Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer

Adjunct Associate Professor Lydia Dennett has been appointed as SA Health’s Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer.

The Chief Nurse at SA Health is the professional link between the Minister for Health, the Chief Executive for Health and the nursing and midwifery professions in South Australia.

The Chief Nurse is responsible for the provision of professional leadership, advice and broad direction on a diverse range of nursing and midwifery issues including but not limited to:

  • strategic thinking, planning and partnering
  • person centred care and practice
  • nursing and midwifery attraction, recruitment and retention
  • workforce planning and reform
  • education, training and professional development
  • collaborative partnerships
  • nursing and midwifery informatics
  • legislation, regulation and policy development
  • quality and safety standards
  • research development
  • marketing and promotion.

Adjunct Associate Professor Lydia Dennett originally trained in the United Kingdom and has lived and worked in Australia for over 20 years. Lydia was appointed as the Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery for Western Health in Melbourne in 2007, before moving to SA Health as Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer in November 2011. Lydia is also a surveyor for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, and has been surveying since 2005. This reflects her commitment and focus on improving the quality of care delivery for patients/clients and their families.

For general enquiries:

Telephone: (08) 8226 0749

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