Inaugural leader of College of Nursing and Health Sciences appointed

Flinders University is pleased to welcome Professor Alison Kitson as inaugural Vice-President and Executive Dean in its new College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Professor Kitson is an exceptional scholar with over 200 publications and brings more than 30 years of experience in academic leadership and innovation to the role.

She joins Flinders from the University of Adelaide where she has been Dean and Head of the School of Nursing.

Professor Kitson’s prior roles include Executive Director of Nursing (Innovation and Reform) for the Central Adelaide Local Health Network, and Executive Director of Nursing at the Royal College of Nursing in the United Kingdom.

“Professor Kitson brings strong skills in strategic leadership and an enterprising spirit to Flinders at a time when we are challenging traditional paradigms in teaching and research and making advances in a dynamic and unpredictable world,” President and Vice-Chancellor Colin Stirling says.

“Her proven track record in driving growth and recognition for the profession of nursing both in Australia and the United Kingdom, in addition to her outstanding research profile, makes her a tremendous asset to our College of Nursing and Health Sciences as we move into a new era of innovation.

“Professor Kitson also has a very strong track record in interprofessional leadership, both in research and education.

“I have no doubt that Professor Kitson’s experience and vision will support our goals of being in the top 10 of Australian universities and in the top one percent in the world.”

Professor Kitson says she’s excited to be joining Flinders at a time of such opportunity and change.

“I am delighted to be a part of the Flinders community and have the chance to play a key role in its transformative future, especially as it has the power to change peoples’ lives for the better.

“Flinders has an enviable and world-renowned reputation for multidisciplinary research and programs in health sciences, nursing and midwifery and I look forward to growing Flinders’ profile in these areas in order to make an impact on patient care.

“I am most looking forward to driving ongoing innovation within the College and supporting staff and students to think bravely, work enthusiastically and embrace opportunities to collaborate with the community and the healthcare sector.

“I am determined to see Flinders’ College of Nursing and Health Sciences regarded as an international exemplar and I appreciate the confidence Flinders is investing in appointing me to this important role,” Professor Kitson says.

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