DR ALETHA WARD'S LEADERSHIP
Dr Aletha Ward PhD., MBA., BNurs., R.N., gAICD. MACN.
A public health care professional and Registered Nurse with a strong leadership background in strategic partnership development, research, teaching, healthcare administration, policy and health system reform, Aletha has completed tertiary studies including a Bachelor of Nursing, Masters of Business Administration (international) and a PhD in social health policy. Aletha strives to lead healthcare reform, empower healthcare professionals to embrace innovative solutions to existing and future challenges and improve health outcomes for priority populations.
Teaching and Research academic University of Southern Queensland
Consultant - Policy and Education
Advancing Communities Australia - Director Policy, Advocacy and Impact
Advancing Communities Australia - Board of Directors
Climate Action Nurses - Founding Chair
West Moreton Obesity Advisory Group - Founder, Deputy Chair
Clinical Workforce Planning and Redesign
Clinical Trial Site Management
Emissions Reduction in Healthcare Policy Chapter- Chair Australian College of Nursing 2021-2022
Board of Directors Stroke Recover Trial Fund 2020-2023
KEY SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
- 2022 University of Canberra. ‘Integrating climate health into the nursing curriculum’. Guest speaker from to inform new curriculum design.
- 2022 Western Australia Health Symposium. ‘The role of nurses in leading cultural reform in emissions reduction in healthcare’.
- 2022 Australian College of Nursing National Nursing Conference. Abstract acceptance and presentation ‘Nursing leadership in emissions reduction’.
- 2022 Queensland Healthcare Week. Key speaker: ‘Nursing leadership in emissions reduction’.
- 2021 Gertrude Berger Oration & Symposium. Key speaker and panelist: ‘Self care for Nurses’
- .2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit. Moderator. ‘The role of national dietary guidelines in attaining a healthy and sustainable food system’ https://www.doctorsfornutrition.org/dietary-guidelines-food-systems-dialogue/
- 2020 (Nov). World Health Organisation. Race for adaption and resilience (Climate and Health). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oLfZIblpWw&feature=youtu.be.
- 2017. International Food Studies Conference. Abstract acceptance and presentation. ‘Barriers and enablers to community-based food systems’.
- 2023. White paper. The Nursing Response to Climate Emergency. (Lead author). Australian College of Nursing. https://www.acn.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/white-paper-the-nursing-response-to-the-climate-emergency.pdf
- 2023. White paper. Local Government Response to obesity in regional and rural Qld. (Lead author). West Moreton Obesity Advisory Group. https://advancingcommunities.au/wmoag/
- 2022. Position paper. A Regional response of obesity. (Author). West Moreton Obesity Advisory Group.
- 2022. Position paper. Non-communicable diseases and determinants of health. (Author). Advancing Communities Australia Ltd.
- 2022. Consultation submission: Qld Obesity Strategy. (Author). West Moreton Obesity Advisory Group.
- 2022. Senate submission: ‘Enquiry into the current state of meat category branding in Australia’. https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Rural_and_Regional_Affairs_and_Transport/DefinitionsofMeat/Submissions (Author).
- 2021. Consultation submission: National Obesity Strategy. (Author). West Moreton Obesity Advisory Group.2021. Emissions Reduction in Healthcare Guiding Principles. (Co-author). Australian College of Nursing.
- 2021. Ethical leadership in emissions reduction. (Co-author). Australian College of Nursing.
- 2020. Emissions Reduction position statement. (Co-author). Australian College of Nursing.
- 2020. The impact of obesity and food insecurity on the West Moreton Region: briefing paper. (Author). West Moreton Obesity Advisory Group.
- 2023. Climate Clinic. Podcast. Guest Speaker - Be the Change: Climate Action Nurses. https://open.spotify.com/episode/5dLUeDG3FKJxz4JA337d86
- 2023. Podcast. Local Government role in obesity prevention. Ipswich today. https://ipswichtoday.com.au/ipswich-today-podcast/all-podcasts/
- 2022. Croakey Media. “Do Australia’s COVID-19 policies reflect ageism? https://www.croakey.org/do-australias-covid-19-policies-reflect-ageism/
- 2022. Australian College of Nursing Podcast: Mentoring: Guest speaker. https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/acn-podcast-andrea-jansen/episodes/E1---Mentoring-with-Dr-Aletha-Ward-MACN-e1i94nh/a-a7t30ck
- 2021. Public Health Association of Australia. “Why nurses must lead the way in emissions reduction”. https://www.unisq.edu.au/news/2021/11/nurse-climate-change
- 2022. Nursing Review. “Self-care for Nurses”. https://www.nursingreview.com.au/2022/02/under-immense-stress-nurses-can-benefit-from-self-care-opinion/
- 2020. The Conversation. “We need to close the gap on health. But even official dietary advice disadvantages Indigenous people”. https://theconversation.com/we-need-to-close-the-gap-on-health-but-even-official-dietary-advice-disadvantages-indigenous-people-143680
- 2020. Croakey Media. “Woolworths: a case study of the commercial determinants of health and how communities can fight back”. https://www.croakey.org/woolworths-a-case-study-of-the-commercial-determinants-of-health-and-how-communities-can-fight-back/
- 2023. Teaching and Learning in Nursing. “Nursing in the Anthropocene – Translating disaster nursing experience into climate crisis nurse education”. Richards, Nash, Holmes, Ward.
- 2023. ANMJ Editorial. “Educators must step up to prepare nursing and midwifery students for work in a climate emergency”. Ward., Carson., Tomkins. https://anmj.org.au/educators-must-step-up-to-prepare-nursing-and-midwifery-students-for-work-in-a-climate-emergency/
- 2022. Nurse Education Today. “Educating the educators: Implementing cultural safety in the nursing and midwifery curriculum”. Best et al. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.
- 2022.1054732022. Teaching and Learning in Nursing. “Reimagining the role of nursing education in emissions reduction”. Ward et al., https://doi.org/10.1016/j.teln.2022.02.003