Prof Caroline Homer appointed Chair of top national research body

The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) together with the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) extend a hearty congratulations to Professor Caroline Homer AO, newly appointed Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and to Adjunct Professor Debra Thoms who has been appointed as a Council Member.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is the key driver of health and medical research in Australia. As an independent statutory agency, it provides the foundation for Australia’s medical research capability, funding the best research and researchers, ensuring consistent health standards and advising on ethical issues in research. The NHMRC Council provides expert advice to the NHMRC CEO to support informed decision making.

Professor Homer is an internationally-renowned midwifery researcher, scholar and leader in maternal and newborn health care and service delivery. With more than 25 years’ experience in clinical practice, research, education and international development, she is Co-Program Director of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health at the Burnet Institute and an Emeritus Professor of Midwifery at the University of Technology Sydney.

Adjunct Professor Debra Thoms FACN (DLF) is the former Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, a role she held from August 2015 to July 2019. She was previously the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Australian College of Nursing, a position she was appointed to in May 2012 following six years as the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer with NSW Health. 

The appointment of Prof Homer and Adj Prof Thom appropriately recognize their personal qualities and expertise as well as the contribution of midwives and nurses to medical and health research in Australia.

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