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Kerrie has been nursing for the past 40 years in a variety of nursing roles. She is currently co-owner of Cygnet Family Practice Pty. Ltd., a general practice service in Cygnet, Tasmania. She works clinically as a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner and Managing Director. Over the past 5 years, Kerrie has had the unique opportunity to initiate and establish a team-based, patient-centred, holistic health care service. The success of this model of care is the strong focus on the nursing discipline of holistic health care and extensive collaboration with general practitioners, allied health professionals, and the local community.
Kerrie’s passion for nursing and improving care for patients is channeled through her current role as Australian College Nurse Practitioners, Tasmanian Chapter Chair. She is has been lobbying for raised awareness of this advanced nursing role which increases patient access to care, provides leadership to the nursing profession, and improves the provision of health care to the general community.
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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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Cat Schofield RN MN
Cat is currently the Clinical Advisor to the Tasmanian Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing. Previous roles include Nursing Director in the Office of the Tasmanian Chief Nurse and Midwife, Clinical Advisor to the Tasmanian Minister for Health and Manager of Tasmania’s first Forensic Mental Health Hospital. Cat has over 30 years’ experience working in delivering health services and has been an active member of the International Practice Development Collaborative since 2008. .Cat was also the Chair of the Tasmanian NMBA 2010 – 2018 and is currently the Tasmanian practitioner member on the NMBA. Cat is committed to lifelong learning and in 2019 was accepted into the International Council of Nurses Global Nurse Leadership Institute.
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.
Professor Stirling (Ba Nursing, MPA, PhD) is nurse academic who is Associate Head of School of Nursing University of Tasmania, with an Honorary Professorship with the University of East Anglia UK. She influences policy and translation with her current roles as President Australian Association Gerontology, Member of the National Aged Care Alliance, Member of the Aged Services IRC (currently reviewing national VET sector and higher education training qualifications) all giving her opportunities to contribute to national level policy development. Professor Stirling has led implementation mixed method research for two decades including a long involvement in evaluating health promotion programs for community organisations (for example Australian Heart Foundation) and health service innovation research.
Dr Kathleen Tori is an endorsed Nurse Practitioner (NP) and completed her PhD studies in the area of advanced practice nursing. Kathy’s clinical, academic and research interests include all facets of nursing models of health care delivery: transitional processes of the role, barriers and enablers which challenge successful implementation, economic impact and sustainability of emerging nurse-led health care, particularly in rural areas.