Queensland's
Professional Association
for
Child and Family
Health Nurses

Queensland Child and Family Health Nurses Association

 

General Committee Members

Sue Kruske

Vicki Attenborough

 

Creina Mitchell

PresidentCreina Mitchell

Creina Mitchell is a registered nurse, midwife and maternal and child health nurse. Over the past 25 years she has worked in hospital, local government, state government and academic settings; predominately in areas related to maternal and child health.

Creina was the coordinator of the Child, Family and Community postgraduate nursing stream at La Trobe University, Victoria for over six years before she moved to Queensland in 2009. Currently she holds the position of Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University.

Since her move to Queensland, Creina has worked with other Queenslanders to establish the Queensland Child and Family Health Nurse Association (QCAFHNA), so Queensland has a voice on the National MCaFHNA Board. She continues to contribute to the maternal and child health nursing profession by active involvement in the state association.

Creina is currently the National MCaFHNA President and works with representatives from across Australia to further the field of Maternal Child and Family Health.

Janice Finlayson

Vice PresidentJanice Finlayson

Janice Finlayson is a registered nurse and midwife with qualifications in training and assessment (QLD), Community Health (VIC) and Maternal and Child Health (VIC).

She has focused her expertise in bringing innovation into child and family health programs and currently is the Senior Child Health Policy and Program Officer in the Child Youth Health Strategy Unit within the Northern Territory Department of Health. In this role, Janice provides expertise in the development and implementation of the new standardised, systematised and evidence-based well child health program for the NT with key performance measures to include program coverage, compliance with program schedules and protocols, and timeliness of delivery of program services.

Jan has been involved in Queensland Child and Family Health Nurses Association (QCAFHNA) Incorporated since 2009. In 2011, Jan was accepted as one of the Queensland representative on the national board of Maternal Child and Family Health Nurses Australian (MCaFHNA).

Susanne Pill 

Secretary

Susanne is Registered Nurse and Child and Family Health Nurse working within The Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service District.

My professional career so far has centred around providing care to children and families. Currently I am working as Acting Clinical Nurse Consultant for Central Highlands Child, Youth and Family Health Service. My substantive position is as a Child Health Nurse for Central Queensland Child and Family Health in Rockhampton Community where I have been working for the last 13 years. In 2018 I was Project Lead in a Pilot Project providing 4-5 year Developmental Assessments in 7 nominated Kindergartens and Child Care Centres within the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service. This project was presented as part of the 100 years celebration of Child Health Nursing in Queensland at the Townsville Conference.

My prior work life included Enrolled Nurse hospital based training, Child Care and Nanny (both National and International). I completed my Bachelor of Nursing at Central Queensland University in 2007 and Child, Youth and Family Health Nursing through Queensland University of Technology in 2011. 

I am committed to providing family centred evidence based care to all the families that I have the privilege to work with. I joined the Queensland Child and Family Health Nurses Association to remain informed, contribute actively to our wonderful profession and to connect with other Child Health Nurses in Queensland and Australia.

Kym CunninghamKym Cunningham

Treasurer

Kym Cunningham is a Registered Nurse and Child and Family Health Nurse who has post graduate qualifications in Health Professional Education. For more than 25 years she has worked across the hospital, community, general practice and private sectors of nursing.  In that time Kym spent 8 years living and working in the Cairns region in clinical, home visiting, quality and managerial roles.

She has a strong interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and currently holds the position of Nurse Educator with the Australian Nurse Family Partnership Program in Brisbane.

Kym has been a member of Queensland Child and Family Health Nurse Association (QCAFHNA) since 2015 and is keen to contribute to the Child and Family Health nursing profession through her involvement in the executive of the state association.