Adj. Associate Professor Ann Maree Keenan is the Deputy CEO of Safer Care Victoria and Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer for Victoria.
She is an accomplished healthcare executive who has combined senior nursing leadership with operational accountability. Her career includes 12 years as Executive Director of Ambulatory and Nursing Services at Austin Health.
Ann Maree believes nurses and midwives are in a key position to influence the safety and quality of healthcare as nurses and midwives are often the constant presence throughout a person’s healthcare experience. She is determined to continue to advance the professions of nursing and midwifery in the pursuit of outstanding care for all Victorians, always.
The role of the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer is to provide leadership to the nursing and midwifery sector. Ann Maree provides a link between Safer Care Victoria, the Department of Health and Human Services, the private and public health sector and health education providers. Ann Maree also provides strategic advice to the Minister for Health on nursing, midwifery and clinical matters.
The Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer represents the interests of nursing and midwifery as a member of the Australian and New Zealand Council of Chief Nurses and Midwifery Officers. She also develops policies and initiatives to support quality, safety and best practice within the Victorian health sector that are aligned with the objectives of Safer Care Victoria.