Professor Alison J McMillan PSM



Adjunct Professor (Practice)

Alison McMillan commenced as the Australian Government Department of Health’s Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer in November 2019.

Alison is a Registered Nurse with a Critical Care Nursing Certificate, a Bachelor Degree in Education, a Master of Business Administration.  She was awarded a Public Service Medal in June 2021 for outstanding public service to driving the Government's national health response priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly to infection prevention measures, and awarded a National Emergency Medal in recognition of service following the 2009 Victorian Bushfires National Emergency Medal.

Alison has held senior executive roles in government and health services within Victoria including Director of Quality and Safety and Patient Experience, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, and Deputy Director of Strategy and Policy, Emergency Management Branch.

Alison is a member of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee contributing to advice provided to the National Cabinet during the COVID-19 pandemic and, as Co-Chair of the Infection Control Expert Group providing advice and information on best practice on infection prevention and control in the community, hospitals, aged care, schools and community sport. Alison has been a part of a team providing communication to the community, which is clear, honest, and compassionate.

Alison has been a team leader in a number of Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) deployments including the repatriation of Australians from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship in Japan (2020), Fiji following cyclone Winston (2016), Vanuatu following cyclone Pam (2015) and Banda Aceh, Indonesia (2005) following the Indian Ocean Tsunami.