Meet our SME’s
Course(s) contributed to: Dignity and Personalised Care
Julie Letts has a 37-year career in the public service and has a combined clinical, policy and ethics background. She worked as an Intensive Care Nurse Specialist and educator for 18 years. Another 18 years followed in senior policy roles including as Manager, Clinical Ethics and Policy, NSW Ministry of Health where her focus was a spectrum of ethically complex issues in clinical care, such as end of life. She has a Masters’ degree in Bioethics and is an Advisory Board member for the Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics at Macquarie University.
Clinical Nurse Consultant Palliative and End of Life Care
Course(s) contributed to: End of Life Care: Symptom Management; Advance Care Planning ; Medication Management: Use of Syringe Drivers; Clinical Skills: Administering Injections
“I am a Clinical Nurse Consultant working for NSW Health with a particular interest in palliative care education and improving end of life care in all settings. I have worked in Specialist Palliative Care roles in Australia and New Zealand since 1998 across acute hospital consultancy, inpatient hospice and community services. I hold a Masters in Palliative Care from Flinders University
Regarded as a clinical expert in the area of palliative and end of life care, I am able to provide complex consultancy to ensure that assessment, care planning and provision of safe clinical care for all patients with palliative and end of life care needs remains a priority.”
Course(s) contributed to: Caring for Indigenous Australians
Mark Elliott is a Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal man whose family are the Trevorrow’s from the Coorong area of South Australia. Mark spent 6 years as the Aboriginal Community Development Officer for the Adelaide Hills Community Health Service (Country Health SA)and managed the Tumake Yande Aboriginal Elders Program in Murray Bridge SA. Most recently he worked as the Aboriginal Project Officer for the Catalyst Foundation (formally the Seniors Information Service SA part time until he retired in June 2017.
Mark has helped to organise major events in Mt Barker SA to celebrate NAIDOC and Reconciliation week winning a state NAIDOC award for best community event in 2010.
Mark was a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Group (NATSIDAG) for Alzheimer’s Australia since its inception until it disbanded in 2015 and continues to have a passion for working in the area of dementia, especially within Aboriginal communities, has facilitated training in the Dementia Learning Resource for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities and spent two years developing and delivering the Strengthening Dementia Care in Indigenous Communities project for Alzheimer’s Australia South Australia in conjunction with the Aboriginal Health Council of SA.
Mark Chairs the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group which is supported by the Australian Association of Gerontology and continues to deliver training in Aboriginal culture diversity.
Manual Handling Consultant
Course(s) contributed to: Preventing Musculoskeletal Injury
Mike Betts is a Manual Handling Consultant and Director of Mike Betts Training Ltd, a Manual Handling Consultancy and Health and Social Care Training Company based in Dunstable, England. Mike has a Masters Degree in Back Care Management from Loughborough University and is a co-author of the 5th edition of The Guide to the Handling of People, writing the Chapter on Managing Falls and the Falling Person. Mike has written extensively on Back Care and Management of the Falling Person and has presented at conferences in the UK, USA and Australia. Mike is also a former Chairman of National Back Exchange and has been a Registered Nurse for 29 years.
Course(s) contributed to: Medication Management: A Framework
“I have been an accredited pharmacist for over 20 years and have extensive experience in residential medication management reviews and assisting aged care facilities achieve a high standard in medication management. I was winner of the AACP Consultant Pharmacist of the Year in 2010 for my strong commitment to the advancement of patient care and improved health outcomes as well as for the development of an innovative training and resource package Not Just Pills® which improves aged care facility staff skills in administering non-packed medication formulations. Recently I have joined Ward Medication Management as the NSW Regional Manager. In this role I hope to be able to share some of the knowledge I have gained in my time as an accredited pharmacist by mentoring other accredited pharmacists working in aged care with the ultimate goal of reducing medication related harm in the elderly.”
Professional Services Manager
Course(s) contributed to: Diabetes: Everyday Care; Diabetes: Managing Complications and Medications.
After attaining a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) at the University of Newcastle in 2002, Rachel spent 3 years working in Inpatient/Outpatient Service roles within various locations in New South Wales and Victoria within the public health system. In 2007, Rachel obtained a Graduate Certificate (Diabetes Education), as well as establishing a private dietetics and diabetes education consultation practice in Perth of which she was the Director until 2011. From 2011-2013 Rachel continued clinical work as a Diabetes Dietitian and Diabetes Educator for NSW Health. During this time, Rachel was also involved in national policy reviews and national guideline development for various projects relating to people with diabetes. In 2015 Rachel completed a Master of Science (Diabetes) with a project to evaluate the ADEA mentoring program. As Professional Services Manager at ADEA, Rachel responds to all enquiries from members, health care professionals and the general public regarding professional matters. Her role includes liaising with stakeholders on various projects and programs to continually support ADEA members and to improve the health care of people with diabetes.
Course(s) contributed to: Negligence & duty of Care, Elder Abuse, Elder Abuse in the Community, Confidentiality.
Dr Linda Starr is a general and psychiatric qualified nurse, lawyer, associate professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and a Health Law and Ethics Education Consultant for Health Professionals. Her research interests have been in health law for health practitioners, criminal law, forensic health care, and elder abuse investigation. Her PhD project linked law and practice through exploring the experiences of those involved in the compulsory reporting of elder abuse in commonwealth-funded residential aged care facilities. Linda has had many years of clinical practice in acute care, mental health an aged care in both metropolitan and country health services before moving into education. She is currently the chair of the state board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board, Australia; Director at the Aged Rights Advocacy Service and the foundation president of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association. She has an extensive speaking and publication record, nationally and internationally, on issues in health law, forensic nursing, and elder abuse.
Principal, Blackwater Projects
Course(s) contributed to: Outstanding Learning: Engaging Hearts.
Chemène is a learning and performance specialist. She helps clients design, develop and implement learning experiences that improve performance in today’s world of work. To do this, Chemène draws on her 30+ years’ experience working in diverse educational sectors around the world, including school teaching, elite sport coaching, workplace learning and development, and higher education. She relies on her professional network to remain informed of latest research and trends in learning and performance. Chemène helps organisations build learning experiences that work, and helps individuals build the skills and confidence people need to be impactful facilitators, presenters and assessors or simply to be effective in their role. She is lead trainer of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (‘TAE’) for numerous registered training organisations (RTOs) and has produced a suite of TAE learning and assessment materials purchased by more than 100 RTOs to date. Chemène is a sought-after speaker and Master of Ceremonies at conferences and special events.
Senior Clinical Nurse Advisor- Skin Integrity/Wound Management
Course(s) contributed to: Wound Care: An Overview.
Kylie has worked for a large community nursing organisation for over 20 years in various roles such as Primary Nurse, Wound CNC, Hospital Admission Risk Program Diabetes Foot CNC, Project Management and a little time in research. She is currently working in the role of Senior Clinical Nurse Advisor with a focus on skin integrity/wound and translating evidence into practice. She sits on the education pillar and the aseptic technique working party for Wounds Australia. She has presented at conferences and has been published.
Certified Practising Speech Pathologist & Business Owner Forest Speech Pathology
Course(s) contributed to: Dysphagia Awareness and Support of Swallowing Difficulties.
Jenny is a Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia and has extensive experience working with people who are living with swallowing, feeding and communication difficulties. She acts as a mentor with Speech Pathology Australia supporting less experienced Speech Pathologist in their clinical work. She has worked widely in the aged care, rehabilitation, acute care and outpatient settings both in Australia and the UK. Originally training as a Speech Pathologist in the UK, Jenny undertook further postgraduate study at Macquarie University, Sydney gaining a M.A. Communication Disorders. She has also worked in research, teaching and clinical supervision at Sydney, Macquarie and also Australian Catholic Universities. Jenny has a special interest in the area of aged care both in promoting safe mealtime environments and in addressing the facilitation of communication and engagement for people living with dementia.
Jenny currently works in her own mobile private practice, Forest Speech Pathology, based in the Northern suburbs of Sydney. Forest Speech Pathology, as a mobile service is able to provide services across a range of areas in Sydney and is a registered provider with the NDIS.
Jenny is also an accredited Witness Intermediary working with the NSW Justice Department supporting children’s communication in the court context.
Course(s) contributed to: Understanding the condition ; Epilepsy for people with Disabilities.
Debra Parker holds a Masters in Professional Education & Training and brings 18 years’ education leadership experience across community, disability and workplace learning environments to her current role as Knowledge Manager for the Epilepsy Foundation. Debra has a strong passion for inclusive and flexible learning environments which recognises the individual in the learning journey. The Epilepsy Foundation provides support for people living with epilepsy and their families to help them live better lives as defined by them. As Knowledge Manager Debra works strategically to support effective transfer of knowledge; knowledge which enables the Epilepsy Foundation to deliver on its mission to raise awareness of epilepsy in the broader community, to reduce stigma, and to create a more welcoming and inclusive society.
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