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Nikki Johnston
Nicholas Marchesi

Nikki is the inaugural winner of the Health Minister’s Award for Nursing Trailblazers presented on 9 April 2019.

Nikki became a registered nurse in 1989 and a Nurse Practitioner in 2008.

Currently working for Calvary, Clare Holland House campus Canberra, Nikki believes all Australia’s deserve equity of access to quality care nearing the end of life, regardless of their age, diagnosis or where they live.

Nikki’s research team have successfully tested a model integrating specialist palliative care into residential aged care. They have been recognised internationally for their approach that led to reduced avoidable hospital transfer’s, reduced length of hospital stays and normalising dying while increasing the capacity of staff to care for residents in their last months of life.

She was recognised in the 2019 Australia Day Honors as a recipient of a Medal of the Order of Australia for her contribution to nursing, also in 2019 Nikki won the inaugural national health ministers award for nursing trailblazers and the Australian collage of Nurse Practitioners mentor of the year award. Her team won two national awards, the Palliative Care Australia award for team innovation in palliative care and the Hesta nursing award for team excellence.

Nikki is the only nurse who sits on the ACT health minister’s clinical leadership forum with 5 doctors. She is a member of the Australian Collage of Nurse Practitioners, the Australian Collage of Nursing and Palliative Care Nurses Australia.

In October 2014, Nicholas Marchesi co-founded Orange Sky alongside his best mate Lucas Patchett. Together, they built the first van. Nic led the initial van build and supported the early service rollouts.

Nic continues to have oversight of the Vehicle Team and the Orange Sky Fleet. He has been integral to the design and construction of the vehicles and the associated research and development. Nic has ensured the success of each vehicle model at Orange Sky.

Nic is an avid problem solver and drives continuous improvement across all areas of Orange Sky, adopting the mentality that everything has the capacity to be improved. Nic pioneered the integration of technology into Orange Sky’s operations and helped lead the development of the Orange Sky Portal and App – pieces of technology built in-house.

Nic previously worked as a camera operator and editor for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and for the Seven Network. In these roles, he developed a passion for sharing people’s stories as a way of getting people to better relate to and connect with one another. As a result of Nic’s influence, storytelling is central to Orange Sky’s culture and is the cornerstone of the organisation’s brand and creative content.

Nic has been a Board Member since the organisation was founded and has played a critical role in the strategic direction of Orange Sky. He fosters a culture of affirmation and hard work.  The framework underpinning the internal culture at Orange Sky mirrors many of the attributes and characteristics he lives by.

Adjunct Associate Professor Francine Douce
Adjunct Professor Tanya Farrell

Francine Douce FACM MACN is a registered nurse and midwife with more than 30 years’ experience in the Tasmanian healthcare system and an active member of the Australian College of Nursing and a Fellow of the Australian College of Midwives.

Francine has held many senior nursing and midwifery positions (public and private sector) in strategic and organisational leadership; governmental policy; clinical practice; governance including patient safety; professional regulation and accreditation.

Francine completed the Global Nursing Leadership Institute at ICN in 2015, the first Tasmanian alumni for the GNLI. In October of the following year, 30 years to the day that she graduated as a registered nurse, was appointed as Tasmania’s Chief Nurse and Midwife.

Francine is the current International Commissioner (Pathway to Excellence®) with the American Nurses Credentialing Centre (ANCC) and the immediate past Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Council of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers.

Energy, courage and resilience have been characteristic of her professional leadership in Australia and now the international arena. Francine describes her strengths in terms of a lifetime of passion for nursing and midwifery, and of course, commitment to her beloved Tasmania.

Francine is the mother of two adult boys; lives in the beautiful NW of Tasmania with her husband Michael and balances her statewide role from Hobart (arguably Australia’s most beautiful capital city).

Tanya Farrell is a midwife and a nurse – and holds 2 key roles that focus on improving healthcare for women, babies and children across Victoria.

As the Maternity Advisor Tanya provides strategic clinical leadership and advice on issues related to maternity services and midwifery, particularly in relation to safety and quality improvement.

As the Chair of CCOPMM she oversees the investigation and reporting of all maternal, perinatal and paediatric mortality and morbidity as well as providing advice to the Minister for Health, Safer Care Victoria (SCV) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on strategies to improve clinical care and avoid preventable deaths and significant morbidity in Victoria. The Council also manages the Victorian Perinatal Data Collection (VPDC), a population-based surveillance system that collects and analyses comprehensive information on the health of mothers and babies, in order to contribute to improvements in their health.

Tanya is also an Adjunct Professor in Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe University. Prior to these appointments she was the Executive Director of Midwifery and Nursing at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Victoria.

Sam Halliday
Dr Drew Dwyer

Sam is a registered pharmacist in Australia with over fifteen years’ experience in the health system. His interest in healthcare originated from a love for healthy living and physical activity, particularly sporting pursuits.

Sam was awarded a Bachelor of Pharmacy and the JC Burgin Memorial Prize for outstanding commitment and dedication to academic studies from the University of Tasmania in 2006.

He went on to ply his craft and manage a number community pharmacies over the ensuing decade in the Southern suburbs of Hobart. During this time he became accredited as a Consultant Pharmacist with the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacists and regularly conducted home medication management reviews throughout Tasmania. He was an examiner for the Pharmacy Board of Australia for seven years.

Sam has worked in medicines regulation since 2013 and is currently the Acting Chief Pharmacist for the Tasmanian Government’s Department of Health. His team is responsible for governing the Tasmanian poisons legislation to minimise the known and emerging harms from medicines and poisons in our society. This work includes the stewardship of Australia’s first Real Time Prescription Monitoring system for high-risk pharmaceutical medicines, DORA.

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Dr Drew Dwyer is known internationally as an inspiring, knowledgeable, passionate and engaging clinical leadership educator and mentor.  He is a consultant gerontologist who completed a PhD (Med) in Evidence-Based Healthcare through the Joanna Briggs Institute at Adelaide University in South Australia.  He also holds a master’s degree in clinical science and undergraduate qualifications in Nursing and Applied Social Sciences (Psychology).

His passion is geriatric nursing and he has spent the last 15 years focussed on improving the care provided to our most vulnerable people by leading and advocating for change in the aged, community and disability care sectors.  He currently sits as the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) representative on the Enrolled Nursing Industry Reference Committee that provides expert guidance to the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) on the future of nursing training in Australia.

Dr Drew serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Queensland.  In this role he uses his extensive career in practical on-the-floor nursing roles to encourage and motivate aspiring nurses to fully understand and embrace their role as clinical leaders. His combination of passion for people, professionalism, service and leadership leave an indelible mark on all of his students.

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Erin McLeod
Bronte Martin

Erin is the Assistant Director of Nursing for Education in the Centre for Education and Research with the Tasmanian Health Service South. She has been a registered nurse for 19 years and during this time has held positions from graduate nurse through to Acting EDON. Her post graduate qualifications include a Master’s in clinical education and Post Graduate Certificate in Health Administration. Her professional interests are education, learning & development with a focus on leadership, best practice and empowering nurses and midwives to make change and innovate in practice. Working in a Practice Development framework, Erin works collaboratively and in solution focussed ways with teams, nurses & midwives with the aim of safe and quality care delivery.

RN, BNurs, MNurs, GDipNSc (Emerg), CritCCert, DipGov & ADipPersOps, MRCNA

Bronte Martin is the Director of Nursing (Trauma & Disaster) and founding member of the National Critical Care Trauma Response Centre responsible for providing clinical governance and oversight for the Australian Medical Assistance Team deployable 60 bed Field Surgical Hospital capability.

She is currently both Australian Medical Assistance Team (AusMAT) Mission & Clinical Team Leader and Australian representative for UN Disaster Assessment Coordination Teams (UNDAC); with deployments in response to Tropical Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu, Philippines super-Typhoon Haiyan and most recently Samoan Measles Epidemic, and active coordination of the Australian Government’s AUSMAT response to Tropical Cyclone Gita, Tonga and Papua New Guinea Highlands Earthquakes in 2018.

Bronte is also a Wing Commander in the Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve; previous operational experiences include deployments to Solomon Islands and Afghanistan.

In 2016 Bronte returned from a 6-month secondment with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) Secretariat in Geneva to develop and establish the Global Classification, Mentorship & Verification program; ensuring validated, quality international Emergency medical care is delivered in response to sudden onset disasters.

In 2017 Bronte assumed the inaugural role on behalf of WHO as Regional Chair – Western Pacific for Emergency Medical Teams; actively mentoring 10 International EMTs from around the globe towards achieving WHO Global Classification and validation of national capacities to respond in Emergencies.

Adrienne Gibbons
Kathryn Gregory

Adie Gibbons, Program Executive, Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program and Clinical Executive Director

Adie Gibbons is the Clinical Executive Director for Statewide Mental Health Services. Adie is a Mental Health Nurse by background and has worked in Mental Health for 35 years. Adie is passionate about Mental Health and believes that everything we do should have the consumer at the forefront and truly involved in  making decisions about what we do, how we do it and how we can improve our services to make them meaningful for all users.

Kathy Gregory, Program Lead and Executive, Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program

Kathy is an experienced and committed Mental Health Nurse of more than 30 years.  She has worked in diverse roles that include public, private and community managed organisations across Australia. Kathy attained a Masters in Mental Health 14 years ago, just before she moved to Tasmania from Victoria, and is currently a confirmed Doctor of Health Candidate. Prior to joining the reform team as implementation lead, Kathy worked as the Director of Nursing for Forensic Mental Health, Correctional Primary Health and Alcohol and Drug Services. Kathy is committed to and passionate about being part of an integrated Mental Health System that puts people with lived experience, including families and friends, at the centre of everything we do.

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward
Professor Karen Francis

CEO, RN, M.Mgt, Dip.App.Sci (Nursing), Acute Care Cert., FACN, FCHSM, Wharton Fellow, MAICD

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN is a renowned leader and passionate CEO who has shaped the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) to become a prominent and influential professional organisation and leads a strong collective voice for the nursing profession to improve patient outcomes and the social determinants of health for all Australians.

Kylie’s distinguished career has seen her hold Executive positions in the largest health services in NSW and Victoria, and she has been awarded honorary Professorships with 5 Universities in Australia.  She is a proud Fellow of ACN, a Wharton Fellow and an honorary Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM).  Kylie is a Board Director of 2 National Organisations, ADHA and ANMAC, as well as being appointed by the Minister of Health on several national committees.

Professor Francis  is the Head of Nursing, University of Tasmania. She has over 30 years teaching experience at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in nursing, allied health and medical programs at a number of Australian and international Universities. Her research interests and expertise are in the areas of health workforce particularly rural health and rural nursing. Professor Francis is recognised nationally and internationally for her contribution to the development of rural nursing as a specialist discipline.  She has a significant publication track record that is inclusive of over 160 scholarly papers, 5 books and 27 chapters in edited books.

Kathrine Morgan-Wicks

Mrs Kathrine Morgan-Wicks is a Barrister and Solicitor and was recently appointed to the position of Secretary at the Department of Health.  Mrs Morgan-Wicks was previously Secretary at the Department of Justice and Deputy Secretary at the Department of Treasury and Finance.  She has over 20 years corporate and commercial legal experience working across the private and public sectors, including senior executive roles at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Mrs Morgan-Wicks has a Masters in Law and has completed graduate courses in business and leadership with the Melbourne Business School and Harvard Leadership Program.