Researcher biography

Cathy Turner has nursing and education qualifications, clinical experience in critical care and emergency nursing and a PhD in population health.

Since 1992 Cathy has been involved in the tertiary education of nurses and in 2000 Cathy joined the former School of Population Health [UQ] to teach epidemiology and coordinate the Master of Public Health Program.

Concurrently her background in nursing education led her to develop and implement a new undergraduate nursing program at UQ in 2004 for which she received a UQ Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005. In this context Cathy brought together a research team with a range of expertise to focus on workforce issues within the nursing and midwifery professions and population health outcomes by establishing the Nurses & Midwives e-cohort funded by the ARC & NHMRC and a range of industry partners in 2006. This longitudinal study data contributed to Health Workforce Australia reports and is now archived at the Australian Data Archive at ANU. This research work led to the establishment of the Graduate e-cohort in 2009.

In 2006 Cathy received a Fulbright Fellowship to spend several months at Harvard University learning about longitudinal study methods from the Nurses' Health Study research group. Cathy has also been awarded an NHMRC Fellowship [2007-2011] for her research on the e-cohort studies. [www.e-cohort.net]

In 2008 Cathy commenced as Head of the UQ School of Nursing & Midwifery, was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from Flinders University, and became a member of the Board of Directors of Mater Ltd, a company that operates 2 public and 5 private hospitals. Cathy stepped down as Head of School in June 2014. In 2011 Cathy was appointed by the Minister of Health as an Assistant Commissioner of the Health Quality and Complaints Commisssion Queensland (HQCC) until the new Health Ombudsman commenced in QLD in July 2014. In 2016 Cathy was appointed to the Board of Directors of Mater Education Ltd.

Cathy has published > 140 peer reviewed journal publications and conference presentations and attracted over $7 million in competitive ARC, NHMRC and industry grant funding within the last 10 years as the lead investigator. In 2017 Cathy was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia [AM] for her significant contribution to the nursing profession, specifically through research into practice, population health and higher education.