Aged Residential Care (ARC)
Nursing Leadership Group

The Nursing Leadership Group is the recognised voice of aged care nursing. We have a collective, consistent and strong voice.

Providing nursing leadership – and ensuring that Registered Nurses in aged care are supported to work to their full potential – is one of the most important things we can do to improve health and wellbeing of older New Zealanders.

Why is having an ARC Nursing Leadership Group important?

  • Registered nurses in aged residential care work in partnership as an essential part of the health system to deliver better health outcomes for New Zealanders.
  • Registered nurses in aged residential care provide a full spectrum of complex clinical assessment and care, including hospital-level care, dementia care and palliative care
  • A highly functioning aged residential care sector reduces the pressure on the public health system and prevents admissions to public hospitals.
  • Registered nurses in aged residential care improve the quality of life and clinical care for older New Zealanders.
  • Registered nurses lead multi-disciplinary clinical health teams that provide care to the highest standard for New Zealand’s older and more vulnerable population and support services teams in aged care.
  • Specialised aged care nursing offers a career development pathway. Our nurses need equal access to professional development and training, equal pay and equal conditions.
  • New Zealand needs to attract more specialist nurses into aged residential care now and in the future to meet the complex needs and increasing demand of an ageing population.
  • Older New Zealanders have a right to specialised clinical care by Registered Nurses.

NZACA Nursing Leadership Group

Dr Frances Hughes

General Manager of Nursing & Clinical Strategy, Oceania Healthcare

Frances previously held the positions of CEO of the International Council of Nursing in Geneva, Chief Nursing and Midwifery officer for Queensland, Professor of Nursing at University of Auckland and the Chief Nurse for New Zealand.

Rhonda Sherriff

Co-Owner and Operator of Chatswood Rest Home & Retirement Village, Canterbury

Rhonda is the Clinical Adviser to the NZACA.

Cheyne Chalmers

Chief Operating Officer of Ryman Healthcare

Cheyne was Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at Monash Health and Director of Nursing at Capital & Coast DHB.

Tanya Bish

Clinical Director of Metlifecare

Tanya has extensive leadership experience in the aged care sector including working as a Gerontology Nurse Specialist and contributing to aged care research.

Anna Blackwell

Co-Owner & Manager of Cook Street Nursing Care Centre

Anna has held many varied clinical leadership positions, has been an expert advisor to the Health and Disability Commission and also provides nursing leadership and coaching.

Virginia Sisson

Operations Manager at The Selwyn Foundation

Virginia has held many varied clinical and operational nursing leadership roles.

Gillian Robinson

Director of Healthcare Compliance Solutions Ltd

Gillian is also the author of the book ‘Excellence in residential care: a guide for managers and nurses.’ Gillian has worked in residential care as a nurse, manager and lead auditor.

  • Strengthening nursing leadership – and ensuring that aged care nurses are enabled to work to their full potential – is one of the most important things we can do to improve health and wellbeing.
  • Aged care nurses deliver a continuum of care for New Zealanders. We work in partnership as an essential part of the health system to create better health outcomes.
  • The residents in our care have increasingly acute conditions and we are a primary provider of palliative care.
  • Registered nurses lead the healthcare team in aged care. We need more nurses in the aged care sector to bolster the national healthcare system.
  • Educating and utilising nurses to their fullest potential makes economic sense. It reduces the need for hospital beds and increases quality of care and health.
  • Aged care is a nursing specialism with a career development path. Our nurses need equal access to professional development and training, equal pay and equal conditions.

For enquiries regarding the Nursing Leadership Group, please contact Neil Miller, Senior Policy Analyst, on 04 473 3159 or neil@nzaca.org.nz