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.
Director - CIT Health, Community and Science Canberra Institute of Technology
James Dunstan (M.Physio, AdvDip. Adult Education, Dip.Management) is an experienced health care professional and education leader across the vocational education and university sectors. He developed a successful health professional career in a diverse private practice, as a senior manager at the AFL and led medical teams for elite sporting organisations.
Currently James is the Director of Health Community and Science at the Canberra Institute of Technology leading the Institutes largest teaching College which delivers across a wide range of vocational education and training through to degree level training. He has been consistently involved in policy and strategic planning with ACT health and has worked closely with public and private health providers developing their workforce needs. James has delivered and collaborated with international bodies and governments including in country training and delivery in India, the Pacific, the Middle East, and, trade delegations representing the ACT Government overseas.
Industry Relationship Lead Nursing
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
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
Education Manager – Health, Community & Foundation Skills – TAFE SA
Susan Hopkins is the Education Manager for a suite of Health Programs at TAFE SA.
Susan has over 40 years experience in the health industry, including nursing clinical education and preparing VET and Higher Education qualifications and curriculums for Nursing, Health and Dental Accreditation processes. Susan is a current and recent past member of a number of South Australian and National committees and forums relating to Enrolled Nursing, and VET Dental Education.
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, Victoria
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.
Dean, Faculty Health Science, Youth & Community Studies at Holmesglen. Role and responsibilities include:
- 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).
- Initiate, plan, promote and manage the programs, services and activities of the Faculty of HSYCS in both the recurrently and non-recurrently funded areas.
- 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)
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.
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.