One of Australia’s most senior midwives has been appointed to two key roles with Safer Care Victoria to lead improved healthcare for women and children across the state.
Starting in late July, Adjunct Professor Tanya Farrell will hold the dual roles of Chair of the independent Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM) and Senior Maternity Adviser to support Victoria’s Chief Clinical Officers.
“We look forward to welcoming Tanya to our team, as she brings with her a wealth of experience as both a clinician and healthcare leader advancing nursing and midwifery, as well as a passion for providing exceptional care to women and their babies,” CEO Professor Euan Wallace said.
“Tanya will also bring a fresh perspective too, as – for the first time in the Council’s 56-year history – she will be the first woman and only nurse and midwife to be appointed as Chair.”
Adjunct Professor Farrell is currently the Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the Royal Women’s Hospital, where she leads the nursing and midwifery profession as well as providing maternity services improvement strategies locally and across the state.
“I am passionate about creating a health system that is a genuine ‘learning system’; a system that does not shy away from examining itself in a constructive and reflective way to learn and improve,” said Adjunct Professor Farrell.
“This is an exciting opportunity for me to continue to make a meaningful difference for the women and families of Victoria.”
Safer Care Victoria would also like to acknowledge and thank the outgoing CCOPMM chair, Prof Jeremy Oats. Prof Oats was chair for 11 years and made a valuable contribution to Victoria's healthcare sector, in particular supporting maternity services to implement change.
As Chair of CCOPMM, Adjunct Professor Farrell will be responsible for reviewing all cases of maternal, perinatal and paediatric mortality and severe acute maternal morbidity, as well as advising the Minister for Health on strategies to improve clinical performance and avoid preventable deaths.
As Senior Maternity Advisor, she will provide strategic clinical leadership and advice on issues related to maternity services, and nursing and midwifery.
Tanya Farrell is Adjunct Professor in Nursing and Midwifery with Latrobe University and is a member of numerous boards, committees and professional bodies, including the Victorian Clinical Council, the Maternity and Newborn Clinical Network and the Australian College of Midwives Board.
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