Role

The National Nursing and Midwifery Education Advisory Network (NNMEAN) was established as a committee in 2015.

Its role is to provide high-level strategic advice to health ministers. It uses an evidence-based approach to plan and coordinate education, employment and immigration for nurses and midwives in Australia. This includes:

  • nurse practitioners (NPs)
  • registered nurses (RNs)
  • enrolled nurses (ENs)
  • midwives.

The NNMEAN works with us and with the Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Reference Group to provide advice on:

  • education of nurses and midwives to meet the health needs of the Australian community
  • factors that affect nurses and midwives entering the workforce
  • how entry and development pathways can shape future careers
  • developing national supply and demand workforce reports
  • analysing health workforce reports to inform policy advice and strategy
  • specific requests by health ministers.

Members

Membership includes professionals with knowledge, experience and influence in the areas of workforce, education, policy and employment.

NNMEAN members consist of:

  • Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Australian Government Department of Health (Chair)
  • two jurisdictional Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers
  • two university sector representatives
  • one vocational education and training sector representative
  • one private hospital employer group representative
  • one Australian Government education policy representative
  • one Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives representative
  • one Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia representative
  • one Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council representative.

NNMEAN can co-opt members if needed to provide expert advice. This includes establishing time-based working groups, which are chaired by a member.

Member

Organisation

Adjunct Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan (CHAIR)

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Australian Government Department of Health

Adjunct Professor Veronica Casey

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)

Jacqueline Cross

Australia and New Zealand Council of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers (ANZCCNMO)

Karen Gullick

Australian Private Hospital Association (APHA)

Carole Little

TAFE Directors Australia

Drew Menzies-McVey

Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE)

Professor Tracey Moroney

Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (CDNM)

Adjunct Professor Shelley Nowlan

Australia and New Zealand Council of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers (ANZCCNMO)

Clinical Professor Fiona Stoker

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)

Professor Di Twigg

Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (CDNM)

Professor Roianne West

Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM)

Meetings

The NNMEAN normally meets 3 times a year, but may hold additional meetings as required. It will post any public communiques here.

Contact

The Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Division provide the secretariat for the NNMEAN.

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer

Alison McMillan is the Australian Government’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer.

cnmo [at] health.gov.au

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Last updated: 
12 May 2021