Adjunct Professor Shelley Nowlan
Adjunct Professor Shelley Nowlan has held executive leadership roles within Queensland Health. While she is Queensland’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer she is currently acting as Assistant Deputy Director-General, Clinical Excellence Queensland. Professor Nowlan has earned a reputation in her 30 plus year career as a people orientated nurse leader who is experienced in clinical innovation, leading strategic planning, government policy and significant nursing workforce commissioning. Through the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer position, professorial roles and faculty membership Professor Nowlan’s strong advocacy for nursing and midwifery informs policy development at State and National level for clinical practice innovation, research, curricula and workforce development.
Adjunct Professor Ruth Stewart
National Rural Health Commissioner for Australia
Adjunct Professor Ruth Stewart was appointed as the second National Rural Health Commissioner for Australia in July 2020. She brings to this role nearly 30 years of work as a Rural Generalist doctor with the advanced skills of a GP obstetrician. Ruth and her husband Anthony Brown now live and work on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait.
For 22 years Ruth and Anthony were General Practitioners in private practice in Camperdown in south west Victoria where they had Visiting Medical Officer status in the local public hospital. In 2008 Ruth was employed as the inaugural Director of Clinical Training Rural with the then new medical school of Deakin University. Her role was to establish the rural program. She created a network of 12 growing to 18 Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship placements for third year medical students from Deakin University to spend the whole of their core clinical year in rural practice.
In 2012, Ruth moved to north Queensland to become Associate Professor of Rural Medicine, Director Rural Clinical Training with James Cook University. In this role she oversaw the doubling of rural clinical placements for the medical school and worked clinically as a Senior Medical Officer at Mareeba Hospital. Ruth is the immediate Past President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and was on the College’s board from 2002-2020 in various roles. She was on the board of the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service for 6 years, the Cape York Hospital Board for two years and has been on the board of several Regional Training Providers/Organisations for General Practice Training, on the board of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia for two years and the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre board. For three years she has held a number of representative and medico political roles including on the Distribution Advisory Group, and the Health Innovation Advisory Committee for the National Health and Medical Research Authority.
Ruth received a PhD from Flinders University in 2014. Her thesis examined the lessons learnt from a Managed Clinical Network of rural maternity services in South West Victoria. She has an abiding interest in quality of rural maternity services and sustainable models of rural health care.
Professor Marion Eckert
Foundation Director, Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre (RBRC). The RBRC aims to strengthen the nursing and 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.
Academically: Completed a Master of Public Health, Doctorate of Nursing, Master of Clinical Science, Graduate Diploma of Cardiac Nursing University of Adelaide, executive leadership program from Melbourne Business School and both Diploma of Education and Training and Assessment. In 2020 she was a finalist in the SA Telstra Business Women's Awards and in 2015 was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship and Leslie Fleming Fellowship focused on supporting survivors of cancer. Now in partnership with almost 20 other Universities across Australia and New Zealand Marion is leading the establishment of the first Australasian Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Trials Network to build research capacity for nurses and midwives and conduct large scale research projects where multiple partners are required and address questions strategically aligned to health service problems and priorities.
Professor Amanda Ullman
Inaugural Professor and Chair in Paediatric Nursing, conjoint between the University of Queensland and Children's Health Queensland, and a 2021 Fulbright Future Scholar.
Amanda believes that children should be able to receive medical treatment in hospitals, without harm. Her research focusses on improving the most common invasive procedure in paediatrics - the insertion of an intravenous (IV) catheter. This research has changed practice, reducing infection and pain, and promoting efficient healthcare, for children internationally. This research program has received considerable investment by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (>$8M), highly-competitive awards, >100 research articles, two mHealth apps, and ranking as the top global expert in central venous catheters (ExpertScape, August, 2021).