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Annual Professional Conference 2021

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Dr Adam Boughey Hon Mark Butler MP Rob Bonner Dr Rosemary Bryant AO FACN (DLF) Nurse Georgie Carroll Howard Catton Uncle David 'Tarnda' Copley Megan Corlis Adj Assoc Prof Elizabeth Dabars AM Prof Kathy Eagar Prof Marion Eckert Prof John Glover Lesley Hayes Cathy Leane Prof Wilf McSherry Toni-Marie Rowe 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.

Rob Bonner

Rob Bonner is the Director, Operations & Strategy for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) (SA Branch).

His role includes leadership of the SA Branch’s industrial, education and membership programs. He established the Branch’s registered training organisation, operating under the name of ANMEC (the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Education Centre). He has led the national research exploring aged care staffing arrangements for the ANMF (2016 report) following completion of an earlier study funded by the Commonwealth Government in 2012.

Rob is a former member (2015-18) of the Australian Industry & Skills Committee which provides advice to State and National Governments through the COAG Ministerial Council and regulates Training Packages for all industry sectors. Rob is also the Deputy Chair of the national Aged services Industry reference committee which is working to revise training and education related to the aged care sector in both VET and the University systems.

In addition to the aged care research project completed in 2016 he is also a researcher in a project being undertaken by the ANMF (SA Branch) in collaboration with the University of Adelaide, Central Adelaide LHN and two overseas Universities exploring the impact of single room hospitals on nurses, their practice and on patient outcomes.

He is also Deputy Chair of the Steering Committee, Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre a collaborative research centre established by the ANMF (SA Branch) and the University of South Australia, a Director of the Rosemary Bryant Foundation and a Trustee of Union Legal SA.

Rob is also a member of the Executive of SA Unions.

Dr Rosemary Bryant AO FACN (DLF)

Dr Rosemary Bryant was the first Commonwealth Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer. She was formerly Executive Director of Royal College of Nursing, Australia, Chief Nurse of Victoria and Director of Nursing, Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Dr Bryant is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the ACN, holds Honorary Life Membership of the ANMF (SA Branch), is Emerita Director of Nursing at Royal Adelaide Hospital and was President of the International Council of Nurses from 2009 to 2013.

She chairs the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre and the Rosemary Bryant Foundation.

She holds five honorary degrees of Doctor of the University.

In 2014 Dr Bryant was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.

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.

Uncle David 'Tarnda' Copley

David is an Aboriginal man of Kaurna and Peramangk decent and is a recognised Elder of the Kaurna Nation of South Australia.

David has a long association with the ANMF(SA) branch.

He was the 1st Aboriginal person to obtain a Diploma of Applied Science (Developmental Disabilities) –South Australian College of Advanced Education. He was also the 3rd Aboriginal man in South Australia to graduate from University with a Bachelor of Nursing (Flinders University) He is also the first male Aboriginal Registered Nurse in South Australia to hold Post Graduate qualifications in Mental Health Nursing (Flinders University). David is the only Aboriginal person in South Australia to hold all three qualifications.

Uncle David will be starting the proceedings with a Welcome to Country.

Megan Corlis

As the Associate Director - Aged Care at the ANMF (SA Branch) Megan’s role is to work with the aged care sector and other stakeholders establishing partnerships and seeking synergy related to projects and research including the critical work related to campaigning to improve the quality of care for older people thorough building workforce capability and capacity.

Megan has worked in a diverse range of nursing roles across the acute and aged care sector – including the Executive Manager of R&D in a large, aged care organisation.

Her expertise is research and practice translation resulting in a positive impact both on older people and the workforce who provide services to them.

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 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.

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).

Cathy Leane

Cathy Leane is a Darug woman from NSW, a mother, grandmother, auntie and carer. She has over 20 years’ experience working in early childhood education sector, including as a Director of child care, community development facilitator and home visiting support worker.

In 2007 she joined the Social Inclusion Unit as Senior Policy Officer where she contributed to policy work in the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing reference. In 2011 she joined the Aboriginal Health Division, Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN), in the newly created role of Manager, Strategic Partnerships. She works closely with the Aboriginal Family Birthing Program and contributes to improving the cultural competence of WCHN.

Cathy is currently Chairperson of the Aboriginal Advisory Group for the Aboriginal Families Study, MCRI and the Indigenous Oral Health Unit, Adelaide Uni. She is also o-chair of the Aboriginal Communities and Families Health Research Alliance (ACRA). She holds a BA (Aboriginal Studies) and is currently undertaking a Masters in Public Health. She understands the importance of the Early Years and in the interplay of the social determinants of health in shaping life outcomes. She is passionate about good outcomes for Aboriginal children and is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people.

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.

Toni-Marie Rowe

Toni-Marie completed her Registered Nursing at Flinders University in 1996 and worked at the Royal Adelaide Hospital until 2000. During this time she completed her Bachelor of Midwifery at University of South Australia.

In 2001 Toni-Marie transferred in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital where she worked a variety of positions. Most recently she has had the privilege of working within the Aboriginal Family Birthing Program as the Nurse/Midwifery Unit Manager.

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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