Our new Chief Nursing Officer Bernadette Twomey

Chief Nursing Officer Bernadette Twomey


Chief Nursing Officer - Bernadette Twomey 

This is who I am:

I joined Austin Health on November 8 as Chief Nursing Officer. I am starting to get to know the organisation and have already met so many wonderful staff members.

I moved to Melbourne, from Auckland, eight years ago to take up the role of Executive Director Nursing and Allied Health at The Royal Children's Hospital. I am thoroughly enjoying living in the world's most liveable city with weekends often involving trips with my husband Steve and our dog, Daisy to some of the beautiful locations we have on our doorstep outside of Melbourne. I am a sports enthusiast who is slowly learning more about " the great game" however it would be fair to say it remains a work in progress!

This is what I believe in:

Professionally nursing plays a leading role in healthcare service provision. It is nurses' professional accountability in management, education, clinical practice and research roles to agree on the language that describes practice and lead these conversations across our organisation. Patients, families and multidisciplinary team members should experience standardised, evidence based, contemporary nursing practice regardless of the speciality or location across Austin Health.

Why Austin Health?

The vision for Austin Health inspired my application for the Chief Nursing Officer role
and I was excited by the opportunity to lead the profession of nursing in an organisation which has a sector wide reputation for professional excellence.

How I hope to contribute:

I hope to contribute positively to the experience of patients and their families who come to Austin Health by professionally leading nursing and being an active member of the Executive team.

I plan to work closely with nurses in management, clinical practice, education and research and look forward to building on the excellent practices already in place. All members of the team are important to me and I strongly believe that understanding the roles and responsibilities of all team members contributes to delivering excellent care. I hope my leadership will improve alignment and strengthen professional connections across the organisation.

I look forward to learning more about Austin Health in the weeks and months ahead and would like to thank you all for the warm, generous welcome that I have received.