Opening Plenary Session
Thursday, 27 July 2017
A native of New Zealand, Dr. Hughes has held the post of Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer of Queensland, Australia, since 2012. Prior to this, she was Chief Advisor (Nursing) to New Zealand’s Ministry of Health. As a consultant at the World Health Organization (WHO) and other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), she has worked in Australia, the South Pacific, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Asia. She also held the position of Commandant-Colonel of the Royal New Zealand Army Nursing Corps and was the first Professor of Nursing at the University of Auckland.
Dr. Hughes, who has a strong background as a health clinician, manager, and educator, is the recipient of several awards and honors, including a Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy from the Commonwealth Fund in New York, which enabled her to study health policy under the mentorship of Dr. Linda Aiken of the University of Pennsylvania. She also received a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to undertake research in the United States in 2012–2013 on post-disaster lessons as they apply to health professionals, and she was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to mental health in 2005. In 2013, Dr. Hughes received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Massy University in New Zealand.