Dr. Michelle Gunn

Director of Nursing, Queensland Australia

Michelle has been a registered nurse for almost twenty-five years and holds academic qualifications in nursing and law.  She received her Bachelor of Nursing with Distinction and her Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours.  When admitted to the Queensland Supreme Court as a Solicitor she was the number one admission in her year.

Michelle is a Director of Nursing in the Queensland Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, where she has responsibility for Professional Capability statewide. Over recent years she has lead unprecedented policy investments in nursing workforce development, including a $110 million dollar investment in graduate employment.  She is a Member of the Queensland Nursing and Midwifery Executive Council, an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Queensland and a Nursing Expert Panel Member for the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Michelle is passionate about addressing social and health inequalities through understanding policy leadership, and the link between resource distribution and access to care. She is currently undertaking a PhD into resource allocation decision-making, and is the first nurse to hold the Royal Australian College of Surgeons Louis Waller Medico Legal Scholarship. Michelle is an advocate for victims of institutional abuse and violence against women and children.  This has seen her present at forums including the: Australian Defence Force Abuse Taskforce; Australian Senate Inquiry into the Aged Care Workforce; and World Health Assembly.

Michelle was a scholar of the International Council of Nurses, Global Nursing Policy Leadership Institute (GNPLI) in 2017, and leads monthly GNPLI global professional network. Michelle holds the Australian Defence Medal and is the mother of five incredible young people.