Keynote Speakers

The ICIN 2016 Congress Secretariat has invited an exciting array of keynote speakers.  More speakers will be announced soon.


Catherine Stoddart 
Professor Catherine Stoddart has been Chief Nurse Oxford University Hospitals Trust since April 2014. She was previously the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer of Western Australia. Catherine has held positions in both the Australian State and Commonwealth Governments. She has held executive management roles and senior clinical nursing positions across Tertiary, General and Rural Australia including the Executive Director of Nursing across WA Country Health Service and the Regional Director for the Kimberley.

She is a Nuffield Fellow (2000) and Churchill Fellow (2006) which allowed her to review models for isolated nursing practice in Alaska and Canada, focusing on Indigenous communities. In 2009 she was founder of the Global Health Alliance, Western Australia which has established as a mechanism health professionals to contribute to global health. Catherine aims to ensure all health professionals contribute to healthcare improvement and high quality care for our community. She believes it is essential to build nurses who have contemporary expertise, skills and professionalism in order to deliver excellent care that is world class.

Catherine is has developed the Nursing and Midwifery Strategy for OUHT which is aiming to achieve international recognition as a Magnet Trust by 2018. She is passionate about ensuring that Oxford is the city where nurses and midwives can have a thriving professional career while delivering excellent care to patients and the community.

Catherine was awarded the 2011 Telstra Western Australia Business Woman of the Year and in September 2013 she was awarded the Queens Honour of Public Service Medal (PSM) in recognition of her contribution to nursing and the development of innovative community volunteering initiatives.

Catherine has a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing), Master of Science (Project Management), Master of Business Administration. 


Dr Maureen Coombs MBE PhD RN
Professor in Clinical Nursing (Critical Care)
Victoria University, Wellington
Capital and Coast District Health Board
Wellington, New Zealand

Maureen is Professor in Clinical Nursing (Critical Care) at Victoria University Wellington. In this role she works closely with academic and clinical colleagues to improve patient outcomes through supporting delivery of evidence based care by capable and competent practitioners. During her extensive health care career, Maureen has held senior clinical practice, service management and academic roles. She had led the UK’s first 24 hour critical care outreach service, provided high level clinical mentorship to an innovative clinical academic programme developing Masters and doctoral prepared nurses, and held the position of Chair of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Maureen’s clinical practice with long term chronically critically ill patients has directed her research platform on end of life with a focus on developing family centred care and developing workforce capacity in end of life care for acute and critical care.  She is internationally recognised for her work relating to end of life care and for her pragmatic approach to nursing leadership. Maureen is an editorial board member of several international peers reviewed journals. She has published widely in journals and books, and has presented extensively. She is currently part of an international taskforce developing family centred care guidelines for the Society of Critical Care Medicine.


Professor Alison Kitson RN, BSc (Hons), DPhil, FRCN, FAAN, FAAHMS
Dean of Nursing and Head of School,
School of Nursing at the University of Adelaide
Associate Fellow,
Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford

Alison Kitson is the Dean of Nursing and Head of School for the School of Nursing at the University of Adelaide.

Before coming to Australia, Alison had a long and successful career in executive leadership, education and research in the United Kingdom.

Alison holds many honorary positions internationally and has published extensively on the subject of implementing evidence into practice.

Her contribution to nursing is recognised through having been awarded many prestigious accolades including the Florence Nightingale Leadership Award in 2004; Distinguished Graduate of the Year from the University of Ulster in 2002, a Florence Nightingale Travel Award in 1999 and a Fellowship of the RCN in 1991.

2009 was the year Alison became a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing for her work on standards of nursing care and getting evidence into practice. In 2013 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Malmo in Sweden for her contribution to nursing scholarship and leadership. In 2015 Alison was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, Australia for her work in Knowledge Translation.


Associate Professor Michelle Kelly

Associate Professor Michelle Kelly commence at Curtin University, Perth (Western Australia) in July 2015 to take up the position of Director: Community of Practice in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine. Within this new role Michelle is responsible for enhancing the scholarship and pedagogy of healthcare simulation within the School and to strengthen connections across seven other disciplines within the Faculty of Health Sciences. External facing responsibilities encompass relationships with clinical partners, other academic institutions and professional simulation societies locally, nationally and internationally. Michelle has authored 16 peer reviewed articles in the area of healthcare simulation.

Previously, Michelle was the Director of Simulation and Technologies at the Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and led the integration of simulation and technologies across Faculty curricula. Involvement with emerging and professional simulation groups, including project work, continues in the new role and extends beyond Australia to the USA, Europe, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Samoa, New Zealand, Korea and China. Research areas include: simulation and clinical judgement for practice; simulation and ICT within curricula; and best practice guidelines for OSCEs. Michelle contributes in an advisory capacity to a number of national healthcare simulation projects and groups, and is a Past Chair of the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH).


Greta G. Cummings RN PhD FCAHS FAAN

Dr. Cummings leads the CLEAROutcomes (Connecting Leadership Education & Research) research program in leadership science in health services, which focuses on the leadership practices of healthcare decision-makers and managers to achieve better outcomes for providers and patients.  Dr. Cummings has systematically documented both positive and negative effects of specific leadership practices on outcomes for the health system, the healthcare workforce and for patients.

She has published over 150 papers in the past decade and in 2014 was noted by Thomson Reuters as a Highly Cited Researcher in Social Sciences.  Dr. Cummings’ has received the Canadian Nurses Association Order of Merit for Research, and in 2015 was inaugurated into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.


Karen Bradley
Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer

Since July 2014, Karen Bradley has held the position of Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer (CNMO). This role is the professional link and advisor to the Western Australian (WA) Minister for Health, the Director General of the WA Department of Health (WA Health), as well as the professional lead for the State’s 36,800 nurses and midwives working within public, private and non-government health services, education and other sectors.

Since July 2014, Karen Bradley has held the position of Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer (CNMO). This role is the professional link and advisor to the Western Australian (WA) Minister for Health, the Director General of the WA Department of Health (WA Health), as well as the professional lead for the State’s 36,800 nurses and midwives working within public, private and non-government health services, education and other sectors.

As CNMO, Karen represents and promotes the interests of nursing and midwifery in WA nationally and internationally through membership of the Australian and New Zealand Council of Chief Nurses (ANZCCN).

The CNMO is the lead for the WA Nursing and Midwifery Office, responsible for setting the strategic, professional and workforce oriented agenda for the nursing and midwifery professions of WA.

Karen has been a registered nurse for 25 years and has worked in a variety of clinical, health service management and leadership roles within private, public, metropolitan and rural health service settings in WA.