Michele Rumsey

Michele Rumsey

Invited Panellist - Panel: Pacific Power Excellence

Michele Rumsey RN, FANC is a Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development.

Michele is an experienced international health care adviser and policy expert with health professional expertise in human resources for health, health system strengthening, capacity development, stakeholder participation and regulation in Western Pacific, South East Asian Region and Europe. Michele has particular expertise in providing monitoring and evaluation, research, and consulting services in the above areas, as well as designing capacity development activities targeting health system strengthening through leadership capacity, curriculum development and faculty development.

In her current role, Michele was assigned to establish a WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Health Development, (WHO CC), the first Nursing and Midwifery WHO Collaborating Centre in the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. Under Michele’s leadership as Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre UTS, the Center has carried out 50 projects in 25 countries and coordinated projects to the value of $18 Million over a 6 year period.

With a goal to improve population health within the region through human resource for health, leadership capacity building projects, a core aspect of this work is building regional and global partnerships and facilitating and attending numerous regional meetings including WHO Western Pacific Region Human Resources for Health (HRH) strategy, WHO Pacific Human Resources for Health Alliance, WHO Summit for Human Resources for Health, Strategic Planning, Pandemic Preparedness, and Leadership within the Western Pacific Region.

The WHO CC also carries out the role of Secretariat for the South Pacific Chief Nursing, Midwifery Officers Alliance (SPCNMOA) and Secretariat for the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development. This work requires a range of skills including consultations, regional strategic planning, networking, negotiation, project management and the delivery of papers and presentations.

Michele was awarded a UTS human rights award – social inclusion 2014 for her work in the South Pacific.