Ms Ros Jackson (Chair); Professor Fiona Stoker, Mr Ian Frank, Professor Karen Strickland (Chair CDNM); Professor Simon Cooper (NPEC Director)
Currently Deans or their representatives from 19 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 a Lecturer and Industry Liaison Educator 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. Her teaching and early career research is focused on professional development for clinical teachers 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.
Ms Elise Luders
Elise is a Nursing and Midwifery Educator who has worked in education within both Industry and University sectors. She has clinical experience in Medical/Surgical, Renal, ICU/CCU and Midwifery across metropolitan and regional centres. Elise holds a Masters of Midwifery, Graduate Diploma of Critical Care and a Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education. Prior to moving to the University sector permanently, she managed a regional hospital education department. Her foci of interest includes education, leadership, Midwifery, and healthcare communication. She is currently the Program Coordinator for the joint Midwifery and Nursing degree at Federation University.
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.
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.
Mr Peter Stelfox
Peter is an experienced health professional with over 20 years of clinical experience in the UK and Australia. He worked across specialities before specialising in Infection Prevention and Control. More recently he worked as a clinical nurse consultant before embarking on a full time PhD at Edith Cowan University. Peter has two undergraduate nursing degrees and a master’s degree from Durham University. His PhD project title is ‘Developing the Future Nurse through Quality Clinical Experiences’.
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.
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.
Ms Megan Fitzgerald
Megan has 10+ years’ experience working within Aged Care as a senior Personal Care Attendant with responsibilities for preceptorship, staff training and quality improvements. Megan is currently a third-year student in the Bachelor of Nursing program at Federation University and has a passion for research and quality improvement. Megan became involved in the National Placement Evaluation Centre in 2021 as the nursing student representative.
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.