Change Leadership – Influencing Improvement in Health Care

Adjunct Associate Professor Karen Bradley

In this presentation, Karen will share some contemporary thinking around change leadership and the approaches to change and improvement that are making a difference in health care organisations.   Using the challenges and opportunities facing the Western Australian health system and based on her experience in shaping the strategic direction for nursing and midwifery, Karen will demonstrate the need for all health professionals to ‘lean in’ and get involved in transforming care.



Karen Bradley is the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer at the Department of Health in Western Australia providing professional leadership for the state’s 37,360 nurses and midwives.  The role is responsible for setting the strategic, professional and workforce oriented agenda for the nursing and midwifery professions within the WA public health system and advising the Director General for Health and Government on professional nursing and midwifery matters.

Karen is a registered nurse with over 28 years of experience in a variety of clinical, health service management and leadership roles within private, public, metropolitan and rural health service settings in WA.  Previous positions include Area Director Nursing and Midwifery – South Metropolitan Health Service, A/Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery – WA Country Health Service and Director of Inpatient Services – St John of God Health Care Subiaco.

Qualifications include a Bachelor of Nursing from Edith Cowan University and a Masters in Leadership (Social Justice) from the University of Notre Dame Australia.  Karen is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and Branch Councilor with the WA Chapter, a member of the Australian College of Nursing and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Karen holds Adjunct Associate Professor appointments with a number of Schools of Nursing and Midwifery with Western Australian Universities and is currently involved with a number of research projects relating to Aboriginal health, workforce and clinical safety and quality.