Keynote speakers

The CDNM 2022 symposium organizing committee are pleased to confirm the below keynote speakers who will be sharing their knowledge at the upcoming symposium.

Professor and Co-Director Sue Kildea, Molly Wardaguga Research Centre, College of Nursing and Midwifery, Charles Darwin University
Prof Sue Kildea is internationally recognised as a midwifery leader in First Nations maternal and infant health service redesign. She has clinical, research and policy experience in nursing and midwifery and has worked for the World Health and other Organisations in Indonesia, Mongolia, Geneva, Jordan, Viet Nam, Canada and Japan. Together with a Senior Elder from Maningrida in Arnhem Land, Molly Wardaguga, she received the UTS Human Rights Award for contribution to advancing reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians (2004). In 2019, Sue launched the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre. Molly’s vision to support women’s cultural and birthing aspirations, especially those living in remote locations, will endure through the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre. Sue’s research is firmly embedded in health service delivery where she works with stakeholders, using participatory action research, to redesign services. Sue leads a team of applied health services researchers, has led international and national randomised controlled trials and in 2018, she won Research Australia’s Health services Research Award.

Professor (Practice) Alison J McMillan, Australian Government Department of Health’s Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
Alison McMillan commenced as the Australian Government Department of Health’s Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer in November 2019. Alison is a Registered Nurse with a Critical Care Nursing Certificate, a Bachelor Degree in Education, and  a Master of Business Administration.  She was awarded a Public Service Medal in June 2021 for outstanding public service to driving the Government’s national health response priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly to infection prevention measures, and awarded a National Emergency Medal in recognition of service following the 2009 Victorian Bushfires. Alison has held senior executive roles in government and health services within Victoria including Director of Quality and Safety and Patient Experience, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, and Deputy Director of Strategy and Policy, Emergency Management Branch. Alison is leading work on the development of the National Nursing Strategy with a vision of realising the value of nurses in meeting Australia’s health and aged care needs now and into the future. The Strategy will also enhance the delivery of nursing care to the Australian community by addressing workforce issues of national significance under four pillars: education and lifelong learning, recruitment and retention, leadership, and models of care.  The Strategy will provide a blueprint for how the nursing profession will be developed and improved into the future, with implementation priorities established, delivered and evaluated on an ongoing basis, across immediate, medium and long-term time horizons. 

Professor Jill White, University of Sydney and University of Technology, Sydney
Jill White is a WHO Western Pacific Region Nursing Representative on the Nursing Now Campaign Global Board. Jill is currently a Professor Emerita at the Faculty of Medicine & Health at the University of Sydney and was the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sydney from 2008-2015 and Fellow of the University Senate of the University of Sydney in 2014-2017. Jill is also currently Professor Emerita at the Faculty of Health University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and was the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing Midwifery and Health at the University of Technology, Sydney between 1997-2008.
Jill is the Independent consultant in the areas of health education, regulation and policy from 2018 to present. She was a Visiting Scholar with International Council of Nurses, Geneva 2015/6 and ICN Associate Director (Global Education) 2017/8 and the Fulbright Senior Scholar, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, in 2015. Jill was the Inaugural Chair of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council between 2010-2013.