From the Frontline: Using nursing's diverse expertise during COVID-19

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22 October 2020 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nursing and Midwifery


Nurses and midwives find themselves on the frontlines, battling a crisis - a global pandemic.

During this free webinar, we’ll explore the diversity of roles our nursing experts are currently leading in the fight against COVID-19. From educating the future generation of nurses and midwives to helping shape policy and guidelines to provide the best possible care for all Australians.

2020 has been designated International Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization (WHO).  This year also marks the 30th anniversary of Monash University’s Nursing and Midwifery.

Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences invites you to join our upcoming webinar: From the Frontline: Using Nursing's Diverse Expertise During COVID-19.

Got a question? You’ll have the opportunity to ask our experts directly by taking part in the live Q&A session.

Speaker bios


Professor Griffiths, Head of Monash Nursing and Midwifery

Professor Debra Griffiths is Head of Nursing and Midwifery at Monash University. A registered nurse, midwife and legal practitioner with many years of clinical experience in Australia and Britain, Debra practiced law in Melbourne before joining Monash University to combine her legal and health knowledge. Debra’s expertise in medico-legal education makes her a sought after specialist, delivering lectures and seminars to a wide range of health care professionals and students, assisting the courts’ understanding of nursing practice matters, researching and publishing in areas including workforce violence and the valued editions of the text Essentials of Law for Health Professionals, which served to guide an understanding of the law as it applies to clinical practice across Australia.


Associate Professor Russo, Director of Nursing Research, Cabrini Health and Associate Professor, Monash Nursing and Midwifery

Philip Russo is Director of Nursing Research, Cabrini Health and Associate Professor, Nursing and Midwifery at Monash University. He is the President of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control, and Deputy Chair of the COVID-19 Infection Control Expert group to the Australian Department of Health. He is a member of the COVID Evidence Taskforce Steering Committee, Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on AMR, the Healthcare Associated Infection Advisory Committee to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, and a member of the Australian College of Nursing. He is also the recipient of a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, and previously worked in infection prevention at several major Melbourne hospitals.

Associate Professor Morphet, Senior Lecturer and Director of Education, Monash Nursing and Midwifery

Julia Morphet is Associate Professor and Director of Education, Nursing and Midwifery at Monash University. Senior Research Fellow, Monash Emergency Research Collaborative, Monash Health and is the Executive Director for the College of Australian Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA) and Victorian CENA Branch President. She is a registered nurse, having worked in busy metropolitan emergency departments for 15 years before moving to Monash to coordinate the emergency nursing program and continues to teach into the emergency units. Julia leads two programs of research: The first is focused on health workforce, in particular, preparation for practice, simulation in teaching, transition to speciality practice, and management of occupational violence in healthcare. The second program is focused on the patient experience in the emergency department, in particular, patient flow models. She has had more than 50 research papers published and has supervised 23 students to completion of PhD, Masters, and Honours research degrees.

Associate Professor Rawson, Director of Graduate Research, Monash Nursing and Midwifery

Helen Rawson is an Associate Professor, Nursing and Midwifery at Monash University. She is a Registered Nurse, completed a BSc Honours Nursing Studies in London and a Masters in Human Biology at Oxford University. She has extensive research and clinical experience with older people and particularly in residential aged care settings. Helen has professional engagement in the aged care sector. She is on the Committee of Management and the COVID-19 Crisis Management Team for an aged care organisation in Melbourne; the Policy Development Committee for the Council of the Aging (COTA) Victoria, Executive Member of the Australian Association of Gerontology and on two residential aged care task forces at Monash Health. Helen is also a Board Director for Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Psi Zeta-at-Large Chapter and

Co-Chair of the Monash Health Human Research Ethics Low Risk Panel.

Vanessa Clothier, Nurse Practitioner and Lecturer, Monash Nursing and Midwifery

Vanessa Clothier is the coordinator of the Master of Nurse Practitioner course, Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University and is a Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner. She has over 22 years’ experience working in a variety of clinical settings including remote care nursing and critical care transport. Vanessa has worked in emergency departments during most of her career and became one of the first 10 endorsed Nurse Practitioners in Victoria. She maintains weekly clinical practice as a Nurse Practitioner in a busy emergency department and is extremely enthusiastic about the role for Nurse Practitioners within the health sector. During the pandemic Vanessa has continued her educational role at Monash Nursing and Midwifery and her clinical practice working in the emergency department in a Victorian hospital and so has gained first-hand experience of how changes to clinical practice in the face of the pandemic.

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