Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Reference Group

The Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Reference Group (NMSRG) advises us and the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer on relevant nursing and midwifery policy and strategy issues.

Role

We established the Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Reference Group (NMSRG) to allow nursing and midwifery experts to provide comment and advice on:

  • relevant nursing and midwifery policy and strategy issues
  • education and workforce planning
  • nursing measures we are responsible for.

In 2015, the committee moved its education and workforce objectives to the National Nursing and Midwifery Education Advisory Group (NNMEAN). This allowed the NMSRG to focus on stakeholder engagement about strategic policy initiatives and issues that affect nursing and midwifery.

Since 2020, the NMSRG has provided critical, timely strategic advice to the Australian Government about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination rollout.

Members

Member

Organisation

Adjunct Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan (Chair)

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Department of Health

Derek Dittrich

Aged and Community Services Australia

Adjunct Professor Tanya Farrell

Australian and New Zealand Council of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers

Adjunct Professor Shelley Nowlan

Australian and New Zealand Council of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers

Conjoint Professor Michael Hazelton

Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

Luke Williamson

Australian College of Midwives

Leanne Boase

Australian College of Nurse Practitioners

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward

Australian College of Nursing

Clinical Professor Fiona Stoker

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council

Annie Butler

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Karen Booth

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association

Karen Guillick

Australian Private Hospitals Association

Dani Meinema

Catholic Health Australia

Professor Roianne West

Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives

Joanne Muller

Consumers Health Forum

Professor Karen Strickland

Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (Australia and New Zealand)

Katherine Isbister

CRANAPlus

Lieutenant Colonel Serena Lawlor

Defence Force Nursing

Jane Gallagher

Department of Veterans’ Affairs – Nursing

Marlene Eggert

Leading Aged Services Australia

Tanya Vogt

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Debbie Blow

Vocational Education Sector – Nursing

Meetings

The NMSRG meets a minimum of 4 times per year, either face-to-face or by videoconference. NMSRG will post any public communiques here.

Contact

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

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer

Adjunct Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan PSM, is the Australian Government’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer.
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