Our leadership

The ANMF (SA Branch) leadership team and council (which is comprised of Executive Members and Councillors) are elected by the union's general membership. They bring with them an array of skills and experience to confidently provide strategic direction and purpose for our organisation.

While our Elected Council is responsible for the overall management of Union activity, our leadership team provides professional leadership to our staff and drives performance to ensure the needs of nurses, midwives and personal care workers are fulfilled to the highest of standards.

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ANMF (SA Branch) Leadership Team


Adj Assoc Professor Elizabeth Dabars AM, CEO/Secretary

Elizabeth is passionate about promoting and advancing the professional and industrial interests of nurses, midwives and personal care assistants. CEO/Secretary since March 2008, Elizabeth works tirelessly to achieve the goals of ANMF (SA Branch) and to create a future that our members seek and so justly deserve. She takes pride in the fact that membership has grown over 100% since she came into office.

She holds qualifications in nursing, education, leadership, management and law, and worked as a solicitor at DBH immediately prior to taking up her current role.

Elizabeth is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Education Centre (ANMEC), the Branch’s registered training organisation, which provides education to hundreds of students annually leading to qualifications in Certificate III in aged care, Certificate IV in Service Co-ordination and Enrolled nurse training. 

Elizabeth became a member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in June 2014 in recognition of her significant service to medical administration, particularly to nursing and midwifery, and to community and mental health organisations.

She is a current member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Return to Work and past member of numerous Boards and Committees including the Country Health SA Health Advisory Council and Emergency Department Taskforce. She was awarded the 2010 Midwifery Advocate of the year Award.  Elizabeth is also a Director of both the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre and Rosemary Bryant Foundation. 

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Nursing Degree (Flinders University), a Post-Graduate Degree in Adult Education (Uni SA), a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree (Adelaide University) a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Society of South Australia and was part of the 2009 Governor’s Leadership Program cohort. She also is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, having completed the AICD Company Directors Course in 2012.

Her academic status is held with Flinders University.

Previously employed as a Personal Care Assistant and later as a Registered Nurse, Elizabeth has worked in a diverse range of settings in metropolitan and rural regions.  She has also taught Diploma and Degree level students on topics including ‘Law and Ethics’ and 'Labour and Industrial Relations Law'.

ANMF (SA Branch) Elected Council


Jocelyn Douglass, President, Executive Member

Jocelyn has worked in both the public and private sectors in acute inpatient, general and psychiatric, and has spent all of her recent practice in acute community mental health. She has been an active Worksite Representative for many years and has been a member of ANMF (SA Branch) Council since 2004 and of the Executive since 2006.

Sharon Horn, Executive Member

Sharon is a Registered nurse working as a Nurse Practitioner within the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program across two large metropolitan hospitals. Sharon has been a Council member since December 2016 and a member of the Executive since December 2017.


Wendy Husker

Wendy is an Enrolled Nurse with an Advanced Diploma of Enrolled Nursing working in public sector rehabilitation services. Wendy is passionate about rehabilitation and long-term care because improved understanding and utilisation of these can alleviate some of the pressures within our health care system.  She is also passionate about nursing and midwifery education and the contribution made by all specialities.  Wendy has been a member of the ANMF (SA Branch) Council since December 2016.

Deb Lewington

During her nursing career Deb has worked in a variety of roles, providing direct patient care and in leadership positions. She has worked in a number of SA major public hospitals as a Registered nurse, predominantly within Emergency Departments, Intensive Care and Surgical Units. She also has experience in finance and governance in nursing and not-for-profit charitable organisations. Deb has been member of the ANMF (SA Branch) Council since December 2012.

Marcelle Johnson

Marcelle is a Registered nurse and Registered midwife with neonatal intensive care training. She currently works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at a large metropolitan public hospital. She has a strong interest in OH&S and is part of the hospital’s Resuscitation Committee that audits code blues. Marcelle is a long standing active Worksite Representative. She has been a member of the ANMF (SA Branch) Council since 2006.

Nannette Lawson

Nanette has worked as a Registered Nurse at a large metropolitan public hospital since 2007, working as a graduate in ICCU and Orthopedics and Plastics, before joining the specialised Stroke and Neurology Ward in 2008. She is an active worksite representative and became a member of the ANMF (SA Branch) Council in December 2018.

Kristen Bull

Kristen has an extensive career as a Registered nurse working in a variety of areas including medical wards, operating theatre, community outreach and renal. Her current position is as a Nurse Educator in Medical/Renal stream at a major metropolitan public hospital. She has been a member of the ANMF (SA Branch) Council since December 2012.

Shareece Carr

Shareece is a Registered nurse currently working in regional South Australia. While there are some stark differences between country and metropolitan workplaces, including workplace size, Shareece has found there are also many similar issues on different scales including staffing levels, skill mix and workforce retention.  She has been a member of the ANMF (SA Branch ) Council since October 2014.

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