Keynote Speakers


The ICILNM Organising Committee are very excited to announce the following keynote speakers.


Prof. Martha A.Q. Curley, RN, PhD, FAAN

Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia  
Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine – Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Martha A. Q. Curley is the Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She also holds a joint appointment in Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at the University’s Perelman School of Medicine. Her research, funded by multiple branches of the National Institutes of Health in the United States, has focused on nurse-led interventions in pediatric critical care. Over several decades, her work has focused on the primacy of patients and their families. Her studies have informed the practice of caring for critically ill pediatric patients with acute respiratory failure, illuminated relationship-based care when partnering with parents-of-critically-ill children and the phenomena of Post Intensive Care Syndrome in pediatrics. Dr. Curley has also led the development and dissemination of core metrics in the field of pediatrics; for example, the State Behavioral Scale (SBS), the Withdrawal Assessment Tool (WAT-1), individualized numeric rating scale (INRS) and the Braden QD scale.  Dr. Curley is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.  She received her diploma in nursing from Springfield Hospital School of Nursing, her BS from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, her MSN in acute care pediatrics from Yale School of Nursing and her PhD from Boston College.

Professor Tracey Bucknall

Alfred Deakin Professor, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Deakin University
Director of Nursing Research & Foundational Chair in Nursing, Alfred Health
Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research, Institute for Health Transformation, Deakin University

Adjunct Professor of Clinical Decision Making, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine, Monash University
Visiting Professor, Centre for Health Informatics, Macquarie University

Tracey Bucknall PhD, RN, GAICD, FAAN, is an Alfred Deakin Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University, Australia. She holds a joint appointment at Alfred Health as the Director of Nursing Research, Foundational Chair of Clinical Nursing and the Director of the Centre for Patient Safety Research-Alfred Health Partnership, Institute of Health Transformation, Deakin University. She holds Adjunct Professorial appointments the University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, Monash University and Macquarie University, Australia. For more than a decade Tracey’s practice specialty was critical care. Since 2005, she has held joint clinical and academic appointments that have enabled her to identify knowledge gaps and concerns in practice and target them with innovative interventional research. As a decision scientist she focuses on improving patient safety, augmenting clinical decision-making and the use of research in practice. She has attracted over $20M in research funding, presented her research nationally and internationally, and published over 200 scholarly publications in decision making and knowledge translation. Her recent awards include the title of Alfred Deakin Professor, the highest academic award granted to Deakin University Professors and as an inductee into the Sigma International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. She serves on national and international research review panels, advisory committees for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Board Director of an Aged Care Company.

Professor Caroline Homer

Co-Program Director Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health
Burnet Institute, VIC, Australia

Professor Caroline Homer is Co-Program Director, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne and Emeritus Professor of Midwifery in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. She h­as led research and development in midwifery education, practice and models of care for more than 20 years. She is currently the Chair of NHMRC Council and the Deputy Chair for the Australian Medical Research Advisory Committee for the Medical Research Future Fund. She is also the Chair of the World Health Organization’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of Experts (STAGE) for Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health, and Nutrition appointed by Dr Tedros, the Director General.

Master of Ceremonies

Andrea Burns

An award winning journalist, accomplished presenter and course facilitator, Andrea is a familiar face to Western Australian audiences.

As a TV journalist, Andrea has reported on some of the biggest stories to have made news over the past two decades. As well, Andrea has been a regular visitor to people’s lounge rooms, as back up host of both the top rating Today Tonight programme, and Channel Seven News.

Armed with a warm manner, a great sense of humour Andrea has easily endeared herself to the public. She mixes comfortably with everyone from senior business executives and political figures, right through to children.