New Commonwealth Chief Nurse Appointed

The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing has appointed Ms Rosemary Bryant as the first Commonwealth Chief Nurse in preconisation of the major role played by the nursing profession in the delivery of effective health care in Australia.

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22 June 2008

The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing has appointed Ms Rosemary Bryant as the first Commonwealth Chief Nurse in preconisation of the major role played by the nursing profession in the delivery of effective health care in Australia.

Announcing the appointment the Secretary of the Department, Jane Halton, said Ms Bryant has had a long and distinguished career in health care and in acute hospital and community nursing, as well as in government relations.

“Ms Bryant is currently the Executive Director of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia, a position she has held since 2000,” Ms Halton said.

“In this role and in previous roles, Ms Bryant has been a vocal advocate for Australia’s nurses.”

Ms Bryant has held many national and international leadership roles. She is currently the Second Vice President of the International Council of Nurses – the international body for nursing comprising of 129 member nations and representing 13 million nurses.

“Ms Bryant has had experience in the area of nursing education, policy for the regulation of nursing and has practical experience as a consultant to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the Nepal Nursing Council,” Ms Halton said.

“As the inaugural Commonwealth Chief Nurse, Rosemary brings her highly respected national and international experience and leadership to contribute to the future policy development in nursing and the broader health sector reforms.”

The Department of Health and Ageing will be using Ms Bryant’s expertise to contribute to policy advice to the government in a range of areas, including nursing workforce and education and training issues, primary and acute care services and aged care.

Media contact: Kay McNiece, 0412 132 585

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