Power, Passion and Possibilities – Leading into the unknown

Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan PSM1

1Australian Government Department of Health’s Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer


Alison will speak on the role of the Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (CNMO). She will discuss the role she applied for and how the 2019 bushfires and COVID-19 Pandemic have drastically altered the focus of the CNMO role. Alison has used her ‘Power within’ to ensure the nursing profession has been recognised for its contribution to Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She has made the ‘impossible possible’ by regularly speaking to the nation through the media including at ground-breaking press conferences. Alison will speak on her career path and using her ‘passion and potential’ to get to where she is today.

Alison’s presentation will provide Tasmanian nurses and midwives with an understanding of how her career choices got her to the position she is in today and inspire them to build their skills to follow their passion and purpose.


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 has held senior executive roles in government and health services within Victoria including the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer and Director of Quality, Safety and Patient Experience.

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.