boughey currently works full-time as a Lecturer in Adult Nursing and Post-Doctoral Researcher at Staffordshire University, UK. Adam previously worked as a Research Associate and Project Manager for the EPICC project ( Having originally trained as an Adult Nurse in 2004 at Keele University, and worked in both primary (community) and secondary (acute) care, Adam attended Staffordshire University to read psychology (2008-2011) and subsequently health psychology (2011-2019).

In addition to his nursing qualification, Adam gained a first-class BSc (Hons) in Psychology, followed by distinction for his MSc in Health Psychology, and completion of his Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology (DHealthPsy). Adam is currently registered with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and registered with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Health Psychologist. Adam is also a Graduate Member (MBPsS) and Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Hon Mark Butler MP

Mark Butler has been a Labor Member in the Federal Parliament since 2007 and is the Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing. He served as the Member for Port Adelaide from 2007 – 2019 and after a federal redistribution, which saw the abolition of the seat of Port Adelaide, he was elected the Member for Hindmarsh.

Mark served as Minister for Ageing and Australia’s first Minister for Mental Health in the Gillard Government. He has also held the ministries of Housing, Homelessness, Social Inclusion, Climate Change, Water and the Environment.

Before Mark was elected to Parliament, he worked for some of the most disadvantaged people in the community as an official with United Voice for over 15 years, including 11 years as State Secretary.

In 2003 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to trade unionism.

In 2013 Mark was awarded the Alzheimer’s Disease International Award for Outstanding Global Contribution to the Fight Against Dementia.

Mark served as President of the South Australian Branch of the ALP from 1997- 1998 and as a member of the ALP National Executive from 2000 to 2014. He served as Labor’s National President from 2015-2018; he is currently the Senior Vice President.

Mark is the author of Advanced Australia - The Politics of Ageing, published in 2015; and Climate Wars, published in 2017.

Mark holds a First Class Honours Law degree, an Arts degree and a Master’s degree in International Relations. He lives in Grange, and has two children. He is a keen supporter of Port Adelaide Football Club.

Connie Bonaros MLC

Connie was elected to the Legislative Council at the 2018 state election. She has worked for SA Best for over 12 years.

Connie graduated from the University of Adelaide in Law with Honours, before being admitted to legal practice in 2003. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Modern Greek and Social Politics.

She has worked as key senior adviser at both state and federal levels of parliament. Most recently, she has worked as Chief of Staff to Senator Stirling Griff.

Connie is committed and driven to working directly with people on issues that affect their lives. She believes a little bit of political will can go a long way in changing the lives of ordinary South Australians and is resolute in her determination to make that happen.

Nurse Georgie Carroll

Australia's funniest nurse, Georgie Carroll will be bringing the lols to the ANMF (SA Branch) Annual Professional Conference. Author of ''Off the Charts'' and creator of the viral stand up clip ''3 stages of Nursing'' is happy to show you her funniest bits in this session. You won't be learning, you will be stitches, the good kind.

Howard Catton

Howard was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in February 2019.

He is committed to ensure that ICN effectively represents nursing worldwide, advances the nursing profession, promotes the wellbeing of nurses and advocates for health in all policies. He firmly believes that nurses should be at the heart of health policy decision making and leading healthcare systems and delivery.

Howard joined ICN in April 2016 as the Director, Nursing, Policy and Programmes. His team led the development of ICN policy and position statements. He also co-ordinated ICN Programmes and projects and oversaw the development of scientific programmes for ICN events.

Howard qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1988 and held a variety of nursing posts in England and the United States and worked for the New Zealand Nurses Organisation. He studied Social Policy at Cardiff University (BSc Econ Hons) and Industrial Relations at Warwick University (MA) and then worked as a Personnel and Organisational Change Manager in the National Health Service in the UK. For 10 years Howard was Head of Policy & International Affairs at the Royal College of Nursing in the UK.

Adj Assoc Professor Elizabeth Dabars AM

Elizabeth is passionate about promoting and advancing the professional and industrial interests of nurses, midwives and personal care assistants.

CEO/Secretary since March 2008, Elizabeth works tirelessly to achieve the goals of ANMF (SA Branch) and to create a future that our members seek and so justly deserve.

Elizabeth worked as a personal care assistant during her undergraduate years, starting her career as a Registered Nurse in both metropolitan and country health settings upon completion of her degree.

After becoming increasingly concerned with a range of professional and workplace issues, Elizabeth completed further degrees in education and law. She has acted as an ANMF (SA Branch) Worksite Representative, Organiser, Industrial Officer and, since graduating from law, a Solicitor with ANMF (SA Branch) and Duncan Basheer Hannon, providing legal advice to many ANMF (SA Branch) members.

In addition to her qualifications in nursing, education and law, Elizabeth also holds qualifications in leadership and governance. Her academic status is held with Flinders University.

In the 2014 Elizabeth was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of significant service to medical administration, particularly to nursing and midwifery, and to community and mental health organisations.

Professor Kathy Eagar

Professor Kathy Eagar is Professor of Health Services Research and Director of the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) at the University of Wollongong.

AHSRI has a team of over 60 researchers and includes six research centres. Among these are, the Centre for Health Research Illawarra Shoalhaven Population (CHRISP), and three national patient outcome centres - the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC), the Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) and the electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Collaboration (ePPOC). She has authored over 500 papers on management, quality, outcomes, information systems and funding of the Australia and New Zealand health and community care systems.

Professor Eagar has undertaken extensive work in the aged care system over the last two decades. Most recently she led the design of the new Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) and funding model for residential aged care and undertook research commissioned by the Aged Care Royal Commission into the adequacy of residential aged care staffing. Based on that research, the Aged Care Royal Commission recommended mandated staffing ratios and a 5 start public reporting system for aged care.

Professor Marion Eckert

Foundation Director, Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre (RBRC) a partnership between the University of South Australia, ANMF (SA Branch) and the Rosemary Bryant Foundation.  The RBRC aims to strengthen the nursing & midwifery workforce across the health system through the support and development of evidence-based healthcare.

Inaugural Professor of Cancer Nursing in SA, University of South Australia and Adjunct Professor Flinders University.

Marion brings more than 30 years’ experience in health care, she does not have a traditional academic background, but one that has been embedded in direct health service delivery, strategy, implementation science and translational research. She has worked in various roles including executive positions in South Australia across, public, private and not for profit sector. She is committed to building research capacity amongst nurses and midwives to be a driving force for evidence informed care.

Tammy Franks MLC

Tammy Franks MLC has been a Greens Member of SA's State Parliament's Upper House since her election in 2010

She sits alongside Mark Parnell MLC, Greens Leader who was elected in 2006. Tammy’s portfolios reflect her background in the human rights and community sector and include Water and the River Murray, Education, Health, Aboriginal Affairs, Communities and Social Inclusion, Industrial Relations, Emergency Services, Animal Welfare and Gender and Sexuality. She also sits on a number of standing and select Committees including the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee and the Transforming Health Select Committee.

Tammy’s parliamentary highlights include fighting for cancer compensation for CFS firefighters, removing the criminalisation of those who care for mentally ill friends and family, putting reparations for Stolen Generations on the parliamentary agenda and securing the inquiry that led to the Government scheme, legalising Industrial hemp and winning recognition for rainbow families. Tammy is proud to fight for a fairer future and to be part of a Party that stand on principle in the parliament and are not afraid to bring on the difficult, but necessary, debates on issues such as voluntary euthanasia the old parties would rather avoid.

Professor John Glover

John Glover is Director of PHIDU, the Public Health Information Development Unit, at Torrens University.

PHIDU is best known for the Social Health Atlases which provide information to describe and monitor the extent of associations between health status and socioeconomic disadvantage in Australia.

He worked in the SA Health Commission and its variously-titled successors from 1979, where the first Social Health Atlas was produced for South Australia, until 1999, when PHIDU was established with funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health, funding that continues today.

Lesley Hayes

Lesley Hayes is a Lecturer in Nursing at Staffordshire University, UK. She qualified as an Adult Nurse in 2005 and worked in Community until joining the University full-time in 2008. Prior to training as a Nurse, Lesley gained a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Applied Social Science in 1983, and completed an MA in Applied Research Methods in 1987.

Following completion of her MA she worked in research as a Research Associate/Research Fellow over the next 10 years in several Universities across England. Most notably she worked within PSSRU at the University of Kent and Hester Adrian Research Unit at the University of Manchester. Here she focused on evaluation of services for people with a learning disability. She has also worked on a European wide study investigating family management of children’s asthma whilst working as a Research Fellow at Keele University. She has a keen interest in self-neglect.

In 2012, Lesley was awarded a travel scholarship by the Florence Nightingale Foundation to visit leading self-neglect researchers in America and Spain, and currently remains an alumnus of the Foundation. Lesley is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Kuma Kaaru Dance Group

Kuma Kaaru Aboriginal Dance Group means One Blood in Kaurna language, the group represents many Aboriginal groups and are a family group to empower our mob.

Professor Wilf McSherry

Wilfred McSherry: is a Professor in Nursing working in a joint appointment between Department of Nursing, School of Health and Social Care, Staffordshire University and the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust United Kingdom and part‐time Professor at VID University College, Bergen, Norway.

Wilf has had a career in nursing working as a Registered Nurse primarily within Acute Hospital Care with a focus upon care of the older person and end of life care. His interest in the spiritual dimension developed alongside a realisation that this aspect of care was neglected and forgotten by some healthcare professionals. He has published extensively in this field with several books and many articles addressing different aspects of the spiritual dimension. In 2010 Wilf led on a piece of work for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) exploring members perceptions of spirituality.

Wilf is a founding and executive member of the International Network for the Study of Spirituality (Formerly British Association for The Study of Spirituality) and a Principal Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. In 2012 he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing for his unique contribution to nursing in the areas of spirituality and dignity. Wilf co‐led a European project titled Enhancing Nurses Competence in Providing Spiritual Care through InnovationEducation and Compassionate Care (EPICC) website.

Adj Assoc Professor John Mendoza

John Mendoza is a leading mental health and suicide prevention expert, senior executive, academic and advocate. His most recent position at Central Adelaide Hospital Network and Prison Health SA, where he was responsible for provision of 40% of the state’s mental health services, led more than 1,000 staff and managed a budget of nearly $165m. His position was terminated within hours of speaking publicly on the parlous state of South Australia’s mental health services, his obligations for the wellbeing of staff and failure of the state’s most senior health bureaucrats to urgently address systemic issues. John has held other executive positions including:

  • Founding Director of ConNetica (mental health and suicide prevention social enterprise)
  • CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia
  • CEO and Deputy CEO of the Australian Sports Drug Agency (a Commonwealth Statutory Authority)
  • South Australia’s representative on the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse Steering Committee and;
  • Inaugural Chair of the National Advisory Council on Mental Health under the Rudd Government.

He is presently Adj. Professor in Health and Sports Science University of the Sunshine Coast and Adj. Associate Professor, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney.

Hon Peter Malinauskas MP

As a firm believer in the importance of family and community Peter has spent all of his working life working with both employees and employers in the retail industry to find a balance that benefits all South Australian’s.

After completing a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Adelaide and prior to entering the Legislative Council, Peter was the State Secretary of the SDA. In this role he was the driver behind the historic changes to shop trading hours in the CBD and the creation of two part-day day public holidays on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. He has also previously completed a bachelor of commerce from the University of Adelaide.

In Peter’s spare time, he can often be found at a Port Power game or out on the footy field with his beloved Adelaide Uni (The Blacks).

Peter’s great love is his family. He and his wife, Annabel, have a son, Jack, and daughter, Sophie.

Linda Silas

President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Union (CFNU), she is 5-foot feminist dynamo with a soft heart and strong stomach who is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives.

Linda has fine-tuned her skills as a union leader at the local, provincial, national and international levels over the course of two decades. Starting her tenure as a full-time labour activist as the single mom of a 13-month-old son has shaped Linda in a very distinctive way. Linda has earned a reputation for being a caring listener who is focused and solution-oriented in everything she does.

Linda champions greater understanding and action on the social determinants of health and key policies that will enhance socio-economic equity, including a national pharmacare program and justice for Indigenous communities. 

Linda was previously the President of the New Brunswick Nurses Union (NBNU) for 10 years. Linda is a graduate of l’Université de Moncton, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and has practiced in the ICU, emergency, and labour and delivery.

Linda believes health care, like education and decent work, is a human right. She embodies the CFNU motto “Where knowledge meets know-how.”

Dr Norman Swan

Dr Norman Swan is Australia’s most respected health journalist, broadcaster and commentator and is in high demand as a facilitator and speaker.

Dr Norman Swan has emerged as the go to health correspondent during the COVID19 pandemic and is regarded as one of the most trusted voices in the country on Coronavirus. He hosts the daily ABC podcast Coronacast which aims to help answer questions about coronavirus or COVID19.

The podcast breaks down the latest news and research to help the community understand how the world is living through a pandemic. Dr Norman Swan hosts The Health Report on the ABC’s Radio National, a regular panelist on The Drum and a guest reporter on Four Cornerson ABC Television. The Health Report is the world’s longest running health programme in the English speaking world and Norman has won many awards for his work including Australia’s top prize for journalism, the Gold Walkley.

Norman trained in medicine in Scotland and paediatrics in London and Sydney before joining the ABC and has hosted many other programmes on radio and television. He was the medical host on Channel Ten’s Biggest Loser for six seasons and two of his recent Four Corners have had a high impact. One of was on waste in the health care system and the other changed the debate about doctors’ out of pocket charges. Norman has consulted to the World Health Organisation, co chaired a global meeting of health ministers in Bamako West Africa and has been the Australian correspondent for both the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Norman has a range of topics on health and wellbeing based on his many years covering the latest in medical research. He is also a highly experienced facilitator who can tackle the most specialised of conferences and panels and challenge ideas and issues to take the discussion to a new level. Norman is also able to tailor his topics to specific audiences and event briefs.


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