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NPEC Team Members

Governance Committee: 

Mr Ian Frank (NPEC Chair); Professor Karen Strickland (Chair CDNM); Professor Simon Cooper (NPEC Director); Professor Roianne West (HESA Director). 

Advisory Group:

Currently Deans or their representatives from 36 Australian Schools of Nursing and indigenous, industry and student representation.

Core Project Team:

Professor Simon Cooper (Project Lead)

Professor Simon Cooper is a health professional who has worked in ICU and emergency care in the UK and Australia. He is an experienced senior manager, with a PhD in Leadership studies and 40 years’ work in the clinical and academic fields. He has led innovative educational and research programs across the world in the field of advanced practice development, patient safety, emergency care, leadership, teamwork, education and clinical simulation.

Dr Colleen Ryan

Colleen is Head of Professional Practice in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences at CQUniversity. She has degrees in nursing and education and teaching awards for her work in simulation based education. Her teaching and early career research is focused on professional development for clinical supervisors and facilitators working in classroom and clinical settings. 

Professor Karen Strickland

Professor Karen Strickland is the Executive Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Edith Cowan University, Perth Western Australia, elected Chair of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (Australia and New Zealand) and holds a board level appointment for the Non-Executive Director of Ovarian Cancer Australia.

Professor Strickland is recognised as an expert in the field of cancer, palliative and aged care through various appointments.

Dr Christine Ossenberg

Christine is an experienced health professional who has worked in Medical, Surgical, and Critical Care environments. She currently works as a nurse educator and researcher at a large metropolitan health care facility. Her industry based education and research focuses on helping direct care clinicians to develop their capability to support workplace-based learning and assessment of nursing students and graduates. As an emerging researcher, Christine has a strong interest in feedback and assessment in workplace-based contexts.

Dr Lynda Hughes

Lynda is an experienced health professional who has held education positions in health organisations and the tertiary sector. She is currently the Course Convenor for a capstone course within a Bachelor of Nursing programme and the Clinical Placement Coordinator. As an early career researcher she aims to develop an education-focused research profile. Her PhD focussed upon failure to fail issues within clinical practice. 

Professor Fiona Bogossian

Fiona is Professor of Practice Education in Health and Academic Lead for USC at the Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI). She is an experienced health professional with clinical, policy, education and research experience in midwifery and neonatal nursing. Fiona holds qualifications in education, public health and epidemiology, and has a strong track record in leadership and academic administration and mentorship. In her current role Fiona leads a program of research in interprofessional education.

Associate Professor Robyn Cant

Robyn is an experienced health services researcher with a track record in research projects related to teaching and learning in nursing. Her publications in nursing and midwifery relate to face-to-face and screen-based simulation; patient deterioration and patient safety, and the quality of clinical practice placements. She is currently an adjunct A/Prof with the School of Health, Federation University Australia.

Ms Darrelle Ahchay

Throughout her 30+ year nursing career, Darrelle has worked in a variety of nursing roles in Australia and the United Kingdom with a strong focus on educational leadership. In her current role as Clinical Placements Coordinator in a tertiary hospital in Brisbane, Darrelle has implemented initiatives to enhance clinical placement experiences based on the data obtained as part of her Master of Education dissertation that explored Graduate Nurses perceived satisfaction with their preparation for their Registered Nurse role.

Sam Moses

Samantha Moses is an experienced Registered Nurse specialising in primary health care. She was the founder of the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses’ Association (APNA) and the President.
From 2000 – 2001 Sam worked on the founding of the APNA forming strong strategic connections and a committee of likeminded, dedicated primary health care nurses to address the needs of nurses working in general practice.  She has played a critical role in APNA’s development and growth over the past 21 years and remains committed to APNA, its valued members and Australia’s future primary health care nurses, across all settings.
Sam has worked in five Australian States throughout her career, in a multitude of rural and metropolitan settings and across a variety of nursing sectors. Sam is passionate about primary health care nursing and has been the recipient of several primary health care nursing awards.

Dr Areum Hyun

NPEC Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Areum is a passionate early-career academic and researcher working as a Lecturer at Griffith University. She is a registered nurse with broad experience in primary and critical care settings. Her research interests encompass nursing clinical education and patient safety. Currently, she is engaged as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Placement Evaluation Centre and works as a Research Fellow in patient safety at the Child Health Research Centre.

Dr Di Bloxsome

Di is Associate Dean Midwifery within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Edith Cowan University. She has worked in nursing and midwifery over the last 20 years with more than 10 years in the higher education sector. She has obtained a Bachelor of Nursing degree, Post Graduate Diploma in Midwifery and more recently a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Di’s research focus includes midwifery workforce and midwifery retention.

Mr Ruben Hopmans

Ruben has led the development of a number of online platforms for medical professionals, educators and students. His background includes learning design, learning analytics and user experience design. Ruben’s projects include, First2Act™ (online simulation training tool); online assessment and e-portfolio tools for placement experiences for both nursing and physiotherapy at Monash University; An online training tool for TAC & Workcover Victoria, as well as various research projects around online health and telehealth.

Krysta Davis

Student Representative

Krysta is a second-year nursing student at Griffith University. As a student mentor and multicultural engagement officer she actively works to promote and support the voices of students throughout their educational journey. With over ten years of experience in customer service, policy, and processing, she has worked in an array of services, including welfare, finances, and professional and self-development. As a student, she is an active participant and member of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery (CATSINAM) Workforce Strategy Working Group, where she strives to provide the perspectives and experiences of her fellow nursing students.

Madeleine Stipcevich

Student Representative

Madeleine’s career in the health sector is just beginning.  She is currently working as a Registered Undergraduate Student of Midwifery (RUSOM) in-between her studies and has previously undertaken leadership roles at her university. Madeleine is currently a third-year student in the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery program at Federation University and has a passion for a women/patient centered practise approach. Madeleine became involved in the National Placement Evaluation Centre in 2023 as the midwifery student representative.