Nursing Executive Team

  • Nursing and Allied Health leadership team consists of, the Executive Director of Nursing and five Nursing Directors. Collectively, the team lead nursing staff professionally and operationally through the divisions of nursing structure. These divisions include: Acute Operations, Surgical Services, Ambulatory Services, Nursing Education and Nursing Research.

    Executive Director Nursing and Allied Health and Chief Nursing Office

    Bernadette Twomey executive photo

    Bernadette Twomey

    MN (Hons), PgDipHSc (Management), BHSc (Nursing), ADN (Child & Maternal Health), RN

    Bernadette worked clinically within medical services and paediatric intensive care before accepting a role of Charge Nurse, General Surgical Ward, Starship Hospital, New Zealand.

    Subsequently, she held Service Management roles within Community, Mental Health and Medical Services. In 2004, Bernadette became the Nurse Leader of Women's and Children's Health, Auckland District Health Board , New Zealand before joining RCH in January 2010.

    Bernadette's professional interests include quality systems, nursing workforce development and she is currently the Chairperson of the Executives of Nursing, Children's Hospital Australasia.


    Director, Nursing Research

    Fiona Newall

    Professor Fiona Newall

    PhD, MN, B.Sci(Nsg), RN

    Fiona completed her undergraduate nursing training at Curtin University in Western Australia. In 1998, Fiona moved to Victoria and commenced working in the field of paediatric thrombosis and anticoagulation. Fiona completed her PhD (2009) and Master of Nursing (Research, 2005) at The University of Melbourne, both research projects exploring questions identified from her clinical practice.

    Fiona has published extensively within her field of clinical and research practice, and is internationally recognised as a Clinical Researcher. In addition to her position as Director of Nursing Research at RCH, Fiona continues to work clinically within her field of paediatric anticoagulant management.


    Director, Nursing Education

    Melody Trueman temp profile pic

    Melody Trueman

    MN (Hons), BHSc, AdvDipMan, RN, MACN

    Melody completed her undergraduate nursing training at AIT (now AUT University) in Auckland, New Zealand. Melody identified early in her nursing career a passion for nursing education and commenced her first nurse educator role in 1999.

    Melody completed her Master of Nursing (Advanced Nursing Practice, 2009) incorporating a minor thesis exploring the optimal suctioning techniques of children with artificial airways. She moved to Melbourne in June 2010 to take up this position.


    Clinical Lead, Quality and Safety

    MNEDC - Stacey Nadine

    Nadine Stacey

    MN, PGDip Critical Care, DipHSc, RN

    Nadine has recently assumed the role of Clinical Lead, Quality and Safety. This role is new for Allied Health and Nursing and works collaboratively with the Clinical Lead for Medicine in enhancing and improving service and safety for consumer at RCH.

    Nadine has extensive clinical operational experience across public and private hospitals. Over the last three years, Nadine has undertaken the role of Director, Clinical Operations - Division of Medicine at RCH. Prior to this Nadine has worked in clinical director positions at HealthCare and Epworth Hosptials.

    Nadine's minor thesis, as part of the Masters of Nursing program, focused on nurses experiences with ethical dilemmas in the intensive care setting.


    Director of Operations and Chief Information Nurse

    MNEDC - Waldron Sheri

    Sheri Waldron

    PGDip, Bsc (Hons), BN, DipMan, RN

    Sheri was appointed into the role of Clinical Director of Operations and Chief Information Nurse in June 2010 and oversees the Emergency Department, Paediatric Intensive Care, Neonatal intensive care and overall Access teams.

    Sheri trained in the United Kingdom and mainly working in Acute Adult Medical and orthopaedic/trauma wards for about 2 years before transitioning into General Paediatrics and then Neonatal Nursing. Sheri has a post graduate degree in Neonatal Nursing and a Bsc Honours degree in Advanced Neonatal clinical skills which was a precursor to a Nurse Practitioner some many years ago.

    Sheri started at RCH on 10 west, in 1990 before the team moved to the second floor and began ventilating Neonatal infants. She left in 1992 and went back to London for three and a half years before returning to Neonatal Unit (NNU) in 1996. In 2000, Sheri became the Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) of the unit and transferred to her current role after 10 years as the NUM.


    Director of Clinical Operations, Surgical Services

    MNEDC - Aisbet Rosemary

    Rosemary Aisbett

    BHSc (Nursing), PeriOperative Cert, Dip Man, RN

    Rosemary has worked in a number of different public and private hospitals across Tasmania and Victoria. Most of her early career was spent in the operating theatre, where she worked across a number of roles clinically and managerially, including as the Nurse Unit Manager in the Operating Suite.

    Rosemary has been in her current role as Director of Clinical Operations for the Division of Surgery at The Royal Children's Hospital since 2010. The role covers all Perioperative areas. The role is very much an 'operational' one and works across nursing, medical and allied health craft groups within the division to ensure that the surgical experience for children and their families is optimised, that the working environment for staff is pleasant, and that patient flow through the hospital is efficient and coordinated with other divisions.


    Director, Ambulatory Services

    Dani Smith

    Danielle Smith

    PostGradDip(Paed), DipMan, RN

    Dani commenced her career at RCH as a RN on the General medical/ Sugar Glider ward. She subsequently achieved a post graduate Diploma in Paediatrics in conjunction with University of Melbourne. From 2010 to 2012 she acted in the role of Nurse Unit Manager for RCH@Home and was then appointed to the position of Nurse Unit Manager of SugarGlider. In 2013 she received the Mary Patten award, this award is peer nominated and reflects outstanding leadership in nursing.

    Danielle was appointed to the role of Director-Ambulatory Services in 2015 and is responsible for the operations of the Day Medical Unit, Immunisation Service, Partnership for Children-HARP, RCH@Home programs, Specialist Clinics and Telehealth service.

    Danielle is looking to the future to continue developing, improving and growing this important RCH service.