Meet our speakers
Conference MC Katrina Webb OAM
Prof Mary Chiarella
Dr Nadia Corsini
Dr John Falzon OAM
Dr Roger Hunt
Prof Alison Kitson
The Hon Kyam Maher MLC
Assoc Prof Lois McKellar
Prof Nicholas Procter
Prof Jill White AM
Prof Brenda Wilson AM
Prof Patsy Yates AM
Pam Adelson, University of South Australia
Pam Adelson is an inaugural Research Fellow in the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre and a member of the Mothers, Babies and Families Health Research Group.
Pam’s career started in the clinical arena where she was a Registered Nurse in the USA, completing her BSc (Nursing) from the University of Hawaii and a further post-graduate program in critical care nursing. Her clinical and lead administrative nursing experience includes 10 years of nursing in ICU, cardiac telemetry, emergency and hyperbaric diving medicine. After completing her Masters of Public Health degree (University of Sydney), she worked in epidemiology and public health policy for the NSW Health Department (Ministry of Health). While in the Department she oversaw the state-wide perinatal data collection and birth defects registry and served on numerous committees in perinatal and cancer epidemiology and policy. Her recent research roles include work on a large prospective pregnancy study, management and analysis of a multi-centred service delivery trial, and research in cancer epidemiology and guideline recommended care. Pam’s research interests include the analysis of population based data to inform evidence-based care and health systems direction.
Pam Adelson will be speaking alongside Associate Professor Lois McKellar on two decades of birth centre and midwifery-led care in South Australia
Carolanne Barkla, Aged Rights Advocacy Service
Carolanne became the Chief Executive of Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS) in April 2016 with responsibility for implementing the strategic direction of ARAS.
She brings to the role over 20 years’ experience as a registered nurse, lawyer, executive, spanning health, aged care, legal, not-for-profit peak body, policy, sector development and social justice. Contributing to her multidisciplinary professional
expertise, Carolanne has had experience working in rural and metropolitan environments in South Australia and New South Wales as well as with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. She also has lived experience as a military family member and supporter of Veterans.
Carolanne has been recognised for her academic excellence for Elder Law, Comparative Aspects of Malaysian Law, and legal research into Compulsory Reporting in Aged Care. Carolanne has embraced opportunities to serve on state and national advisory committees collaborating with the purpose of improving the quality of life and care of older people. During the last ten years Carolanne is currently a Board member of Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA) Ltd; the Chair of End of Life Decisions Aged Care (ELDAC), Member of the National Reference Group and SA Health Adult Safeguarding Advisory Group and was appointed to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Advisory Council in April 2019.
Carolanne Barkla will be participating in the panel session: Aged Care Royal Commission - where to from here
Annie Butler, ANMF Federal Branch
Annie Butler is the Federal Secretary for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation. Annie was formally appointed to the role in June 2018, having served as the Assistant Federal Secretary since March 2014, and following years of experience in the clinical, professional and industrial areas of nursing.
Annie is a registered nurse with more than a decade’s experience working in public hospitals, the community and on health education projects, and a further decade working in research and education.
She worked for the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association, for a further decade, as a professional officer, organiser and lead organiser, prior to moving to the national position of Assistant Federal Secretary and now holding the position of Federal Secretary
Annie believes that we must fight to maintain the professions of nursing and midwifery in Australia and ensure their advancement. She is passionate about improving Australia’s system of health and aged care and the critical role nurses and midwives have to play in the future of our health system. Annie is particularly keen to see nurses drive change for improvements in Australia’s aged care sector.
Annie has a degree in Health Science, an Honour’s degree in Nursing.
Annie Butler will be participating in the panel session: Aged Care Royal Commission - where to from here,
Professor Mary Chiarella, University of Sydney
Mary’s career spans 40 years both in the United Kingdom and Australia. Mary is Professor Emerita, Susan Wakil School of Nursing at the University of Sydney. In 2003/04 she was the Chief Nursing Officer, NSW Health Department and prior to that was the Foundation Professor of Nursing in Corrections Health, with the University of Technology, Sydney.
Mary has provided her professional expertise to health services, organisations and governments over the years. She is a Board member of Northern Sydney LHD and chairs their Health Care Quality Committee. She also serves on the Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel to the NSW Minister for Health and the Clinical Governance Advisory Committee to healthdirect Australia.
Mary’s particular research interests focus on legal, policy and ethical issues in nursing, midwifery and health care delivery. She publishes and speaks nationally and internationally on her work. She has recently completed an ARC funded study of a comparative analysis of health professional complaints processes between the new Australian national regulation scheme and the NSW scheme and has just completed a study with a grant from the US National Council of State Boards of Nursing exploring insight and continuing competence in clinical practice performance.
She was awarded an AM for significant contributions to nursing and midwifery education and healthcare standards in June 2019 and was awarded the title of Professor Emerita by the University of Sydney on May 1st this year.
Professor Mary Chiarella will be presenting on evolution of nursing and midwifery since the time of Florence Nightingale.
David Copley, Council member, ANMF (SA Branch)
David is an Aboriginal man of Kaurna and Peramangk descent and is a recognised Elder of the Kaurna Nation of South Australia.
David was the first Aboriginal person to obtain a Diploma of Applied Science (Developmental Disabilities) –South Australian College of Advanced Education. He was also the third Aboriginal man in South Australia to graduate from University with a Bachelor of Nursing (Flinders University) He is the first male Aboriginal Registered Nurse in South Australia to hold Post Graduate qualifications in Mental Health Nursing (Flinders University). David is the only Aboriginal person in South Australia to hold all three qualifications.
David Copley will be starting the proceedings with a Welcome to Country.
Dr Nadia Corsini, Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre
Dr Corsini is an experienced behavioural scientist. Her research interests have focused on understanding health behaviours, identifying solutions to address health issues impacting the wellbeing of Australians, and implementing research evidence into clinical practice in a way that meet the needs of patients, clinicians, and health services.
Dr Corsini has extensive experience in survey and evaluation design, quantitative analysis, undertaking evidence reviews, and working with industry, government, and consumers.
Dr Nadia Corsini will be presenting the SA Report Card on our Workforce.
Dr John Falzon OAM, Per Capita
Dr John Falzon is Senior Fellow, Inequality and Social Justice at Per Capita. He is a sociologist, poet and social justice advocate and was national CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society from 2006 to 2018. He has written and spoken widely on neoliberalism and the structural causes of inequality and has long been engaged in the collective movement for social justice and social change.
He has worked in academia, community development in public housing estates, and in research and advocacy in civil society organisations. He has served on numerous boards and advisory committees for both government and civil society, including the Australian Council of Social Service Board, the Australian Social Inclusion Board, the Deputy Prime Minister’s Global Financial Crisis Community Response Taskforce, the Energy White Paper High Level Consultative Committee, the Council of Non-Government Organisations on Mental Health, the Shelter NSW Board and the NSW Premier’s Social Justice Reference Group.
He has presented hundreds of keynote speeches and papers to conferences, rallies and other fora on social exclusion, economic insecurity, inequality, housing and homelessness, health, education, workers’ rights, employment and social security and is a frequent media commentator on these issues. He is also the author of articles, opinion pieces, book chapters and two books: The language of the unheard (Garratt 2012) and a collection of poems, Communists like us (UWAP, 2017). In 2014 he was an Australian Human Rights Medal Finalist and in 2015 he received an Order of Australia Medal for service to the community through social welfare organisations.
He is a member of the Australian Services Union and currently sits on the board of the Australian College of Community and Disability Practitioners.
Dr John Falzon will be presenting on the impact of social inequality on nursing and midwifery.
Lisa Fitzpatrick, State Secretary ANMF (Victoria Branch)
Lisa Fitzpatrick is a Registered Nurse with more than 30 years’ nursing and union experience. She practised in a variety of clinical settings in Australia and in London. She became an Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch) Job Representative in 1982 and has held several positions within the Branch and on its Executive Council, including Victorian Branch President and Federal Vice President. She has also served on the Executive of the ACTU and served as the VTHC
In 2001, Lisa was elected the Australian Nursing & Midwifery (Victorian Branch) Secretary. She has been a strong advocate for nurse/midwife patient ratios as the solution to ensuring that Victoria has a qualified nursing and midwifery workforce and high standards of patient care and safety, successfully lobbying the Andrew’s Government to make ratios Victorian law.
With a strong emphasis on recruitment during Lisa’s nineteen years as Branch Secretary, the Victorian Branch’s membership has increased from 32,000 to over 90,000.
Lisa Fitzpatrick will be presenting about her reflections on COVID-19.
Dr Roger Hunt, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Roger Hunt is a pioneer of palliative care in SA. He was a founding member of Daw House Hospice, site of world’s first Chair in Palliative Care (established in 1988); he developed undergraduate and post-graduate courses in end-of-life care; he was a founding Fellow of the Chapter of Palliative Medicine in the College of Physicians; he was foundation Secretary of Palliative Care Australia; he was Chairman of the Palliative Care Council of SA and was made an Honorary Life Member for his contributions; he directed a major Adelaide clinical service for 10 years; he's been awarded a Doctorate of Medicine (by published work) entitled Epidemiology of Terminal Care in SA; he has published extensively on clinical and ethical aspects of end-of-life care; and he's advised on several legislative developments, including as a member of the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Panel and the Western Australian Ministerial Expert Panel that led to voluntary assisted dying legislation.
Read his recent opinion piece 'End-of-life challenges in the 21st century
' from the July edition of INPractice.
Dr Roger Hunt is presenting on history of dying in SA and challenges in the 21st century and it taking part in the the challenges of prolonging life panel discussion.
Professor Alison Kitson
Alison Kitson is an internationally recognised translational science researcher and nursing leader. She is also passionate about making sure patients receive the best nursing care and in particular, the Fundamentals of Care. Alison currently combines an active research career with her role as inaugural Vice President and Executive Dean for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University South Australia. In 2017 she was appointed to the Board of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
Professor Alison Kitson will be speaking on Challenges of meeting patients' fundamental care needs.
Jean Kittson, Australian performer, writer and comedian
Jean Kittson is an author, public speaker and commentator. She is an advocate for education, youth, health, equal opportunity and aging.
She is a regular speaker on the role of women, both at home, in education and in the workforce. She has encouraged an important conversation about women’s health by writing “…the definitive book…” on menopause; “You’re still hot to me. The joys of menopause.”
Jean is also an actor, comedian and scriptwriter for stage, television, theatre, radio, magazines and newspapers. She is the author of two books and has contributed to many others.
She currently the Patron of Palliative Care Nurses Australia, and an Ambassador for the Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation, the Macular Disease Foundation, Northcott Disability Services, the Raise Foundation - youth mentoring and Taldumande Youth Services.
Jean Kittson will be presenting a session titled: We need to talk about mum and dad - navigating aged care.
The Hon Kyam Maher MLC, Member of Parliament
Kyam grew up in Country South Australia, initially in Littlehampton in the Adelaide Hills and then in Mt Gambier in the South East of the State. Kyam graduated from Adelaide University with degrees in Law and Economics, spending part of his Law Degree studying in the United States at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg Virginia. Kyam was employed as a lawyer with the South Australian Crown Solicitor’s Office advising Government and practicing in areas including Civil Litigation, Administrative Law, Prosecutions and Wills and Estates.
When Labor won State Government in 2002 Kyam took on the role of Chief of Staff to Minister Terry Roberts who held the portfolios of Regional Affairs, Aboriginal Affairs and Correctional Services. Kyam then went on to serve as the State Secretary of the Labor Party in South Australia before entering the Legislative Council in 2012. Upon the re-election of the Labor Government in 2014 Kyam took on the role of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.
In 2015, Kyam became Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation and in 2016 was also appointed as Minister for Automotive Transformation, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Member of the Executive Council and in 2016 became Minister for Science and Information Economy and Minister for Employment until Labor lost Government in 2018.
Kyam is currently Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, Shadow Attorney-General, Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations & Public Sector, and Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. Kyam has been chair of the End of Life Choices Committee which is expected to report to the parliament before the end of the year.
Kyam is particularly passionate about ensuring that all South Australians are afforded the dignity that good, meaningful jobs provide, and that all South Australians are able to share in the opportunities and benefits this State offers. He has spoken on a wide range of issues including Aboriginal Affairs, equality, the importance of science in society, and the challenges facing regional and country communities. Kyam and his wife Carmel have three sons, six chooks and two cats and enjoy spending time in regional South Australia.
The Hon Kyam Maher MLC will be taking part in the challenges of prolonging life panel discussion.
Associate Professor Lois McKellar, University of South Australia
Lois has been a midwife for many years and is passionate about midwifery practice and the well-being of women, children and their families. She is an Associate Professor of Midwifery having been the Program Director for the Bachelor of Midwifery at the University of South Australia for six years. She is dedicated to providing excellence in Midwifery education and equipping midwives for practice in the 21st century and beyond. In 2019 she was awared the South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award for excellence in Midwifery practice. In 2015, Lois received a UniSA Citation for outstanding contribution to student learning and in 2016 and was just awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Office of Teaching and Learning.
Lois have a strong interested in research which informs midwifery practice and education. She undertook a PhD which explored issues around postnatal midwifery care, specifically the study focused on developing evidence based strategies to improve care by working with both industry and consumers. She is an advocate for improving the well-being of women and the development of healthy and resilient families through collaborative research, publications, workshops and presenting at numerous conferences.
Associate Professor Lois McKellar will be speaking alongside Pam Adelson on two decades of birth centre and midwifery-led care in South Australia
Professor Nicholas Procter, University of South Australia
Professor Nicholas Procter RN MBA PhD is Chair: Mental Health Nursing and leader of UniSA’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group. He has a longstanding research and clinical interest in the impact of trauma and uncertainty upon people’s lives, mental health nursing practice and has led many state and national initiatives in these areas.
He is Australia’s national representative to the International Association for Suicide Prevention. With members in more than 70 countries, the IASP is the largest international organisation dedicated to suicide prevention and to the reduction of suicide-related distress. Professor Procter is also a member of the Expert Advisory Group to the Prime Minister’s National Suicide Prevention Adviser, National Suicide Prevention Taskforce.
Professor Nicholas Procter will be presenting on Mental Health Nursing Research and Practice.
Sean Rooney, Leading Age Services Australia
As CEO of aged care industry peak body, Leading Age Services Australia, Sean Rooney is a recognised leader in the aged care industry. Sean speaks with credibility and authority on issues of importance to older Australians and providers of aged care services across residential care, home care and retirement living.
Sean has held several Chief Executive/Senior Executive roles in public, private and not-for-profit sector organisations. He has led membership-based organisations and represented the interests of members on the local, national and international stage. Sean also has practical experience at the nexus of the health and aged care sector, having been the CEO at the Australian Medicare Local Alliance.
Sean has a Bachelor of Commerce from the ANU, a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne University and Post Graduate qualifications in Cross Sector Collaboration from Cambridge University.
Sean Rooney will be participating in the panel session: Aged Care Royal Commission - where to from here.
Helen Walker, Palliative Care Australia
Helen is a palliative care nurse and experienced manager in a range of settings. After nearly 20 years in local and state government change management and leadership positions, she undertook a nursing re-entry program and found her way to palliative care. Her palliative care experiences have included Clinical Management role at Mary Potter Hospice and Director of Nursing/General Manager of Cabrini Palliative Care in Melbourne. Helen is a member of the SA Health EOLC Program Board, Deputy Chair of the Palliative Care South Australia Board and a valued member of the Palliative Care Australia Board.
Helen Walker will be taking part in the challenges of prolonging life panel discussion.
Katrina Webb OAM
Katrina Webb is recognised and acknowledged for her unique athleticism and outstanding success as a Paralympic athlete.
She has won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in athletics at three Paralympic Games.
She was the first torchbearer to enter the Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and in 2006 Katrina was selected to present on behalf of the International Paralympic Committee to the United Nations in New York. In 2012 & 2016, Katrina was selected as a Paralympian Ambassador for the International Paralympic Committee at the London & Rio Paralympic Games.
Off the track Katrina is the Director of her own business Silver 2 Gold High Performance Solutions. As a qualified physiotherapist and a person who knows how to achieve gold medal results more than once, her business specializes in improving
the performance and health of organisations, teams and individuals.
Katrina Webb will be our MC for the conference.
Professor Jill White AM, University of Sydney
Professor White is a Professor Emerita of the Susan Wakel School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sydney and the Faculty of Health University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Australia. Jill retired from the University of Sydney in 2018 and is now an independent consultant in the areas of health education, regulation and policy. In 2017 Jill was seconded to the International Council of Nurses (ICN) as Associate Director (Global Education).
Professor White was the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sydney from 2008-2015. Prior to this she was Dean of the Faculty of Nursing Midwifery and Health at the University of Technology, Sydney 1997-2008.
Jill was the inaugural Chair of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council 2010-2013, having had an active leadership role in regulation since 2002.
Prof. White was a Fellow of the University Senate of the University of Sydney (the University senior governing body) until July 2017 and in 2015 she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Jill was researching how nursing might have a greater influence on health policy.
Jill has undertaken work in many countries, notably assisting with the development of Midwifery programmes in Vietnam, a Non-Communicable Diseases programme in Tonga and educational developments in Indonesia and India.
Currently Jill is the Western Pacific Region nursing representative on the Board of the Nursing Now! Campaign.
Professor Jill White will be presenting on the role of the Nursing Now campaign.
Professor Brenda Wilson AM, Lieutenant Governor of South Australia
Professor Brenda Wilson AM was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor of South Australia on 15 August 2014. She graduated as a general nurse from Royal Adelaide Hospital (1976) and subsequently trained as an intensive and coronary care nurse (1978). She completed a Diploma of Applied Science at the South Australia College of Advanced Education (1982) and was awarded professorial status at Flinders University in 2000 and University of South Australia in 2015.
Professor Wilson has held several senior leadership positions in the not-for-profit sector and health industry including, Chief Executive, Cancer Council SA (2003- 2015); Executive Director Nursing and Patient Services, Flinders Medical Centre (1995-2003), Executive Director of Nursing, Lyell McEwin Health Service (1994-1995) and Director of Nursing (1992) and Chief Executive (1993 -1995), Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre.
While Chief Executive at Cancer Council SA, Brenda was appointed by the Health Minister as the inaugural Chairman of the Cancer Clinical Network (2008-2010) and worked with a number of key individuals during this period to produce the first State-wide Cancer Control Plan for SA.
Brenda is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Executives (FCHSE), a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing (FACN) and a Graduate and Fellow of the Wharton School of Management (FWSM), Pennsylvania USA.
She was the Winner of the (2000) Telstra SA Business Women's Award for Corporate and Government Sector, South Australia and the (1999) recipient of the Johnson and Johnson Wharton Fellow for Executives Program in Management.
Her current board positions include Director, ACHA Health (2016); Director ACH Group (2014); Northern Adelaide Local Health Network Governing Council (2010); and Flinders University Council (2015). She is a former Director of the University of South Australia MBA Advisory Board, Burnside Hospital (2003-2011) and Hutt Street Centre (2015-16).
Professor Wilson will be opening the conference.
Cal Wilson, Comedian, author, radio & tv presenter
Cal Wilson came across the Tasman in 2003 and has gone on to become one of our most popular comedians, a perennial favourite on television shows such as Spicks and Specks, Good News Week, Thank God You’re Here, and more recently Have You Been Paying Attention? and Hughesy We Have a Problem,. Her stand up shows are as engaging as they are hilarious, often bringing the audience’s stories to life alongside her own.
Cal Wilson will be entertaining us with her comic gems in some additional bonus material.
Professor Patsy Yates AM, QUT
Distinguished Professor Patsy Yates, AM, is the Executive Dean of QUT’s Faculty of Health and Co-Director of QUT’s Centre for Healthcare Transformation. Patsy has extensive experience as a leader in practice, education and research in nursing and the health sector. Patsy is the current President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care and a past-President of Palliative Care Australia.
Professor Patsy Yates will be taking part in the challenges of prolonging life panel discussion.