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:
- free from 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.
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, instilling a public health approach to her roles. 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.
- Master of Remote Health Practice: Nurse Practitioner, Flinders University
- Bachelor of Nursing, University of Tasmania
- Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Family Planning Australia
- Education and training