With her strategic vision and capacity to lead others through significant change, it’s no surprise that Tanya Farrell is one of Australia’s most successful leaders in healthcare.
Farrell is Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia’s largest specialist hospital dedicated to improving the health of both newborn babies and women of all ages. Each year the organisation provides care to more than 8,500 expectant and delivering mothers, alongside 1,600 nursery admissions, 200,000 outpatient appointments and 12,000 surgical procedures.
“My challenge every day is to ensure that we are able to both meet the needs of our nurses and midwives, and ensure that women, babies and their families receive the best care possible.”
A particular focus of her role is the attraction and retention of a high-calibre nursing and midwifery workforce that is able to work confidently and competently within a rapidly changing healthcare environment.
“My challenge every day is to ensure that we are able to both meet the needs of our nurses and midwives, and ensure that women, babies and their families receive the best care possible,” she says.
She also plays a critical role in implementing and monitoring the organisation’s nursing and midwifery strategy, and works to advance the profession more broadly, through her contributions to numerous boards, committees and professional bodies.
Over the past two years Farrell has also led an innovative change project, bringing the leadership and management of Alfred Health’s maternity and gynaecology services under the Women’s Hospital while maintaining their current location – a first for Victoria. It was a unique strategic opportunity, requiring robust governance and significant change management within a very tight time frame.
Last year Farrell was appointed an Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University, following a long relationship with the institution. In this role she has established a strong base for improving healthcare outcomes for women and babies through generating new evidence, translating evidence into clinical practice, strengthening models of care, and developing the knowledge and skills of the next wave of clinicians.
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