Ms Lydia Dennett

Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer for SA Health

Ms Dennett initially began her training as an intensive care nurse in London before immigrating to Australia, and in 2011 she was appointed to the role of chief nurse and midwifery officer for SA Health.

Prior to taking up that role, Ms Dennett served as director of nursing/campus manager at Western Hospital, and divisional director of cardiology and intensive care services for Western Health. Before that, she was Western Health's executive director of Nursing and Midwifery.

In her current role with SA Health, Ms Dennett is responsible for providing professional leadership, as well as advice and direction on a diverse range of nursing and midwifery issues including workforce planning, development and reform, recruitment and retention, best practice initiatives, research and policy development. The role also requires her to influence and represent the professions, to continue to enhance the quality of care delivered to consumers and to ensure that practice is contemporary and evidence-based.

Ms Dennett also maintains a strong commitment to ensuring the continuing education and professional development of nurses and midwives, and as well as having graduated as a Master of Business (Management) she is an Adjunct Associate Professor with Victoria University in Melbourne, Victoria.

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