SWSLHD Nursing and Midwifery Research Alliance Virtual Launch

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Topic Summary

The official launch of the South Western Sydney Nursing and Midwifery Research Alliance (SWS NMRA) is a collaborative initiative between SWSLHD and the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, which aims to foster a vibrant research culture within the nursing and midwifery professional discipline. The launch will be preceded by a Research Showcase session highlighting the nursing and midwifery research projects in SWSLHD.

In this session, the NSW Health Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Jacqui Cross will deliver a keynote speech on collaborations between the Ministry of Health and Local Health Districts to increase the research capacity of nurses and midwives. Professor Josephine Chow will present on the TEACH-PD project, which is a global approach to support nurses to conduct research. Following this, Associate Professor Steve Frost will present on the topic of frailty research and local research support for nurses.

Meet the Speakers

Ms Jacqui Cross

Ms Jacqui Cross has been in the position of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer for over 5 years.  She brings a breadth of experience to the role after previously holding a variety of nursing roles within NSW Health, as a Registered Nurse, Nursing Unit Manager and most recently as the Director of Nursing at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the Director of Nursing and Midwifery at South Western Sydney Local Health District.

In her role she provides professional leadership and direction on a diverse range of nursing and midwifery issues across the public health system and is committed to the development of workplace cultures which focus on person centred care.

Ms Cross will be deliver a keynote address about the NSW Ministry of Health collaborations and initiatives with SWSLHD to increase research capacity of nurses and midwives including NAMO grants for SWSLHD. Past examples include Safewards, Judith Meppem scholarship and Innovative Scholarships

Dr Amanda Larkin

Dr Amanda Larkin is the Chief Executive of South Western Sydney Local Health District. Previously Amanda worked as the General Manager of Camden and Campbelltown Hospitals and the Queen Victoria Memorial Home. Dr. Larkin has a Bachelor of Social Work, Associate Diploma in Environmental Service and is a Doctorate in Business Administration.

Dr Larkin has over 25 years of experience in health service management working in the areas of community health, corporate services and acute service management in small and large health services. Amanda currently serves as a Board member of the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research and the South Western Sydney Medicare Local.

Dr Amanda Larkin will deliver a welcoming address for the official launch of the South Western Sydney Nursing and Midwifery Research Alliance

Professor Les Bokey

Professor Les Bokey AM., M.S., F. R.A.C.S., F.R.C.S.  (Glas.) (Hon.)

Professor Bokey is the Director of Research for the South Western Sydney Local Health District, Institute Director at The Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research. He is the Foundation Professor of Surgery and Clinical Dean, Western Sydney University at Liverpool Hospital.  His research interests include screening, and early diagnosis of bowel cancer, outcomes after surgery for bowel cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, robotics and automation in health.  He is the Director of The Robotic and Health Technologies at the Ingham institute.   His expertise and technical innovations, especially in rectal cancer surgery, are acknowledged internationally.

Professor Bokey has worked at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Goteborg and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  Before joining Western Sydney University, he was Head of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Associate Dean of Surgical Sciences at Sydney University.

In 2016, he was appointed Interim Director of ‘Maridulu Budyari Gumal’ The Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research & Enterprise (SPHERE) and was instrumental in fostering clinical academic groups across the partnership which subsequently led to NHMRC AHRTC accreditation of SPHERE.

He has been awarded The Order of Australia Medal for service to medicine as colorectal surgeon and establishment of surgical education programs, research, and medical administration.

Prof Bokey will speak about how the appointment of the Professor of Nursing is contributing to the SWSLHD Research Strategy.

Ms Sonia Marshall

Ms Sonia Marshall is an experienced Director of Nursing and Midwifery with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. She is highly skilled in operational and strategic management of Nursing and Midwifery workforce growth and development, Midwifery services, Development and Implementation of new Models of Care, Collaborative Practice, Clinical Research, Nursing Education, and Working with teams on bringing about cultural change. Ms Marshall has provided dynamic leadership and vision.

Ms Sonia Marshall will be hosting the official launch of the South Western Sydney Nursing and Midwifery Research Alliance. She will also be officiating the launch of SWS NMRA by outlining the purpose, vision and strategic partnerships of the SWS NMRA.

Professor Josephine Chow

Professor Josephine Chow holds senior executive positions and portfolio in NSW Health which has influenced government policy and clinical practice through roles on State Clinical Networks (Chair and/or members of Peak Committees), The HOME Network (Chair) and The International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis Nursing Liaison Committee (Member).

Professor Chow is the Professor of Nursing at the South Western Sydney Nursing and Research Alliance, and Director of Strategy and Partnerships at SWSLHD and provides leadership in defining the strategic course for the District ensuring a sharp focus on long term strategic priorities and that shorter-term plans are aligned with these directions with overall responsibility for the day to day management of the Clinical Innovation and Business Unit.

Professor Chow will be on presenting on a Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial in TEACH-PD, a global approach to support nurses in research

Associate Professor Steven Frost

Associate Professor Steven Frost is the Deputy Director of the South Western Sydney Local Health District’s South Western Sydney Nursing and Midwifery Research Alliance, based at the Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research, Liverpool Hospital. Steve has been employed as a registered nurse by the SWSLHD since 1994 and started lecturing at Western Sydney University in 2005. Having been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in intensive care, and Clinical Nurse Consultant in the Medical Emergency Team (MET) Research and Training unit, Simpson Centre for Health Services Research, prior to joining WSU. Steve has a post-graduate certificate in intensive care nursing from Liverpool Hospital, a Masters of Public Health and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of New South Wales.

Associate Professor Steven Frost will be discussing the frailty research he has been conducting and the provision of local research support for nurses and midwives.