Notre Dame appoints new Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery Fremantle

28 August 2019

Professor Karen Clark-Burg has been appointed Dean of Nursing & Midwifery (Fremantle) at The University of Notre Dame Australia.

Prof Clark-Burg joined Notre Dame in 2006 and has served in several senior leadership positions, most recently as Acting Dean of Nursing & Midwifery.  Her extensive experience includes the development of curriculum for accreditation at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Before joining Notre Dame, Prof Clark-Burg worked in senior roles in the private and public hospitals as a perioperative registered nurse where she held both clinical and non-clinical roles within the health care sector.

Throughout her nursing career she has led innovative practice in nursing education and in nursing leadership and management and is formally qualified with a Master of Business Administration (Executive).

Prof Clark-Burg has been actively involved in global nursing policy work from 2016 when she was selected as one of 26 nurses worldwide to participate in the Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI) program in Geneva delivered by the International Council of Nursing (ICN).

She is a GNLI scholar and continues to work with ICN on collaborative projects with the World Health Organisation (WHO) as part of the alumni network.

Professor Clark-Burg also has extensive experience in nursing regulation and accreditation, having served on the WA Board of the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia and the National Registered Nurse Accreditation Committee.

She is actively involved with the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN) and the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) where she is involved in developing policies and standards for perioperative nursing and nursing leadership.

“Karen is a rare talent with an enormous passion for nursing and nursing education,” said Professor Selma Alliex, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of Campus (Fremantle).

“She offers a wealth of experience to our students and to the wider nursing community, both locally and internationally,” said Professor Alliex.

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