Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer

Adjunct Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan was appointed the Commonwealth Government Department of Health’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer in November 2019.

A Registered Nurse, Alison holds a Bachelor Degree in Education, a Master of Business Administration and in 2009 received a National Emergency Medal in recognition of service following the Victorian Bushfires.

As the Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Alison delivers high-level policy advice to the Minister for Health, the Executive and staff within the Department of Health and represents the Department at national and international levels.

Alison’s experience spans more than 30 years across the Victorian and English public health systems. She is an experienced manager having held senior executive roles in government and health services including as Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer in Victoria where she made a major contribution to the work to improve the recognition of, and response to, clinical deterioration as the Chair of the Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care’s Steering Committee on the deteriorating patient for 5 years.

Alison’s commitment and contributions to advancing community health outcomes includes her activities abroad as Deputy Team Leader, Australian Foreign Medical Team in Banda Aceh, Indonesia in 2005 following the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Nurse and Midwifery Team Leader for the Australian Medical Assistance Team deployment to Vanuatu following cyclone Pam in 2015 and advisor to the Ministry for Health Fiji on behalf of the Australian Government following Cyclone Winston in 2016.

Alison is also the co-chair of the Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG.)

The Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (OCNMO) was closely involved in two significant reports on nursing published in late 2019 and 2020:

  • Educating the Nurse of the Future is part of the independent review of nursing education by Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz AM. The report focuses on the preparation of nurses and whether this preparation meets the service needs of Australia’s future health system
  • Advanced Nursing Practice - Guidelines for the Australian Context by the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers Australia has been produced to reduce confusion about the scope of advanced nursing practice roles and provides greater clarity and understanding for nurses, employers, consumers and policy makers.

Alison has been closely involved with aged care colleagues to support the workforce and aged care industry. Alison reflects the Minister's thanks for all they have done in 2020.

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