Meet our highly qualified, diverse and dynamic line up of speakers. 


Dr Robert Anderson OAM (Uncle Bob)

Welcome to country 
Dr Robert Anderson OAM is a respected Ngugi Elder from Mulgumpin, Moreton Island in Quandamooka, SEQ. He is well known for striving to protect the rights of workers through the union movement and for his efforts to maintain and promote the reconciliation process and native title rights as an Aboriginal Elder. He served as a union delegate and State Organiser for the Building Workers Industrial Union from 1951 to 1978 and has been recognised as an Honorary Member of the CFMEU.
Affectionately known as Uncle Bob, he has a long and distinguished history of community service for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In 1998, Uncle Bob was named SEQ Indigenous Elder of the Year and SEQ Indigenous Person of the Year. Since then he has received many awards including Brisbane Citizen of the Year and the Order of Australia Medal (OAM). In 2001, he became one of the inaugural Queensland Greats. 

Beth Mohle, AM

QNMU Secretary
Presentation: A year in review (Download our Year in review report)
Beth Mohle is Secretary of the QNMU. Beth commenced her career in nursing in 1983, working as a Registered Nurse at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. She joined the QNMU as an Organiser in 1991 and held project and research positions before being elected Assistant Secretary in January 2007 and Secretary in April 2011. 
Beth has worked hard to advance the industrial and professional interests and values of nurses and midwives working in all sectors across Queensland. In 2020, Beth was presented with an Order of Australia Medal for her significant service to the nursing profession, industrial relations, and the superannuation sector. 
Beth is currently a board member of QSuper, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) and was named AISTs Trustee of the Year in 2008. Beth is Senior Vice President of the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) and an active founding member of the Queensland Community Alliance.
In 2020, Beth was also awarded the Order of Australia Medal for her significant service to the nursing profession, industrial relations, and the superannuation sector. 

Kate Veach

QNMU Assistant Secretary 
Presentation: Assistant Secretary’s Report 
Kate Veach was elected Assistant Secretary of the QNMU in 2021. Prior to this, Kate was the QNMU Director of Organising and Professional Services. She is a Registered Nurse and has been a QNMU member for 27 years. 
Kate has worked in public, private and commercial healthcare environments in clinical management and administrative roles. Kate has held a Nursing Director position in Sub and Post-Acute Service within West Moreton Hospital and Health Service and an Assistant Director of Nursing position in the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (OCNMO). She is also an International Council of Nurses (ICN) Global Nursing Leadership Institute Scholar and an Executive Member of the Queensland Council of Unions. 

Thomas Mayor

National Indigenous Officer - Maritime Union of Australia
Presentation: Uluru Statement from the Heart  
Thomas Mayor is a Torres Strait Islander, a wharfie and National Indigenous Officer for the Maritime Union of Australia.
He has tirelessly advocated for the proposals in the Uluru Statement, and is the author of two best-selling books. The first book, Finding the Heart of the Nation – the journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth, tells his story, the story of the Uluru Statement and the remarkable people that he met on his campaigning journey. A children’s version of the book, Finding our Heart, was published in June 2020. In August and September 2021, he is publishing two more books; Dear Son – letters and reflections from First Nations fathers and sons and Freedom Day: Vincent Lingiari and the Wave Hill Walk-Off.

Annie Butler

Federal Secretary - Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) 
Presentation: ANMF Federal Office Report  
Annie was formally appointed Federal Secretary for the ANMF in June 2018, having served as the Assistant Federal Secretary since March 2014, and following years of experience in the clinical, professional and industrial areas of nursing.
Annie is a Registered Nurse with over a decade’s experience working in public hospitals, the community and on health education projects, and a further decade working in research and education. Annie is passionate about improving Australia’s system of health and aged care and the critical role nurses and midwives have to play in the future of our health system. 

Lori-Anne Sharp 

Assistant Federal Secretary - Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) 
Presentation: ANMF Federal Office Report  
Lori-Anne Sharp is a Registered Nurse with a career spanning over two decades. She spent the majority of her career working for the Royal District Nursing Service across a variety of roles and sites.
Lori-Anne was a workplace representative with the ANMF before joining the Victorian Branch Council in 2004. During this time, she has held positions as Branch Executive, Branch Vice President and Federal Vice President. She became a pivotal cog in the union effort negotiating EBAs on behalf of members and supporting landmark policies such as nurse-to-patient ratios. 

Dr Jeannette Young

Queensland Chief Health Officer
Presentation: The voice of women in leadership and COVID-19
Dr Jeannette Young is the Queensland Chief Health Officer and one of the Deputy Directors-General, in the Department of Health.
She has specialist qualifications as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and as a Fellow by Distinction of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom. She is an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, QUT and UQ. 
Her normal role includes responsibility for health disaster planning and response, aeromedical retrieval services, licensing of private hospitals and schools of anatomy, policy regarding organ and tissue donation, blood, medicines and poisons, cancer screening, communicable diseases, environmental health, preventive health, and medical workforce planning and leadership.
Since January 2020 she has been the State Health Incident Controller for the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. While she has concentrated on the pandemic response, Bronwyn Nardi followed by Professor Keith McNeil have been Acting DDG for the Prevention Division.
Dr Young is a member of numerous state and national committees and boards including the National Medical and Medical Research Council, and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.
In June 2021, it was announced that Dr Jeanette Young will be the next Queensland Governor. She will formally step into the role on 1 November 2021.

Dr Matthew McHugh

Independence Chair for Nursing Education and Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania
Presentation: The Lancet findings on Queensland's nurse-to-patient ratios policy: Benefits to clinicians and patients but much work still to be done
Dr Matthew McHugh is the Independence Chair for Nursing Education and Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing.
Dr McHugh is Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at Penn where he conducts health services and policy research focusing on the impact of nurses and nursing on patient outcomes, quality of care, and costs. He has led the evaluation of Queensland nurse-to-patient ratios with Dr. Linda Aiken at UPenn and colleagues at the Queensland University of Technology.
He is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar, a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

Mary Chiarella, AM

Professor Emerita, University of Sydney (Susan Wakil School of Nursing)
Presentation: Stepping up, smashing ceilings and shaking off myths - nurses and midwives taking to the stage
Mary’s career spans 40 years both in the United Kingdom and Australia. Mary is Professor Emerita at the University of Sydney's Susan Wakil School of Nursing. She has served as the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer for the NSW Health Department, and prior to that was the Foundation Professor of Nursing in Corrections Health with the University of Technology, Sydney. 
Mary has provided her professional expertise to health services, organisations and governments over the years. She is a Board member of Northern Sydney LHD and chairs their Health Care Quality Committee. She also serves on the Health Ethics Advisory Panel to the NSW Minister for Health and the Clinical Governance Advisory Committee to healthdirect Australia. She has recently been appointed by the NSW Nursing and Midwifery Council as a panel member for the professional standards committees and by the Australian Medical Council as a member of the accreditation review committee for the Australian College of Emergency Medicine.
Mary’s particular research interests focus on legal, policy and ethical issues in nursing, midwifery and health care delivery. She was awarded an AM for significant contributions to nursing and midwifery education and healthcare standards in June 2019 and was awarded the title of Professor Emerita by the University of Sydney on 1 May 2021.

Michele O'Neil

President - Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
Presentation: Call to action 
Michele is the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. She began her working life as a waitress, went on to work in the community sector with homeless young people and then to working in the clothing industry.

Before being elected as ACTU President in 2018, Michele represented workers in the textile, clothing and footwear industry as an Organiser and then Branch and National Secretary of the TCFUA (Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia). She represented her union nationally and internationally and led campaigns to win world leading rights for workers throughout clothing supply chains, helping create a model of supply chain accountability for workers which increased pay and conditions for some of Australia’s most exploited workers.

Following the amalgamation of the TCFUA and the CFMEU, Michele was CFMEU Vice President.