NI 2020 BRISBANE 27 – 29 JULY

Keynotes discuss nurses and midwives in the digital age

Keynote speakers

Dr Suzanne B. Bakken

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Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Director, Centre for Evidence-based Practice in the Underserved

Columbia School of Nursing

Recipient of the 2019 IMIA François Grémy Award of Excellence

Suzanne Bakken, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, FIAHSI, is the Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University in New York. Dr Bakken’s program of research focuses on the use of informatics to advance health equity. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Dr Yuan Changrong

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Professor, School of Nursing

Fudan University

Yuan Changrong is Fellow of American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), honorary professor of New York University (NYU), and she was appointed by PROMIS Health Organisation (PHO) as official representative in China.

Prof Yuan is Vice Chairman of the Chinese Association for Life Care, Humanity Nursing Society; Vice chairman of Chinese Health Information and Big Data Association, Committee of Nursing; Vice Chairman of Shanghai Anti-Cancer Association, Committee of Cancer Nursing. Yuan is an editorial board member of Cancer Nursing and co-editor-in-chief of TMR Integrative Nursing. In 2018, she was named by Elsevier as a High-citation Scholar in China.

Prof Dawn Dowding

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Professor in Clinical Decision Making

The University of Manchester

Dawn Dowding is Professor in Clinical Decision Making, School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester, UK. She is a health services researcher, nurse and psychologist with expertise in the field of health care decision making and nursing informatics. Her particular interest is the development and evaluation of decision support tools, and more recently the application of Health Information Technology for assisting decision making in practice. She was previously Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Additional past appointments include Professor of Applied Health Research, University of Leeds UK and a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice from 2009-2010, working at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland CA. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Dr Dowding completed her registered nurse training at St Bartholomew’s College of Nursing and Midwifery, London, has a BSc(Hons) in Psychology with Nursing Studies from City University, London and a PhD in Psychology and Nursing from the University of Surrey, UK.
Dr Michelle Honey

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Senior Lecturer, Nursing, Faculty of Medical and Health Services

University of Auckland

Dr Michelle Honey is a nurse with 30 years’ experience, over half in nursing education. She has been involved with nursing informatics since the early 1990s, and has held leadership roles in nursing informatics in New Zealand. Her interest in nursing informatics has led to research in exploring how information technology can impact nursing and health care – from technology to support consumers, provision of health services and the use of technology for education. Michelle is the New Zealand country representative to the International Medical Informatics Association Nursing Informatics (IMIA-NI) group, and is also on the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) International Committee.
Prof Anne Moen

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Department of Nursing Science

University of Oslo

Anne Moen is a professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, and director of UiO:eColab, Institute for health and society, a research lab supporting technology mediated complex patient interventions in primary care or home setting, and multidisciplinary teamwork of health professionals, patients and families to sustain health and wellbeing. She is founder & CEO of Appetitus AS, a start-up to develop, market and sustain the APPetitus nutrition app.
Prof Paula Procter

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Professor of Nursing Informatics, Department of Nursing and Midwifery

Sheffield Hallam University

Paula has been a leader in the use of technology to support healthcare since 1979 when she implemented the Exeter Nursing System in England. Since that time she has led informatics developments in practice, education and management. Paula currently runs an open access online three-year module for all undergraduate nurses, midwives and allied health professionals covering e health from information security through language and systems to the future possibilities, in all some 2,5000 students have 24/7 access to this module. Paula is a member of the 5 Countries Chief Nursing Officer’s Digital Leadership Group, a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society and Paula has just been elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics.

Paula was made an honorary fellow of IMIA NI in 2012 and from 2013 she has been the Co-Chair of the IMIA NI Education Working Group. With Professor Walter Sermeus and Professor Patrick Weber, Paula was co-chair of the editorial committee for the World Congress on Nursing Informatics (NI 2016, Geneva).

Dr Diane Skiba US Flag

Chair, IMIA NI Special Interest Group and Professor, College of Nursing

University of Colorado

Since 1982, Diane Skiba has taught nurses in the field of Nursing Informatics. Skiba is currently funded by a Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Division of Nursing Advanced Nurse Education training grant to prepare nurses in the field of Informatics. This grant supports online master’s degree and post-master’s programs targeting educators and funds the I-Collaboratory, an innovative online community to support informatics learners.

Skiba was recently appointed to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP). NACNEP advises the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Congress on policy issues related to the Title VIII programs administered by the HRSA Bureau of Health Professions Division of Nursing, including nurse workforce supply, education, and practice improvement.

Skiba writes a column on Emerging Technologies for the National League for Nursing’s Nursing Educational Perspectives journal. Skiba and her colleagues, Drs. Helen Connors (University of Kansas), Diane Billings and Pamela Jeffries (Indiana University), and Mary Anne Rizzolo (NLN) were recently awarded one of the HRSA funded Faculty Development: Integrating Technology into Nursing Education and Practice Initiative grants. This five-year grant is designed to prepare faculty to learn about informatics, telehealth, simulations, and other emerging educational technologies.

Skiba is an honorary member of Sigma Theta Tau and the American Academy of Nursing. In 2005, she was awarded the National League for Nursing Excellence in Teaching Award.

Caron Swinscoe

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Chief Nurse

NHS Digital

Caron Swinscoe is a registered nurse who works with NHS Digital. She is the organisation’s most senior nurse and supports several programmes across the organisation with a focus on clinical governance, clinical effectiveness, clinical safety and user centred design.

Caron has worked in the NHS since 1982 and has held a number of senior posts based in acute trusts and acute care. Prior to joining NHS Digital her role was Chief Nurse of Health Informatics and Head of Clinical Engagement at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Caron believes that the narrative about the ‘digital future’ and the accompanying changes in healthcare has a tendency to focus on technology advances and work processes, however, at the centre of those processes is people, as they are the ones living and experiencing this new care environment.

Caron’s goal is to ensure that the delivery of digital, data and technology in health and care and the associated ‘information revolution’ align with an understanding of the way nurses, midwives and wider clinical professionals prefer to work, identifying best practice which can be shared across the health and social care settings for the benefit of citizens, patients and staff.

Sean Birgan

Sean Birgan

Director of Nursing

Princess Alexandra Hospital

A Registered Nurse with over 35 years experience, Sean Birgan is Director of Nursing of Division of Surgery, Princess Alexandra Hospital and Deputy Stream Lead Surgical Services Metro South Hospital and Health Service. He holds post graduate qualifications in Critical Care Nursing and Masters in Health Management. Sean is currently an Executive member of the Queensland Clinical Senate. Sean has a keen interest in the development of nursing staff into leadership roles and the promotion of new models of nursing care. Sean played a major role in the Surgical Service transition to the integrated electronic medical record at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in 2016.
Prof Len Gray

Prof Len Gray

Director Centre for Health Services Research Faculty of Medicine

The University of Queensland

Len Gray is Director of the Centre for Health Services Research and Professor in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Queensland. He is trained in health management and is a specialist in geriatric medicine. He leads the international development of hospital assessment systems within the interRAI research collaborative to capture and interpret information related to functional and psychosocial status. His research interests focus on aged care, telehealth and informatics.

Cherrie Lowe


TrendCare Systems

Cherrie Lowe is an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management, an Honorary Lecturer and Associate of Monash University for the Faculty of Nursing. Cherrie is a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife and the Co-owner and CEO of Trend Care Systems and Trend Care Systems UK. She was a Senior Quality Surveyor for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards for 25 years and is an experienced executive health service manager having been Director of Nursing and Director of Clinical Services in numerous Australian hospitals for over two decades.

Cherrie is a member of the Australian Information Industry Association, Health Informatics Society of Australia, New Zealand Health I.T. Cluster, Queensland Leaders, and the Australian College of Nursing.

Cherrie has received many awards including; Royal College of Nursing – Distinguished Nursing Service Award, Freehills Breakthrough Award from the Australian Chamber of Commerce, Singapore. Queensland State iAward for e-Health, the Australian National Microsoft iAward for innovation in e-Health, the Australian ICT Exporter of the Year, the Asia Pacific ICT e-Heath Award and an award from the Australian Computer Society for Service Delivery and Training.Cherrie is currently living in Manchester, UK setting up a TrendCare team to service the growing number of TrendCare user sites in UK and Ireland.

Adj/Prof Shelley Nowlan

NI 2020 Chair, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Clinical Excellence Queensland

Queensland Health

Shelley Nowlan is the appointed Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer for Queensland. Shelley has over 30 years’ experience in a range of health settings and of these, 17 years’ experience working closely and within metropolitan, regional and rural public sector executive clinical and health administrative leadership roles.

Shelley is currently focused on early career pathways for graduate Nurses and Midwives by producing operational programs that produce effective Nursing and Midwifery outcomes for Queensland.

Angela Ryan

Chief Clinical Information Officer

Australian Digital Health Agency

Angela Ryan is the Australian Digital Health Agency’s Acting Chief Clinical Information Officer.

Angela is a clinical leadership and health informatics professional with 30 years’ experience in hospitals and public sector organisations, with more than two decade’s experience as a paediatric and adult intensive care Nurse.

Angela is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics and serves as President of the ACHI Council. In 2017, Angela was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study methods to prevent patient harm through national digital health safety governance and has recently completed travel to the UK, USA and Canada as part of the Churchill Fellowship research.

Adj/Prof Isabelle Skinner

Adj/Prof Isabelle Skinner

Former Chief Executive Officer

International Council of Nurses

Isabelle Skinner is a Registered Nurse and Midwife. She is the former CEO for the International Council of Nurses. Isabelle is an Adjunct Professor at James Cook University and has held academic roles at Charles Darwin University, University of Tasmania, La Trobe University and University of Western Australia. Isabelle’s PhD study looked into how a remote region in Australia could address its high amputation rates for people with diabetes using store and forward telehealth wound care solutions. Her partners in this early project went on to develop Wounds West to serve the whole of Western Australia. She is also one of the developers of the app Emojifit® Diabetes, which uses the pictorial language of emojis to help users manage their lifestyle to reduce their risk factors for diabetes complications.
Dr Chrstine Slade

Dr Christine Slade

Senior Lecturer in Higher Education

The University of Queensland

Dr Christine Slade is a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) at the University of Queensland, where she is an active researcher in digital nursing and midwifery curriculum. Since 2004, Christine has advanced her career while living with chronic illness. She is a member of Health Consumers Queensland and regularly contributes to digital healthcare initiatives, such as the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s My Health Record in Emergency Departments’ Oversight Committee. Recently, she participated in the Queensland Department of Health’s Digital Simulation and Workshop for the Nursing and Midwifery Digital Strategy.