Professor Jill White

AM RN RM, PhD Adelaide MEd Sydney BEd SACAE AssocDip Cumb
Dean, Sydney Nursing School

M02C - 88 Mallett Street - Building C
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Jill White has been an academic for 30 years in the areas of nursing, midwifery and education. She is both a registered nurse and registered midwife, and Chair of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council (ANMAC). She became Dean of Sydney Nursing School at the University of Sydney, in 2008. For 10 years prior to that, she was Dean of the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at UTS, Sydney.

Jill has provided strong leadership in the academic development of nursing and midwifery, including strategic planning in education, research and consultancy. She has been responsible for developing policy, implementing quality administrative and academic processes, and also for developing new, innovative graduate programs which are recognised both nationally and internationally.

She is a representative on a number of University committees, including the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and the Management and Staff Consultative Committee. As Chair of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council, Jill was part of a working party responsible for developing the new national accreditation framework and guidelines. Other involvement with industry, government and professional bodies includes membership in the Leadership Collaborative, NSW Health, the Clinical Placement Advisory Group for Universities Australia, and the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (CDNM).

Research interests

  • Curriculum development of nurses and midwives
  • The effects on practice of organisational reform
  • Health policy
  • Professional regulation (registration and accreditation)
  • Health services management
  • New models of care including models of primary health care
  • Nursing and midwifery practice

Teaching and supervision

Research supervision: Doctoral panel

  • Nerilee Baker PhD UTS Exposing the Complex Realities of Nursing Unresponsive Patients' pain in Intensive Care
  • Cathrine Fowler PhD UTS Producing the New Mother: surveillance, normalisation and maternal learning
  • Denise Fassett PhD UTS An exploration of the influences of medical science on the body: rehabilitation, nursing, medicine and the physical body
  • Jill Molan PhD UTS The government of nurses through competency: A genealogical discussion
  • Anita Bamford DNurs UTS Leadership for cultural change: creating new growth from old
  • Frances Hughes DNurs UTS Policy, politics and nursing: a case study of policy formation in New Zealand
  • Pat Brodie DNurs UTS The invisibility of midwifery: will developing professional capital make a difference?
  • Nicky Leap DMid UTS Rhetoric and reality: narrowing the gap in Australian midwifery (under examination)
  • Sally Pairman D Mid UTS Workforce to profession: An exploration of New Zealand midwifery's professionalising strategies from 1986 to 2005

Research master's supervision

  • Sally Pairman MA(Midwifery) VUW The midwifery partnership: an exploration of the midwife/women relationship
  • Angela Wilson MA(Nursing) VUW Practice-based reflection: Learning grounded in practice
  • Therese Beale MA(Nursing) VUW Psychiatric nurses: the influences of their personal life experiences on therapeutic readiness
  • Rachel Parmee MA(Nursing) VUW Living and working with Asthma: A dynamic interplay
  • Chris Townley MA(Nursing) VUW Defining the healthy organisation
  • Suzanne Rochester MN UTS An opportunity for change: Developmental care and neonatal nursing

Current research students

  • Kerry Anne Hughes PhD Massey
  • Amelia Lata Afuhaamango Tu'ipuloto PhD Sydney Completed 2012

In addition:

  • Supervision of many minor theses and research projects
  • Frequent examiner of doctoral and master's theses for universities in Australia and New Zealand
  • Honorary Research Fellow Victoria University of Wellington (2001-ongoing)

Areas of teaching

Jill's PhD thesis was entitled Commodification of Caring. She has taught in the areas of research methods, health policy and politics, knowledge of nursing and midwifery, ethics of care and health care systems.

Awards and honours

2007-2009 Developing interprofessional learning and practice capabilities within the Australian health workforce - a proposal for building capacity within the higher education sector. ALTC grant Carrick Institute grant. R Dunston, Adrian Lee, Alison Lee, L Mattews, G Nisbet, R Pockett, D Slade, J Thistlethwaite, J White. $227,500

2002-2003 Learning Outcomes and Curriculum Development in Nursing, Phase 2: Developing and Managing Partnerships for Optimal Clinical Learning for Undergraduate Nursing Students. Australian Universities Teaching Committee Grant funded through DETYA by the Higher Education Innovations Programme (HEIP). Co-Chief Investigator J Clare and colleagues (FUSA); H Edwards and colleagues (QUT); D Brown and J White (UTS). $100,000

2000-2002 Learning Outcomes and Curriculum Development in Nursing - Phase 1: Curriculum, Clinical Education, Recruitment, Transition & Retention in Nursing. Australian Universities Teaching Committee Grant funded through DETYA by the Higher Education Innovations Programme (HEIP). Co-Chief Investigator J Clare and colleagues (FUSA); H Edwards and colleagues (QUT); D Brown and J White (UTS). $198,000

Keywords

Nursing; Education; Health; Policy; Midwifery

Selected grants

2010

  • Curriculum renewal and interprofessional health education: establishing capabilities, outcomes and standards; Dunston R, Dignam D, Matthews L, White J, Pockett R, Jones S, Brewer M, Rudd C, Buys N, Steketee C, Groves M, Moran M, Carr S, Thistlethwaite J, Forman D, Yassine T; Office for Learning and Teaching/Priority Projects.

2007

  • Developing interprofessional learning and practice capabilities within the higher education sector; Dunston R, Lee A, Slade D, Lee A, Matthews L, Nisbet G, Pockett R, Thistlethwaite J, White J; Australian Learning and Teaching Council/Priority Projects Program.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • White, J. (2010). The Australian and New Zealand context. In Pairman S; Tracy SK; Thorogood C; Pincombe J (Eds.), Midwifery: Preparation for practice 2e, (pp. 36-51). Sydney: Churchill Livingstone.
  • White, J. (2009). Nursing today. In Crisp & Taylor (Eds.), Potter & Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing, (pp. 1-15). Sydney, Australia: Elsevier.
  • White, J., Hughes, F. (2009). The healthcare delivery system. In Crisp & Taylor (Eds.), Potter & Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing, (pp. 16-34). Sydney, Australia: Elsevier.
  • White, J. (2007). Becoming a competent, confident professional practitioner. In Esther Chang, John Daly (Eds.), Transitions in Nursing: Preparing for Professional Nursing Practice, (pp. 16-28). Australia: Churchill Livingstone.
  • White, J. (2006). Australian and New Zealand context. In Sally Pairman, Jan Pincombe, Carol Thorogood, Sally K. Tracy (Eds.), Midwifery: Preparation for Practice, (pp. 34-47). Chatswood: Churchill Livingstone.
  • White, J. (2006). Patterns of Knowing: Review, Critique, and Update. In Linda C. Andrist, Patrice K. Nicholas, Karen Anne Wolf (Eds.), A History of Nursing Ideas, (pp. 139-150). United States: Jones & Bartlett Publishers Inc.
  • White, J. (2005). Nursing today. In Jackie Crisp & Catherine Taylor (Eds.), Potter & Perry's fundamentals of Nursing, (pp. 1-15). Marrickville, NSW: Elsevier.
  • White, J. (2004). Australian Foreword. In Donna Diers (Eds.), Speaking of Nursing..: Narratives of Practice, Research, Policy and the Profession, (pp. xiv-xv). United States: Jones & Bartlett Publishers Inc.
  • White, J. (2003). Patterns of Knowing: Review, Critique, and Update. In Pamela G Reed, Leslie H. Nicoll, Nelma C Shearer (Eds.), Perspectives on Nursing Theory, (pp. 247-258). United States: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Journals

  • Chiarella, M., White, J. (2013). Which tail wags which dog? Exploring the interface between professional regulation and professional education. Nurse Education Today, 33(11), 1274-1278. [More Information]
  • Matthews, L., Pockett, R., Nisbet, G., Thistlethwaite, J., Dunston, R., Lee, A., White, J. (2011). Building Capacity in Australian Interprofessional Health Education: Perspectives from Key Health and Higher Education Stakeholders. Australian Health Review, 35(2), 136-140. [More Information]
  • Brown, D., White, J., Leibbrandt, L. (2006). Collaborative partnerships for nursing faculties and health service providers: What can nursing learn from business literature? Journal of Nursing Management, 14(3), 170-179.
  • Leibbrandt, L., Brown, D., White, J. (2005). National comparative curriculum evaluation of baccalaureate nursing degrees: A framework for the practice based professions. Nurse Education Today, 25(6), 418-429.

2013

  • Chiarella, M., White, J. (2013). Which tail wags which dog? Exploring the interface between professional regulation and professional education. Nurse Education Today, 33(11), 1274-1278. [More Information]

2011

  • Matthews, L., Pockett, R., Nisbet, G., Thistlethwaite, J., Dunston, R., Lee, A., White, J. (2011). Building Capacity in Australian Interprofessional Health Education: Perspectives from Key Health and Higher Education Stakeholders. Australian Health Review, 35(2), 136-140. [More Information]

2010

  • White, J. (2010). The Australian and New Zealand context. In Pairman S; Tracy SK; Thorogood C; Pincombe J (Eds.), Midwifery: Preparation for practice 2e, (pp. 36-51). Sydney: Churchill Livingstone.

2009

  • White, J. (2009). Nursing today. In Crisp & Taylor (Eds.), Potter & Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing, (pp. 1-15). Sydney, Australia: Elsevier.
  • White, J., Hughes, F. (2009). The healthcare delivery system. In Crisp & Taylor (Eds.), Potter & Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing, (pp. 16-34). Sydney, Australia: Elsevier.

2007

  • White, J. (2007). Becoming a competent, confident professional practitioner. In Esther Chang, John Daly (Eds.), Transitions in Nursing: Preparing for Professional Nursing Practice, (pp. 16-28). Australia: Churchill Livingstone.

2006

  • White, J. (2006). Australian and New Zealand context. In Sally Pairman, Jan Pincombe, Carol Thorogood, Sally K. Tracy (Eds.), Midwifery: Preparation for Practice, (pp. 34-47). Chatswood: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Brown, D., White, J., Leibbrandt, L. (2006). Collaborative partnerships for nursing faculties and health service providers: What can nursing learn from business literature? Journal of Nursing Management, 14(3), 170-179.
  • White, J. (2006). Patterns of Knowing: Review, Critique, and Update. In Linda C. Andrist, Patrice K. Nicholas, Karen Anne Wolf (Eds.), A History of Nursing Ideas, (pp. 139-150). United States: Jones & Bartlett Publishers Inc.

2005

  • Leibbrandt, L., Brown, D., White, J. (2005). National comparative curriculum evaluation of baccalaureate nursing degrees: A framework for the practice based professions. Nurse Education Today, 25(6), 418-429.
  • White, J. (2005). Nursing today. In Jackie Crisp & Catherine Taylor (Eds.), Potter & Perry's fundamentals of Nursing, (pp. 1-15). Marrickville, NSW: Elsevier.

2004

  • White, J. (2004). Australian Foreword. In Donna Diers (Eds.), Speaking of Nursing..: Narratives of Practice, Research, Policy and the Profession, (pp. xiv-xv). United States: Jones & Bartlett Publishers Inc.

2003

  • White, J. (2003). Patterns of Knowing: Review, Critique, and Update. In Pamela G Reed, Leslie H. Nicoll, Nelma C Shearer (Eds.), Perspectives on Nursing Theory, (pp. 247-258). United States: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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