School Executive

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is led by an executive team who understand the importance of an outstanding student experience and transformative research outcomes.

Professor Lisa McKenna

Professor Lisa McKenna is Dean and Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She is a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife and Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing. Professor McKenna has extensive experience in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate health professionals. She has researched and published extensively on health education and workforce, particularly in the areas of interprofessional education, simulation, graduate transition to practice, workplace violence and peer-assisted learning. Professor McKenna has over 200 publications in international refereed journals, ten textbooks and many book chapters and conference presentations. She is regularly invited to present her work nationally and internationally. She is Editor-in-Chief of Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research and Editorial Advisor for Nurse Education Today.

Associate Professor Janette Collier

Associate Professor Janette Collier is acting Director of the Australian Institute for Primary Care and Ageing (AIPCA), a research centre located within the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Associate Professor Collier specialises in aged care assessment including the use of technology during assessment. Associate Professor Collier is also a PhD Candidate within the School, researching the impact of pet ownership on older people transitioning to residential aged care.

Associate Professor Bev Copnell

Associate Professor Bev Copnell is Director of Graduate Research and Director of the Northern Clinical School in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She has researched and published widely in clinical nursing practice, particularly in paediatric nursing and professional nursing issues. Her current research interests include caring for families of hospitalised children, end-of-life care for infants and children in acute care settings, and nursing workforce issues. She is an editor of Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research and a member of the Editorial Board of Paediatric Critical Care Medicine.

Dr Jenny Davis

Dr Jenny Davis is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She specialises in nursing education and history, health workforce optimisation, advanced practice development and the contribution of nursing and information management to health care quality. Dr Davis has worked across diverse public health and tertiary education settings to manage research programs which deliver organisational and industry impact. She has postgraduate qualifications in nursing, midwifery, education and information management. She has published several co-edited books and book chapters and over 20 refereed international journal articles and is a reviewer for several multidisciplinary journals. She has been awarded over $2M in collaborative grant funding for projects that delivered organisational and industry impact.

Professor Christine East

Professor Christine East is a nurse and midwife and holds a joint appointment between Mercy Health and La Trobe University, maximising the synergies between senior clinical governance and nursing and midwifery research strategy. With over 30 years of clinical and research experience, she has developed wide-reaching collaborative networks. These have enabled the development of research efforts for evaluating and improving the perinatal health of Australia’s mothers and babies. Three-quarters of her 100+ peer-reviewed publications are as primary or senior author. She is an Editor of Cochrane Pregnancy & Childbirth. Her wide-reaching networks and collaborations provide an excellent platform to generate, evaluate and implement evidence.

Professor David Edvardsson

Professor David Edvardsson is Director of the Austin Clinical School of Nursing and Associate Head of School (Clinical Schools). He is a Registered Nurse with a research Master and PhD in nursing, and a member of the Australian College of Nursing, the Swedish Society of Nurses and the Gerontological Society of America. Professor Edvardsson is an internationally recognised and awarded expert in health promoting nursing, clinical nursing and geriatric/gerontological nursing. He has numerous international peer-review publications, and a h-index of 36 with about 10,000 citations. He is the Associate Editor of Nordic Journal of Nursing Research and former Regional Editor of Health and Social Care in the Community, with a global network of collaborators.

Ms Danielle Hearn

Ms Danielle Hearn is the School Manager for the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She has an extensive people and business management background from a range of industries. As the School Manager, Ms Hearn is the primary advisor to the Head of School and School Executive on all matters pertaining to the University, School and College policies, operations and business processes.

Dr Karen Lawrence

Dr Karen Lawrence is Director of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Clinical School in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and interim Director of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Academic and Research Collaborative in Health. As Clinical School Director, she leads and manages academic staff located at the Royal Melbourne Hospital Clinical School and oversees the resourcing of coursework delivery. Dr Lawrence is a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife and is passionate about improving the quality of learning in the clinical environment. She is interested in student learning and engagement, teaching and curriculum development, and is leading the course portfolio reform in the College of Science, Health and Engineering.

Dr Gulzar Malik

Dr Gulzar Malik is a Senior Lecturer and Director of International in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Dr Malik co-ordinates postgraduate nursing subjects and oversees offshore undergraduate nursing courses. She specialises in evidence-based practice in clinical settings, voluntary assisted dying, empowering international students, pain management and innovative teaching pedagogies. Dr Malik is a highly experienced Registered Nurse and academic who has over 20 years of experience in healthcare settings and academic institutions both in Australia and overseas. She is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and contributes to the Psi Zeta At-Large Chapter of Sigma as a counsellor.

Associate Professor Anthony McGillion

Associate Professor Anthony McGillion is the Director of Academic Partnerships and Academic Program Director (Singapore Program). He is a Registered Nurse and Member of the Australian College of Nursing. Associate Professor McGillion has extensive industry experience, especially in key leadership roles including Manager of the Nursing and Midwifery Workforce team at Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Senior Policy Advisor (Nursing and Midwifery Education) at DHHS and Education Director. He has published papers addressing occupational violence and aggression imperatives, and clinical partnership models in nursing education. He has a passion for leadership and management and co-ordinates a Masters subject, ‘Management in Nursing and Midwifery’.

Professor Helen McLachlan

Professor Helen McLachlan is Professor and Discipline Lead (Midwifery) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and is a Registered Nurse and Midwife. She has extensive experience teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate midwifery and in higher degree supervision. Professor McLachlan is a national and international leader in maternity care research and has published in a range of areas including innovative models of care, maternal and child health, breastfeeding, postnatal depression, midwifery education and translating research into practice. She has 80 publications in international refereed journals, two book chapters and 200 conference presentations. She has received over $10M in competitive grant funding and has received multiple awards, proving her ability to lead large, complex projects which have led to substantial policy and practice change in maternity care.

Dr Charne Miller

Dr Charne Miller is Site Director at the La Trobe University Alfred Health Clinical School. She has over 15 years of experience undertaking clinical trials, evaluation studies, and qualitative investigations with particular expertise in the area of skin integrity, wound management and informal caregiving. Dr Miller has a well-established publication and grant record and is Associate Editor of Wound Practice and Research. A background in psychology has fostered expertise in research methods and statistics, which were further strengthened by postgraduate studies in statistics. Dr Miller is responsible for research subject coordination and curriculum development, and the supervision of honours and higher degree students. She serves as an Academic Integrity Advisor and Chair of the School’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee where she supports a fair, inclusive and welcoming academic setting and workplace.

Associate Professor Michelle Newton

Associate Professor Michelle Newton is the Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She is a Registered Midwife and Nurse with extensive professional networks through roles in the Australian College of Midwives and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Associate Professor Newton has over 20 years of hospital and tertiary midwifery teaching, course coordination, curriculum design and development. She is the current Chair of ANMAC’s Midwifery Accreditation Committee. She specialises in implementation, upscaling and sustainability of midwifery-led continuity models of care from organisational and workforce perspectives. She is a Chief Investigator on National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Grants, has over 20 peer-reviewed publications and has co-authored two book chapters.

Professor Jan Nicholson

Professor Jan Nicholson is Director of the Judith Lumley Centre and Inaugural Roberta Holmes Professor for the Transition to Contemporary Parenthood Program. She has a PhD in psychology with postdoctoral training in public health. Professor Nicholson’s research includes longitudinal investigations of the factors influencing parent and child health and wellbeing, and the development and evaluation of community-based programs for preventing family-related health problems. She has attracted grant funding from the NHMRC, MRFF and the Australian Research Council, and her research is reported in over 190 peer-reviewed publications. Professor Nicholson is Chair of the Scientific Advisory Group member for Growing Up in Australia – the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children and an External Scientific Advisor to Growing Up in New Zealand.