Committee Members – 2019

President: Louise Wightman
Vice President: Julie Collier
Secretary: Karen Redgrave
Treasurer: Helen Higgins

General Members:

Toni Bracher
Ann De-Belin
Karen Dignam
Rowena Harrison
Sally Lee
Jennie Mulligan
Pamela Paltridge
Donna White

Louise Wightman

Louise Wightman

President

Committee Role:
Since 2015, previously Secretary and member of Editorial and Education sub-committees

President of Maternal, Child and Family Health Nurses Association (MCaFHNA)

Current Role:
Clinical Nurse Specialist Child and Family Health, PhD Candidate

Qualifications:
• Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health
• Bachelor of Nursing, Master of Learning Management
• Certificate of General Nursing
• Certificate of Midwifery
• International Certified Lactation Consultant

Comment:
I have a passion for clinical supervision, teaching and learning.

Karen Redgrave

Karen Redgrave

Secretary

Committee Member:

Current Secretary, 2 years Rural General Committee Member. Sub committee: Leadership and Professional Practice

Current Role:

Building Strong Foundations Child and Family Health Nurse CNS 2

Qualifications:

  • Master of Nurse Practitioner specialising in CFHN
  • Master of Advanced Practice Nursing specialising in CFHN
  •  Child and Family Health Nursing Certificate, RM, RN
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health Nursing Certificate

Member: 

  • The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP)
  • Child and Family Health Nurses Association (CAFHNA)
  • NSW Nurses Association
Julie Collier

Julie Collier

Vice President

Committee Role:
Since 2013

Current Role:
Manager Child & Family working with vulnerable children and families – Newcastle

Qualifications:

  • Masters in Mental Health (Perinatal & Infant)
  • Grad Cert CFHN
  • Grad Cert Immunisation
  • Certificate IV TAE
  • Registered Midwife
  • Registered Nurse

Comment:
I love spending time with my 7 children and husband, reading, beaching & gardening.

Member- CFHNA, MCAFHNA, AAIMHI, WAIMH, NSW College of Nursing

Helen Higgins

Helen Higgins

Treasurer

Committee member: Treasurer 2016 – present

Current Role:
CNC CFHN 

Qualifications:

  • Master of Mental Health (Perinatal and Infant)
  • Master of Family Studies (Child and Family health Nursing)
  • Graduate Certificate Child and Family Health Nursing
  • Registered Midwife
  • Registered Nurse

Comment:

I believe in building capacity and resilience in families. Supporting CFH clinicians through promoting reflective evidence-based practice and clinical supervision.

Member – CFHNA, MCAFHNA

Toni Bracher

Toni Bracher

General committee member

Current Role:
Currently my role is Child & Family Health Nurse – Secondary Specialist CNS2 WSLHD but soon I will be a CNS2 upon the role out of MESCH.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Grad Cert – Child & Family Health
  • Grad Cert – Perinatal & Infant Mental Health
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Memberships:
CAFHNA
Australian Association of Infant Mental Health Association

Karen Dignam

Karen Dignam

General committee member

Member of CAFHNA since 1995

Current Role: 

Nurse Unit Manager, Child and Family Health, NSLHD 

Qualifications:

  • Masters of Applied Management (Nursing)
  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Midwife
  • Child and Family Health Nurse

Membership:
CAFHNA

Ann De-Belin

Ann De-Belin

General committee member

Current Role: 

Clinical Nurse Consultant, Child and Family Health 

Qualifications:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Midwife
  • Child and Family Health Nurse

Membership:
CAFHNA

Rowena Harrison

Rowena Harrison

General committee member

Membership since 2017

Current Role:
Clinical Nurse Educator CFHN

Qualifications:

  • BHealthSc (Nursing)
  • MEd (Social Ecology)
  • Assoc Dip Community Health Nursing (CFH)
  • RN RM IBCLC
  • COSP Facilitator Reflective Clinical Supervisor

Association Comment:
Through CNE and CAFHNA committee activities I hope to promote the valuable role of Child and Family Health Nursing in building family health, resilience and relationships. CFHN education and research can foster a community of learning and sustain CFHN as a specialist role.

 

Sally Lee

Sally Lee

General Committee Member

 

Membership I  have been part of the committee since 2014, and am a member of the IT sub-committee.

Current Role:

  • Clinical Nurse Educator, CFHN – SESLHD
  • Unit Coordinator WSU, Masters CFHN – Karitane

Qualifications:

  • Masters Ed. (Adult Education)
  • Dip App Sci. (Nursing)
  • Grad Cert CFHN
  • Grad Dip Nurs (Midwifery)
  • RN, RM, CFHN
  • COSP Facilitator, FPM Facilitator, Reflective Clinical Supervision Facilitator
Pamela Paltridge

Pamela Paltridge

General committee member

Member Since 2017

Current Role:
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Aboriginal Child Health Programs

Qualifications:

  • M. Indigenous Health Grad Cert Indigenous Trauma Recovery
  • Grad Cert – Child & Family Health
  • RN, RM, CFHN,
  • FPM Facilitator
  • Reflective Clinical Supervision Facilitator
  • DVRS Facilitator

Memberships:
CAFHNA

Jennie Mulligan

Jennie Mulligan

General committee member

Current Role:
Clinical Nurse Consultant CFH WSLHD

Qualifications:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Midwife
  • Master CFHN
  • IBCLC
  • Accredited Nurse Immuniser

Association Comment:
Breastfeeding; Perinatal Mental Health

Membership:
CAFHNA MCAFHNA LCANZ

Donna White

Donna White

General committee member

Current Role:
CNS 2 Intake Officer CFHN – Karitane

Qualifications:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Midwife
  • Child and Family Health Nurse

Membership:
CAFHNA

CAFHNA acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land where we live and work and pay respects to Elders, past, present and future. We commit to a positive future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.