Today Dr Renee White chats with Professor Alison McMillan, Australia's Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer regarding Influenza and the importance of vaccinations. We deep dive into the safety and efficacy for patient groups like pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as small children.
Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan PSM was appointed as the Department of Health's Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer in November 2019.
Alison is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Business Administration.
In June 2021 Alison was awarded a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to driving the Government’s national health response priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly to infection prevention measures.
As Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Alison delivers high-level policy advice to the Minister for Health, and the Executive and staff within the Department of Health. She represents the Department of Health at national and international levels.
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.