Retirement of Australia’s Chief Nurse a loss to entire sector

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01 July 2019


The New Zealand Ministry of Health congratulates Australia’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer on her extensive years of service to the health sector.

Adjunct Professor Debra Thoms has just retired from the position of Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer for the Australian Government. 

Since starting at the Ministry earlier this year, New Zealand’s Chief Nursing Officer Margareth Broodkoorn has linked with the Australian nursing and midwifery leader on a couple of occasions, and although only having known her for a short time, Dr Thoms has made a lasting impression. 

Margareth Broodkoorn says Dr Thoms has played an integral part in shaping the direction of Australia’s entire health sector.

“I have had the pleasure of meeting with my fellow Australian CNMO leaders, including Dr Thoms, via the quarterly catch ups of the Australian and New Zealand Council of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers.”

“I’m incredibly disappointed, somewhat selfishly, that Dr Thoms is retiring, because I will no longer be able to work with her on issues facing the sector on both sides of the Tasman,” says Margareth Broodkoorn.

 “In the short time I’ve known her, Dr Thoms has exuded warmth, common sense and pragmatism and I’ve loved getting to know her.”

“Australia’s nursing sector has benefitted greatly from Dr Thoms and many of her ideas and policies will impact on the sector there for many, many years to come.”

I wish her well for her retirement, and hope there'll still be a chance to connect with Dr Thoms in the future. 

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