2011 Robb College Health Dinner and Lecture

Published 16 October 2011

mary_chiarella_smlRobb College, in conjunction with the UNE School of Health, will host an annual Health Dinner and Lecture to commence in 2011.

This year the speaker delivering the lecture at the dinner will be Professor Mary Chiarella. The topic of her lecture will be “Protecting the public from harm: do national registration schemes for health professionals work?”.

Members of the public are invited to attend the lecture, which will take place on Wednesday, October 19, at 6:00pm in the Robb College Dining Hall.

Prof Chiarella’s career spans 40 years both in the United Kingdom and Australia across a variety of nursing services.

Prof Chiarella is Professor of Nursing, Sydney Nursing School at the University of Sydney. In 2003/04 she was the Chief Nursing Officer, NSW Health Department and prior to that was the Foundation Professor of Nursing in Corrections Health, with the University of Technology, Sydney. In the past she was a Director at the NSW College of Nursing from 1990 -1997 and has also served as a Board member and Junior Vice-President to the NSWCN Board.

Prof Chiarella has provided her professional expertise to health services, organisations and governments over the years. Examples include a review of professional practice and boundary issues for Justice Health, and membership of the NSW Law Reform Commission Division Working Group on minor’s consent to medical treatment. In relation to her health law and ethics work, she was a founding member of the Australian Bioethics Association and the Australian Institute for Health, Law and Ethics, was Chair of the Advanced Care Planning Committee for NSW Health and is currently a member of the Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel for NSW Health.

In relation to her regulatory work, she has served on Nursing Tribunals, Professional Standards Committees and Impaired Nurses Panels, she has been a member of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Board, Chair of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council from 2007 -2009; and is currently the NSW nominee on the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia (NMBA); and Chair of the Policy Work-ing Group of NMBA.

In relation to her safety and quality work, she was a Ministerial appointment to the NSW Qual-ity Council, a Board member of the NSW Institute for Clinical Excellence and a former co-chair of the Clinical Coun-cil for the Clinical Excellence Commission. She also currently serves as one of the Federal Minister for Health’s three independent members on the Board of Health Workforce Australia.

RSVP to the lecture by Tuesday 18th October, email robb@une.edu.au or phone Robb College Office on 6773 1700.