Professor Cobie Rudd is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) and Vice-President at Edith Cowan University (ECU) with key responsibilities to enhance external relations and higher education sector partnerships, devise strategy to further advance ECU, and oversee professional accreditations. Also leading gender equity in academia for ECU as part of the first pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia, she is actively addressing the gender imbalance in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). This includes building a culture of equality and diversity with measurable gains including increased opportunities for women and improved work practices. Previously, she was ECU’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Advancement), Professor of Mental Health and one of five National Teaching Fellows appointed by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching in 2011; the first in simulation.
Professor Rudd has provided leadership for a diverse range of Statewide and national capacity-building and research projects aimed at addressing the challenges of providing a skilled, inter-professional and sustainable health workforce that is responsive to evolving community needs. In 2014 and 2012, she led the teams that received ECU Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Programs that Enhance Quality and Performance and for Service to Students, respectively.
She has also lived and worked in Queensland and Canberra in senior policy research and advisory roles for both state and commonwealth governments.
Professor Rudd currently holds a Government of Western Australia Cabinet-endorsed appointment to the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention and is a Non-Executive Director on the Leadership WA Board. She served as a Non-Executive Director on the Board for the International Society for Simulation in Healthcare (2010-2013), as a Non-Executive Director on the Board for the International Association for Research in Service-Learning and Community Engagement (2008-2010).
Professor Rudd holds the degrees of Bachelor of Health Science in Nursing from the University of New England, Master of Public Health from Queensland University of Technology, and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Western Australia. Additionally, she is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Professor Rudd was a Finalist in the 2014 Telstra Business Women’s Awards in two categories, the Business Innovation and Community and Government Awards, and is a Finalist in the 2015 Business Women’s Awards in the Government and Academia category.
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