Monica and Sheralee

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Monica Tauna

Papua New Guinea
Master of Nursing Practice
Curtin University, WA

Monica is passionate about building the capacity of the nursing workforce to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases (NCD) in Papua New Guinea. Originally from Madang Province, Monica has held clinical and training nursing roles in both rural and provincial healthcare settings, including at management level.

Upon her return home, Monica hopes to review healthcare workplace policies with the view to building the competency of nursing staff, and to empower nurses to work more collaboratively with patients and community to prevent lifestyle-related diseases.

Dr Sheralee Tamaliunas

Director Workforce and Employment WA Department of Health; Adjunct Associate Professor, UNDA, WA

Sheralee is a registered nurse with over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and has held several key positions in education, management, leadership, workforce and policy. In her current roles as Director of Workforce and Employment at the WA Department of Health and Board Chair for CommunitySkills WA, Sheralee leads the Your Voice in Health survey for the Minister for Health, among other system-wide policy frameworks and executive workforce strategies. Her PhD also explored the lived experience of nurse executives within the public health care system.

Sheralee has led and authored several key nursing workforce initiatives, implemented and chaired the Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Conference (2013-2017), and was the inaugural WA Region Chair for the Australian College of Nursing. Sheralee has also been the recipient of education and research grants.