Kristy Cooper

  • Kristy Cooper

    Nurse Practitioner and Indigenous Academic Development Fellow

    Contact for:
    Education and training


Kristy Cooper (Palawa) is an Indigenous Academic Development Fellow with the School of Nursing at the University of Tasmania. Appointed in 2020, she aspires to work collaboratively and contribute to a future nursing workforce which is free of all forms of discrimination, culturally sound and adaptable in optimising the health, social and emotional wellbeing of our communities.

Kristy is a strong advocate for advancing the role of nursing in Australia and reorienting healthcare service delivery to meet the needs of individuals, families and communities. Passionate about grassroots and outcome driven healthcare, Kristy is committed to the delivery and education of comprehensive primary healthcare, grounded by her cultural understanding of health and wellbeing.  

Completing a Masters of Remote Health Practice: Nurse Practitioner in 2012, Kristy gained nurse practitioner endorsement with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency in 2013. Kristy was formally recognised for her commitment to remote area nursing in 2012, awarded Western Australian Remote Area Nurse of the Year and Western Australian Overall Registered Nurse of the Year.  

Kristy possesses a number of advanced clinical practice skills in child, youth and woman's Health and enjoys instilling a public health approach to the roles she takes on in health and healthcare education. Kristy is currently living and working on Wurundgeri Country, with future aspirations to develop her leadership in corporate governance and community capacity building in healthcare and community service delivery.

Professional Details

  • Master of Remote Health Practice: Nurse Practitioner, Flinders University
  • Bachelor of Nursing, University of Tasmania
  • Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Family Planning Australia

Area of Expertise

  • Primary Healthcare
  • Health Promotion
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening
  • Woman's, Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Immunisation
  • Rural and remote healthcare


  • Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM)
  • Indigenous Allied Health Association (IAHA)
  • The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP)

To get in contact and engage any of the Fellows, please contact the Alumni Manager (Indigenous Leadership) at the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health on:


Phone:             03 9035 8185