President - Louise Wightman
Vice President - VACANT
Treasurer - Creina Mitchell
Secretary - Ashlee Sherman
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
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Janice Finlayson is a registered nurse with qualifications in midwifery (NSW), training and assessment (QLD) and Graduate Diploma’s in Community Health (VIC) and Maternal and Child Health (VIC).
She has focused her expertise in bringing innovation into child and family health programs; including the award winning, ‘Health Start – Birth to Five Years’ Program in Far West NSW and more recently, the new standardised, systematised and evidence-based well child health program for the Norther Territory – the ‘Healthy Under 5 Kids-Partnering with Families’ (HU5K-PF) Program.
Currently, Jan hold a position with Wyndham City Council as a MCH Team Leader.
Jan has been involved in Queensland Child and Family Health Nurses Association (QCAFHNA) Incorporated since 2009 and currently holds the position of ‘President’.
In 2011, Jan was accepted as one of the Queensland representative on the national board of Maternal Child and Family Health Nurses Australian (MCaFHNA).
Julian is a lecturer in child and youth health at Flinders University South Australia. Having lived and worked in a range of rural, remote and metropolitan areas in Australia, Julian’s research and practice interests are driven by a social justice agenda of equity in health care for children and families.
Julian’s interests are directed towards understanding how child health professionals work with culture in the everyday work place of child and family health. Julian’s recent research extends into structural and professional frameworks that support refugees who are parenting in a new country of Australia.
Julian is currently working with the Australian refugee foundation and Migrant health to explore how parents who are refugees develop parenting capacity in a new country.
In her spare time Julian and her partner are kept busy with two teenage children, two dogs, three chickens, a vegetable garden, a house renovation, and long walks on the beach!
Creina Mitchell is a registered nurse, midwife and maternal and child health nurse. Over the past 25 years she has worked in hospital, local government, state government and academic settings; predominately in areas related to maternal and child health.
Creina was the coordinator of the Child, Family and Community postgraduate nursing stream at La Trobe University, Victoria for over six years before she moved to Queensland in 2009. Currently she holds the position of Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University.
Since her move to Queensland, Creina has worked with other Queenslanders to establish the Queensland Child and Family Health Nurse Association (QCAFHNA), so Queensland has a voice on the National MCaFHNA Board. She continues to contribute to the maternal and child health nursing profession by active involvement in this newly formed state association. She was a member of the National MCaFHNA conference committee and worked with representatives from across Australia to organize the 2011 4th Biennial Conference held in Queensland at the Gold Coast.
Alice has been a member of the SACFHNA committee since 2005.
Alice has worked in the area of child and family health nursing for the past 14 years and has fulfilled clinical, project and leadership roles; she currently works as a Clinical Practice Consultant in the southern region of Child and Family Health Service. Alice is passionate about ensuring children and their families are able to access a quality service to ensure that they can develop to their full potential.
Alice enjoys being physically active, gardening and cooking in her spare time, along with spending time with her husband, daughter and son.
Helen Watson is the Team Leader of Maternal and Child Health and Immunisation Services with a South Eastern
Melbourne Municipality. She is a division 1 Nurse, a midwife with qualifications in Child, Family and Community
Nursing, Business Management immunisation and Lactation. She is currently the VAMCHN president.
Helen has worked in various areas of nursing over her career and is passionate about working with young families as a
Maternal and Child Health nurse. She is a mother with now 4 adult sons and that is important as they have changed her
thinking dramatically over the years. The two roles, nurse and mother are inextricably linked and together form a large
part of her life.
Having the privilege of walking with young families over the years, she has learnt and taken pride in the dynamic
responses to their issues and needs that are possible when MCH nurses work together in partnership with the family.
Even in our current climate of budgetary restraints imagination and flexibility of mind can create opportunities to
support families. Helen recognises the importance of a political voice to advocate for services on behalf of families with
all levels of government. She argues strongly of the importance of a well-educated and respected nursing workforce
that is imperative in sustaining positive outcomes for children and their families.
I am currently employed with Yarra Ranges Council in Victoria in the role of Enhanced Maternal & Child Health Nurse.
I became very interested in the voice of the Maternal & Child Health Nurses at a state level and then later at a National Level. I feel it is very important that Maternal & child Health Nurses across Australia are heard and that their opinions impact policy direction and initiatives for the greater good of the states in which we work and most importantly the families and children with whom we work each day.
I bring to the role of MCaFHNA State Representative considerable experience and expertise in the field of general Nursing, Midwifery and Maternal & Child Health.
I have held the executive office of Secretary of VAMCHN for a number of years and more recently as Vice President and State Representative for MCaFHNA.
I have represented VAMCHN Maternal & Child Health nurses at a state level in the recent Victorian maternal & Child Health Review, the Productivity Commission,organisational change within workplaces, negotiation of Maternal & Child Health Enterprise Agreements, and workcover discussions.
In recent times I have written and compiled a number of submissions for VAMCHN relating to maternal & Child Health and the impact of proposed government changes on the Maternal & Child Health Service in Victoria.
In closing, I look forward to continue to represent Victorian Maternal & Child Health Nurses into the future.
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Louise Wightman, RN, RM Ba Nursing, Master of Learning Management, IBCLC. Louise currently works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Child and Family Health in a regional health service.
Louise has worked as a Nurse, Midwife and Child and Family Health nurse in a variety of regional, rural and remote nursing and community services in QLD and WA before moving to NSW in 2008.
Louise has a keen interest in research related to parenting, education and the health and wellbeing of families and currently holds an adjunct lecturer position at CSU Dubbo, NSW to conduct research.
She has been a member of CAFHNA since 2008 and took position on the NSW committee in 2015 and commenced as board member of MCaFHNA in 2015
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Qualifications : Registered General Nurse , Registered Midwife , Graduate Certificates (Child , Adolescent & Family Health Nursing) (Child & Adolescent Mental Heath Nursing)
After gaining and consolidating Nursing and Midwifery qualifications in Scotland , Lynda returned to Australia in 1994 .
Since 1997 working in the field of Child and Family Health, within a variety of roles including targeted and universal platforms and clinical leadership.
Lynda is passionate in using a strengths based partnership to achieve better health outcomes for children and families. In 2005 Lynda was involved with the conception of SACaFHNA and over the years has held office bearer and committee member roles
Lynda's priorities in her life are her family , maintaining a healthy work life balance and travel
Suzanne is dedicated to improving the health and well being of children and families. She has worked in the WA Goldfields as a school nurse, Child Health Nurse, Community Nurse Specialist and now Staff Development Nurse for Community Health for the region.
Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Family Health Nursing and she is currently working towards a Master of Nursing.
Suzanne has a strong interest in teaching, policy, infant mental health and helping children and families at risk.
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Genny Herbert RN, RM, Grad Cert Management, Public Health, & current IBCLC. Genny currently works as a Clinical Nurse Manager, for Maternal & Child Health in the ACT. Maternal & Child Health is part of the Women’s Youth & Children’s Division of The Canberra Hospital.
Genny has worked as a community nurse, midwife, women’s health nurse and Maternal & Child health nurse in local hospitals, local government, Commonwealth government; predominately in areas related to community health models of care across Canberra & NSW Central Coast since late 1980.
Genny has a passion to support women to have the best possible journey into motherhood.
She has been a member of CAFNAACT since 2014 and commenced her position as board member of MCaFHNA in 2018.
Mary trained as a registered Nurse and Midwife in Victoria and worked as a District Nurse before moving to the ACT in 1988 to work at the Canberra Hospital as a Midwife.
After having children she worked in the Neonatal Intensive care unit at Canberra Hospital and as a Discharge Liaison nurse.
During this time she completed a Bachelor of Health Science Nursing at Charles Sturt University and a Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health (Karitane) at the University of Western Sydney.
Mary completed her Master of Clinical Nursing at the University of Tasmania in 2012. She has a strong commitment to Maternal and Child Health and Primary Health care and has worked for ACT Health as a Maternal and Child Health Nurse for the last ten years.
In her spare time she likes to cycle and travel
Ashlee trained as a RN (1988) and RM (1993) at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in South Australia. Since then she has gained post graduate qualifications in Bachelor of Nursing (post registration) at Monash university; Post Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health Nursing and Masters of Clinical Nursing at the University of Tasmania.
Over the past twenty five years she has worked with families in various roles as a Midwife in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. She has worked as a Child and Family Health Nurse in Tasmania since 2008.
Currently she holds the position of Nurse Unit Manager with the Child Health and Parenting Service for the North of Tasmania.
Ashlee’s interests include maintaining a work life balance, prioritising family and enjoys weekends at the beach.
I have worked in Maternal, Child & Family Health services and programs across NSW since 1988.
My passion of working with families, particularly within Aboriginal communities, focused on supporting parents and carers through strength based practices and self determination to facilitate optimal health outcomes for mothers, babies and their families.
Completing a Masters of Perinatal and Infant Mental Health has led my career trajectory of working with parents and carers to be the best they can be in a child’s life through the provision of a safe and nurturing environment.
As an active advocate for our profession, I have represented CAFHNA at the NSW Parliamentary Enquiry for Mothers & Babies, 2018 and as a member AAIMHI & WAIMH, I presented at the WAIMH Conference in Prague 2016 (topic - Assessing the social & emotion wellbeing of mothers & carers of Aboriginal infants and children through ArtsHealth intervention)
I currently hold an executive position on the CAFHNA board (Vice President) & more recently was elected as one the two NSW representative on MaCAFHNA.
I have worked in Community Health in Western Australia since 1989 initially as a Community Health Nurse in the Pilbara working with Aboriginal Health workers to provide primary health services.