National Enrolled Nursing Advisory Council (NENAC)

TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) established the National Enrolled Nursing Advisory Council (NENAC) in August 2020. The council brings together experts from across Australian TAFEs in education and training to better represent and advocate for enrolled nursing education.

Enrolled Nurses play a key role in the Australian health system and our health workforce, and their importance is growing across many areas of health and care. According to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee, future demand for Enrolled Nurse job roles is expected to increase over the next five years.

Ensuring the quality of the education and training experience for enrolled nurses and keeping up the supply of appropriately qualified enrolled nurses will be vital to both the health sector and to the broader economy, especially as the population ages. The call on new capabilities expected of Enrolled Nurses requires contemporary education and training approaches, reflecting local, national and global health priorities beyond that which is prescribed within national training packages.

The advisory council will share better practice approaches in enrolled nursing education across the network of TAFEs and in doing so will ensure the best possible outcomes for education and vocational preparation of enrolled nurses. As with all better practice, the focus is on shared learning and continuous improvement. This is critical in preparing students to meet the dynamic and increasingly complex environment in which they will operate.

NENAC will provide learned insights and strategic advice to both regulatory and core nursing and midwifery organisations on relevant policy and education matters relating to enrolled nurses. NENAC will lead and represent those who provide education to enrolled nurses and promote the public image of enrolled nursing.

The work of NENAC is also expected to support vocational education and training for important allied health and care roles, as appropriate, which also have increased expectations that reflect the increased complexity of care roles.

TDA is the peak body representing Australia’s national network of TAFE institutes, including six dual sector universities with TAFE divisions and nine TAFEs that are also Non-University Higher Education Providers. The core business of TDA is supporting our member institutes and leading the advocacy for quality skills in Australia.

For further information, please contact NENAC Chair, Gabrielle Koutoukidis, at or TDA representative Lyndal Manson at

NENAC Submissions

NENAC Members


Linda Willington

Senior Teacher, Diploma of Nursing Coordinator - Canberra Institute of Technology

Linda is a Registered Nurse who has worked in the health industry for over 30 years and in the VET TAFE sector for over 20 years.  Linda has worked across Australia in areas such as surgical nursing, midwifery, residential aged care, and community aged care.  In the VET sector she has taught in TAFE NSW and in the ACT across both individual support and nursing programs.  In the last 7 years Linda has been the Senior Teacher and Coordinator of the Canberra Institute of Technology Diploma of Nursing Program. Linda is very passionate about promoting the role of the Enrolled Nurse and advocates for Enrolled Nurses to work to their full scope of practice.

Linda was appointed the Senior Aged Care Consultant for the Federal Government MyAged Care Project and was responsible for the design and development of the training requirements for all levels of the national workforce. 

Linda is a committee member and assessor for the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Committee.

Linda is a member of the Moderation Delivery Committee, a national consultative body for all matters relevant to the education and scope of practice for Enrolled Nurses.

Linda has formed strong industry partnerships through leading Industry Advisory groups and involving key stakeholders in the development and validation of the Diploma of Nursing program.  Linda represents Enrolled Nursing students in the ACT as a member of the ACT Nursing and Midwifery Leaders Network.



  • Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing) 
  • Graduate Diploma of Health Science (Midwifery)
  • Diploma of Management  
  • Advanced Diploma of Adult Learning and Development  
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment


Kate McCluskey

Industry Relationship Lead Nursing - TAFE NSW

Kate is a registered nurse and midwife with experience in the private and public sectors, with a breadth of experience in education, editorial, project, clinical and managerial roles. Kate has worked for TAFE NSW for eight years, having commenced as a teacher and assessor on the Diploma of Nursing before moving into her current role. As Industry Relationship Lead, Health and Nursing for TAFE NSW, she has participated in statewide projects whilst collaborating with and managing the expectations of educational management and other internal and external industry stakeholders. Kate has experience in the accreditation processes for educational programs in nursing in the VET sector and is currently deputy chair of the Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Committee.

Kate is an editor for Tabbner’s Nursing Care and Essential Enrolled Nursing Skills, which provides a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and skills for nursing students embarking on an Enrolled Nursing career.

Kate believes a voice is needed for enrolled nursing education as well as strategic comment and advice to both regulatory and core nursing and midwifery organisations on relevant policy and strategy matters relating to enrolled nurses.

Qualifications/Affiliations: MA HlthSci (Nurs), GDipNurs (Ed), BN (Mid), DipAppSci (nurs) Cert IV TAE, MACN


Richard Bowen

Head of School - Charles Darwin University

Richard is PhD, MBA qualified and is currently Head of School [Community Services, Children Services, Allied Health, English Literacy & Numeracy] at dual sector Charles Darwin University as well as Deputy Chair – University Academic Board (and Chair VET) and Chair of the University VET – HE Pathway Committee.  Previously he was Executive Dean to an ASX listed company, Business School Director, Faculty Director, Academic Board member at Southbank Institute of Technology and TAFE Queensland. 

Richard is a highly regarded consultant across Education, Health, Human Service, Government and Economic Development sectors.  His previous work  includes supporting TDA’s bilateral obligation with Taiwan, working with global health leadership such as the UN-WHO, Geneva, as South Africa’s appointed national Chair to oversee the establishment of critical African infrastructure to develop affordable medicines for diseases of neglect and working with the Boards and Executive Leadership Teams of a number of NDIS and Direct Care organisations to evolve their corporate strategy. This work has contributed to over 160 Government, industry and academic contributions, including patents, peer reviewed articles, policies and commissioned reports. As a result of these contributions and other work, Richard was bestowed with Honorary Professorial Research Associate, Visiting (Professorial) and Research Fellowship appointments at several leading international Universities.


Debbie Blow - Deputy Chair

Director of Faculty CSH&N, Executive Leader Health & Nursing - TAFE QLD

Deb Blow RN BN Grad Dip Crit Care Grad Dip FET GAICD has worked in the health industry for over 30 years.  Over this time, Deb worked as an aged care worker before going on to become an Enrolled Nurse and then a Registered Nurse. Deb has   worked in a diverse range of areas including; aged care, surgical, emergency, peri-operative and critical care in public, private and rural / remote settings prior to transitioning in to the university and then VET sector.

Currently, Deb works as a Director of Faculty and Executive leader in health and nursing for TAFE Queensland.  Her expertise and focus have been on supporting organisations to ‘grow their own workforce’. Deb also holds roles on National committees such as strategic ANMAC Accreditation Committee and the Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Reference Group.  Deb was a director on the board for the Gold Coast Primary Health Network and Queensland’s Health and Community Services Workforce Council.  Deb has also represented TAFE Directors Australia in Commonwealth appointed expert advisory groups in the health, aged care and nursing industry



Melissa Gotting

Principal Lecturer – Health (Nursing) Health, Community and Foundation Skills - TAFE SA

Melissa Gotting is the Principal Lecturer – Health (Nursing) and Head of Discipline for the Enrolled Nursing Program at TAFE SA. She has worked as a Registered Nurse in both South Australia and Victoria in a range of areas including intensive care, cardiac and surgical settings.

Melissa has worked in the VET sector for over 20 years and has expertise in quality and compliance processes, particularly in relation to regulatory standards in nursing education. She provides leadership in program planning in line with strategic directions and identified workforce development needs for the Nursing Program at TAFE SA. Melissa is a long-standing member of the Australian College of Nursing and has experience as an assessor for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council.

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Nursing. Bachelor of Education (Inservice)-Education and Training of Adults, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and a Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing.


Jonette Scott

Head of Discipline - Nursing - TasTAFE

Jonette is a Registered Nurse who has spent the majority of her nursing career working across the Aged Care sector within Tasmania.  As a Tasmanian herself, Jonette is passionate about the education of Tasmanians and the life changing opportunities vocational education and training (VET) can bring.  Jonette began her journey into VET as a teacher/trainer in Certificate III Aged Care, bringing her passions for the Aged Care sector and education together, before transitioning into Enrolled Nurse education.

Jonette currently works as the Head of Discipline, Nursing at TasTAFE.  In this role Jonette has been instrumental in the redesign of the Diploma of Nursing program and has been extensively involved in the design and build of new TasTAFE Health Hub facilities in the North and South of the state.  This work will allow TasTAFE to build the nursing and health training capacity across Tasmania throughout the next five years.  Jonette sits as a member of the Tasmanian Government joint review of the year 9 – 12 curriculum and is currently working on designing pathways to Health careers as part of this role.

Jonette’s nursing qualifications include Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) and Graduate Diploma of Gerontology.  In addition Jonette has completed a Masters of Teaching and Graduate Diploma of Leadership (Health and Human Services).


Gabrielle Koutoukidis - Chair

Dean Health Science, Youth & Community Studies - Holmesglen Institute

Gabrielle Koutoukidis is the Dean, Faculty Health Science, Youth & Community Studies at Holmesglen in Victoria, with qualifications in nursing, midwifery, education, public health and management.

Gabrielle is a Registered Nurse and Midwife with extensive experience in midwifery, community health, indigenous health and education – both in enrolled nursing and Bachelor of Nursing, which includes over 20 years working within TAFE. Gabrielle has a very strong background in management, leadership and partnership building skills. She previously worked as a Nurse Policy Officer for the then Nurses Board of Victoria where part of her role was to both develop and inform policies and guidelines in relation to the nursing profession. Gabrielle was also a member of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council – Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Committee for over nine years including being Chair of this committee for over four years. Gabrielle is also an editor and contributor of Tabbners Nursing Care & Theory 8E, which is a major nursing textbook for the Diploma of Nursing both nationally and internationally, as well as editor for Essential Enrolled Nursing Skills: For Person-Centred Care Workbook 2E.

Current Role:

Dean, Faculty Health Science, Youth & Community Studies at Holmesglen. Role and responsibilities include:

  1. Provide educational leadership to Faculty staff and strategic advice to the Directorate in relation to all programs and services offered by the Faculty of Health Science and Community Studies (HSYCS).
  2. Initiate, plan, promote and manage the programs, services and activities of the Faculty of HSYCS in both the recurrently and non-recurrently funded areas.
  3. Participate in senior management policy development and strategic planning for the Institute.


  • Diploma in Applied Science, Nursing
  • Bachelor of Nursing, Midwifery
  • Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing, Education
  • Master of Public Health
  • Diploma of Business
  • Vocational Graduate Certificate in Business Transformational Management
  • Doctorate in Education (Research)


Julie Fereday

Director Health, Ageing & Disability – North Metropolitan TAFE WA

Julie has extensive experience working across the health and vocational education and training (VET) sector.  Julie is a Registered Nurse and has spent a considerable period of time working in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector in Western Australia, where she was responsible for coordinating the establishment of the first Aboriginal Community Controlled Diploma of Enrolled Nursing training program in WA at Marr Mooditj Foundation.

Julie currently works at North Metropolitan TAFE as the Executive Director – Health, Communities Commerce and Nursing. In her previous roles as Director across health and nursing Julie has been instrumental in leading many innovative initiatives to build nursing and health training capacity across the VET sector, the most notable being increasing clinical training capacity through the Roaming Education and Community Health (REACH) program.  Julie finished her 7 year term on the Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Committee for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council where she held the role of Deputy Chair and Chair.  Julie has also chaired the Western Australian Enrolled Nursing Cooperative from 2012 – 2016. 

In addition to her nursing qualifications Julie has completed a Bachelor of Health Promotion and a Master’s in Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

TDA Representative


Lyndal Manson

Policy & Project Manager

Lyndal Manson joined TAFE Directors Australia in July 2017.  Lyndal has extensive experience in policy development, research and analysis, advocacy, communications and stakeholder engagement.  Lyndal has over 10 years of experience with the Australian Government working across a range of departments in the Australian Embassy and the Australian Delegation to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra.  Prior to that Lyndal worked in the private sector primarily in human resources and hospitality.

Lyndal has represented the Australian Government in various international policy committees and forums across Europe on a number of issues including education, environment and climate change, international development financing, evaluation and multilateral effectiveness.

Lyndal holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tasmania and a Master of Arts (International Relations) from Deakin University.