Committee Members – 2020

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

General Committee Members:

Decalie Brown
Karen Dignam
Rowena Harrison
Sally Lee
Pamela Paltridge
Julie Stevenson

Louise Wightman

Louise Wightman

President

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

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.

Memberships

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

Australian College of Nursing (ACN), LCANZ

Karen Redgrave

Karen Redgrave

Secretary

Committee Role:

Current Secretary, 2 years Rural General Committee Member.

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: 

CAFHNA Sub committee: Leadership and Professional Practice

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:
Senior Therapeutic Specialist 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.

Memberships

CAFHNA, MCAFHNA, AAIMHI, WAIMH, Australian College of Nursing (ACN), ARACY

Helen Higgins

Helen Higgins

Treasurer

Committee Role:

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 

Decalie Brown

Decalie Brown

General committee member

Current Role:

Child and Family Health Nurse

CNS2, NBMLHD

Qualifications

  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Midwife
  • BNMng
  • IBCLC
  • Clinical Supervision Facilitator

Membership:
CAFHNA, MCAFHNA, LCANZ, ILCA

 

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.

 

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

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

Sally Lee

Sally Lee

General Committee Member

Current Role: 

Clinical Nurse Educator, CFHN – SESLHD

Casual Academic: Unit Coordinator WSU, Masters CFHN (Karitane) 

Qualifications:

  • RN, RM, CFHN
  • Masters Ed. (Adult Education)
  • Grad Cert CFHN
  • Grad Dip Nurs (Midwifery)
  • COSP Facilitator,
  • FPM Facilitator,
  • Reflective Clinical Supervision Facilitator,
  • Nurse Immuniser 

Membership

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

Julie Stevenson

Julie Stevenson

General committee member

Current Role: Contracted Marker for the Australian College of Nursing (ACN)

Qualifications: 

  • RN, RM, CFHN
  • Grad Cert CFHN
  • Masters CFHN
  • Family Partnership Model facilitator
  • Reflective Clinical Supervision facilitator
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Memberships: CAFHNA NSW 

Comment: I have 40 years of experience working in front-line clinical, and leadership positions in hospital and community health settings.

A significant portion of my career has been in child and family health (CFH) nursing at Clinical Nurse Consultant level. I am actively committed to maintaining high standards of evidence-informed CFH nursing clinical and professional practice, and advocating at all levels for recognition and support of essential CFH nursing services.

 

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.