The NT Minister for Health, Kon Vatskalis, has appointed CDU Senior Lecturer in Nursing Dr Brian Phillips as a Practitioner Member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of the Northern Territory.
CDU School of Health Sciences Nursing Theme Leader Professor Mary Cruickshank congratulated Dr Phillips on his appointment to the Board.
“Engaging with professional bodies is an important aspect of our academic work and the Nursing Team at CDU has been working hard to develop a collegial and collaborative relationship with the relevant stakeholders in the Northern Territory,” Professor Cruickshank said.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia was established in July to standardise and support State and Territory boards. The National Board will set policy and professional standards, and the State and Territory boards will continue to make individual notification and registration decisions affecting individual nurses and midwives.
Dr Phillips has worked as Practitioner Member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board since its inception on July 1, this year.
“Seven practitioner members and one community member make up the NT Board, which functions similarly to a medical board, to ensue public safety,” Dr Phillips said.
“We approve every registering nursing, nurse practitioner and midwifery practitioner in the NT and handle notifications, complaints, investigations and disciplinary hearings.”
Dr Phillips has a background in mental health and has worked extensively as a senior nurse and teaching academic in Australia and New Zealand.