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Invited Speaker
Scott Arbuthnot
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Director, Arbuthnot & Associates

Leadership & Executive Coach, Leadership Development Consultant, Leadership Development Program Designer & Facilitator

Scott Arbuthnot is a leadership consultant with over 25 years' experience in designing and delivering experiential development programs enabling new behaviours and performance.

Scott is the host for, a community launched in 2019 for leaders to connect, share and grow.

Scott believes leadership development investments should pay for themselves by creating more value than their cost.  Drawing on his previous roles with merchant banks, Scott enables project partners to report return on investment values and, by applying robust adult learning principles, equips leaders with the relationships required to sustain lifelong learning.

Scott is grateful for long-term relationships with over 1100 clinical leader alumni and invites AQNML to access resources and request session topics through

More than 60 articles by Scott have been published by HRMonthly Magazine, The Asian Manager Magazine, In-Business Magazine, Smartbiz Magazine (previous columnist), Securities Institute of Australia, Employment Queensland Magazine and Enterprise Magazine and in 2018-2019, Scott has shared more than 70 short posts and articles on Linkedin and

Pre-Conference Master Class
#What Do I Do Next?
Jennifer Craig
Session Description

Senior Associate, Carramar Education

RN, Grad Dip Health Management, RIPERN, Certificate - Child and Family Health

Jennifer’s nursing career spans over 30 years. Since November 2016, Jennifer has been in the role of Senior Associate – Carramar Education. In this role she delivers tailored education programs to individual and groups of registered health practitioners to meet requirements of regulatory bodies. She also facilitates workshops to groups undertaking the Diploma in Leadership and Management. Jennifer has a strong background in leadership and management and has a particular interest in mentoring and facilitating emerging nurses aspiring to become leaders in their nursing profession. Much of her career included spending several years with Royal Flying Doctor Service which began as a flight nurse in 1996. Her career progressed into senior nursing management roles and as Regional Manager – Coast and South West in the Queensland Section. Jennifer has a strong clinical background in emergency, critical care and primary health care and has also spent time overseas working as a nurse practitioner in nurse led minor illness/injury clinics in the United Kingdom.

Keynote Speaker
Cherrie Lowe

Chief Executive Officer
Trend Care Systems Pty Ltd

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 and is currently completing her Doctorate making use of the extensive research undertaken for the development of the TrendCare acuity system. Cherrie completed a Diploma in Teaching (Nursing) from Armidale College of Advanced Education in 1987 and a Graduate Diploma in Nursing Studies Administration from the University of New England in 1990. Cherrie is a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Cherrie is the Co-owner and Chief Executive Officer of Trend Care Systems Pty Ltd and was a Senior Quality Surveyor for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards for 25 years. She is an experienced health service manager and has been a Director of Nursing in a number of Australian hospitals. 

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. She has worked closely with health departments in New Zealand, Singapore, Ireland and England providing national and local-level leadership in changing nursing workforce planning and resourcing strategies to focus on patient nursing care requirements as being the central driver of effective daily staffing management and nursing resource planning, improving outcomes for patients, staff and organisations.

Cherrie has received many awards including; Royal College of Nursing – Distinguished Nursing Service Award, Freehills Breakthrough Award from the Australian Chamber of Commerce, Singapore. Three awards from the Australian Information Industry Association; Queensland State iAward for e-Health, the Australian National iAward for e-Health, the Australian ICT Exporter of the Year, an 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.

Keynote Speaker
Lisa McInnes-Smith

Observing the traits of high achievers, Lisa set out to understand why they were different to most others. This took her on a journey that would immerse her in Sports Psychology and Human Performance. She studied the psychology of achievement and determined to take it to people in all walks of life.

After thirty years working in corporations, SME’s and institutions, Lisa knows what it takes for people to change – to change direction, change attitude, change behaviour and change outcomes. Lisa’s expertise is raising leadership performance and building teams that shape the future. She is passionate and provocative.

Along her incredible journey, Lisa has presented to more than two million adults across twenty-eight countries, inspired one million young Aussies, authored seven best selling books and is the first Aussie to be inducted into the International Speaker Hall of Fame.

Invited Speaker
Prof. Keith McNeil

Assistant Deputy Director - General and Chief Clinical Information Officer
Clinical Excellence Queensland



Professor Keith McNeil plays a key role in the clinical leadership of the statewide eHealth program. He works closely with key stakeholders to maximise the clinical and patient safety benefits associated with technology in the healthcare setting, while minimising risk.

Prof McNeil has previously worked within Queensland Health as the Head of Transplant Services at The Prince Charles Hospital, Chief Executive Officer at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, and Chief Executive Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

More recently, Prof McNeil was Chief Clinical Information Officer, National Health Service, United Kingdom following roles as Chief Executive Officer at Addenbrooke's Hospital and Cambridge University Hospital Foundation Trust.

A Year in Review
2018 Emerging Nursing / Midwifery Leader Award Winner
Jade Moroney

Nurse Unit Manager, Emergency Department 
Beaudesert Hospital 
Metro South Hospital & Health Service 


Jade has been the Beaudesert Hospital Emergency Department Nurse Unit Manager since August 2018.  Prior to this, Jade stepped up from her Clinical Nurse position and acted as the Nurse Unit Manager for the Emergency Department and Community Health at Warwick Hospital.  It was in this role that Jade initiated many quality and patient safety initiatives and instilled a culture of compassion and learning within her team. 


Jade’s expertise in Emergency Nursing was instrumental in the planning of the $3 million dollar upgrade of the Warwick Hospital Emergency Department, which included addressing safety concerns and planning that a smooth relocation plan was executed without disruption to patient care. 


Jade has also had extensive experience working in Mount Isa as a Nurse Unit Manager (Outpatients), Child Protection Liaison Officer, Clinical Nurse and Registered Nurse. 


Beginning her nursing career on the Gold Coast, Jade juggles work, five children (3 biological and 2 step children) while studying her Graduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership and Management.  She is passionate about emergency nursing, leadership, innovation and change culture and seeks every opportunity to increase her management skills through her Hospital and Health Service.

Pre-Conference Master Class
#What Do I Do Next?
Anne Morrison​
Session Description

Chief Executive Officer, Carramar Education

RN, RM, BSc (Nursing), B.Ed.St., Grad Dip Management, MBA, FACN, GAICD

Anne’s career began back in Scotland where she initially completed her training as a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife. On arrival in Australia in 1985, Anne initially worked as a midwife and educator at the RWH in Brisbane.  Anne then spent two years in Port Douglas and worked at the Mossman Hospital and Cairns Base Hospital.  On return to Brisbane, Anne joined the staff of the Board of Nursing Studies then the Queensland Nursing Council, having roles in the education, accreditation, practice, conduct and registration programs.  Anne was appointed as the Executive Officer from 2003 to 2008.  During this time, Anne was elected as the Chair of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC). In 2008, Anne was the Nursing and Health Policy Consultant heading up the regulation program in the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in Geneva. In 2010, Anne returned to Australia to take up the role of the Executive Officer to the new Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia before becoming the AHPRA Queensland State Manager in November that year. Anne has been the Managing Director of Carramar since 2014, a company that specialises in the health, human services and aged care sectors to provide consulting, advisory and education services. Over the last four years, Anne and her team have designed and delivered tailored professional development programs for individuals as well as groups of registered health practitioners to assist them meet the requirements of regulatory bodies.

Invited Speaker
Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Update
Shelley Nowlan​

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
Office Of The Chief Nursing And Midwifery Officer, Queensland


RN, BN, MHM, Grad Dip PM, MAICD and FACN

Adjunct Professor Shelley Nowlan has held executive leadership roles within Queensland Health since 1998 and is currently serving as the states Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer in Queensland Australia. Professor Nowlan has earned a reputation in her 30 plus year career as a people orientated nurse leader who is experienced in clinical innovation, leading strategic planning, government policy and significant nursing workforce commissioning. As a result, Shelley has been the recipient of Premiers awards and the Association of Queensland Nurse Leaders “Outstanding Achievement in Nursing Award 2015”.

Shelley represents the nursing and midwifery profession through her extended National and International platforms, holding membership on the Australian New Zealand Chief Nursing and Midwifery Council, member of the Association Queensland Nursing and Midwifery Leaders and a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing.

Shelley has a significant interest in supporting rural and regional communities to ensure nurses and midwives meet the needs of a contemporary healthcare system in these areas. As a result she works collaboratively with World Organisation of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practioners / Family Physicians – WONCA Rural Working party.

Through her current roles, professorial roles with the University of Queensland Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, Griffith University School of Medicine and faculty membership of the Queensland University of Technology her strong advocacy for nursing and midwifery informs policy development at State and National level for clinical practice innovation, research, curricula and workforce development.

Invited Speaker​
Kylie Ward
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Chief Executive Officer, Australian College of Nursing (ACN)

CEO, RN, M.Mgt, Dip.App.Sci (Nursing), Acute Care Cert., FACN, Wharton Fellow, MAICD

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN is a renowned leader and a passionate CEO who has shaped the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) to become a prominent and influential professional organisation.  As well as leading a strong and collective voice for the nursing profession to improve patient outcomes and the social determinants of health for all Australians, Kylie is also driven to improve gender equality and diversity as well as promoting the importance of women in leadership roles both nationally and internationally.


Kylie’s distinguished career spans almost three decades and has seen her hold Executive positions in the largest health services in NSW and Victoria. Through her commitment to reform, transformational change and leadership development, she has been awarded honorary Professorships from Monash University, Deakin University, University of Technology Sydney, Western Sydney University and Federation University.  


Kylie is the first nurse to be appointed by the Federal Minister as a Board Director of the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA). She is a Board Director of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Council (ANMAC), as well as serving Ministerial appointments to the Aged Services Industry Reform Committee (IRC) and the Health Translation Advisory Committee (HTAC) of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).


Dedicating her career and purpose to empowering others, Kylie has received widespread recognition and received multiple awards including the 2017 ACT Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award for Social Purpose and Enterprise and 2018 Western Sydney University Prestigious Alumni’s Award for Professional Excellence.

Kylie is an inspiring leader with a flair for inspiring others and promoting a socially responsible and progressive culture. A motivational executive, Kylie has led thousands with her holistic, innovative and transformational approach to leadership, focusing on building resilience and empowering people to meet organisational challenges.

Keynote Speaker​
Helen Zahos

Registered Nurse, Paramedic, Humanitarian, Keynote Speaker, TEDx Speaker

Helen Zahos FRSA is a Humanitarian, Emergency Nurse and Paramedic who has volunteered in disaster areas around the world and has cared for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Helen has volunteered in Iraq in IDP Camps, in Nepal after the earthquake and Philippines after the Typhoon, as well as assisting during the Syrian refugee crisis on the border of Greece. 

Helen grew up on Groote Eylandt, a remote Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory of Australia. She completed her Nursing and Paramedic studies in Darwin, where she was working in the Emergency Department and was involved with the Royal Darwin Hospital Response to the Bali Bombings. Since then she has worked in Emergency Departments in Tertiary hospitals; in Remote Indigenous Communities; attended Disaster Responses both locally and internationally, and worked with Asylum seekers and Refugees. 

Helen has been recognised internationally for her volunteer humanitarian work and has been nominated for multiple awards including: Australian of the year QLD 2016 and 2017; International Greek Women’s Awards 2017; volunteer of the year QLD 2018 and 2019. Helen was awarded the Hellenic Australian Chamber Commerce and Industry award for Community Service in 2016. 

In March 2019 in New York, Helen attended the United Nations 63rd Commission on the status of women where she spoke on a panel at the CSW NGO Forum on the ‘Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs through the Sustainable Development Goals’; in May 2019 she attended the UNISDR event held in Geneva and spoke at the UN SDG Health Summit on non-communicable diseases and delivering Primary Health Care. 

Helen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA); Health and Disaster Management Adviser to the Commonwealth Business Women’s Network (CBW); Scientific Adviser to Skylect (Computer Software), President of the Australasian Hellenic Education Progressive Association (AHEPA) Gold Coast Chapter and a Committee Member for Business and Professional Women for Brisbane Southside.

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