Professor Cobie Rudd is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Advancement) at Edith Cowan University (ECU) and was one of five National Teaching Fellows appointed by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching in 2011. Her National Teaching Fellowship, now concluded, focussed on Enhancing uptake of learning through simulation in health on a national scale. In 2008, Professor Rudd led the team that was the State Winner (WA) of the Health Employees Superannuation Trust Australia Innovations Award for achievements in developing simulated learning environments, building on her creation of the ECU Health Simulation Centre in 2007.
Professor Rudd is also the Professor of Mental Health at ECU and leads a major research project within ECU’s Collaborative Research Network program that concentrates on developing evidence-based models of health care and the subsequent educational approaches required.
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 presently provides leadership for a number of Statewide and national education and clinical training projects aimed at addressing the challenges of providing a skilled, inter-professional and sustainable health workforce that is responsive to evolving community needs.
Professor Rudd holds the degrees of Bachelor of Health Science in Nursing from the University of New England - Northern Rivers, Master of Public Health from Queensland University of Technology, and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Western Australia. Additionally, she is licensed to practise as a Registered Nurse and a Registered Nurse - Specialty Mental Health.
Professor Rudd currently has a Government of Western Australia Cabinet-endorsed appointment to the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention and was elected Chair of the Council’s Research and Evaluation Reference Group. She served as a Director on the Board for the International Society for Simulation in Healthcare (2010-2012), as a Director on the Board for the International Association for Research in Service-Learning and Community Engagement (2008 – 2010), and is presently an invited member of the International Health Workforce Collaborative. She has been Chair of the Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health (Western Australia) (2007-2010), a Director on the Nurses Board of Western Australia (2005 – 2006), a Director on the Board for the Injury Control Council Western Australia (2005 - 2007), and Vice-Chair of Western Australia General Practice Education and Training Ltd (2000 - 2003).
In the 2000 Telstra Western Australian Business Women’s Awards, she was the Winner in the Shell Corporate and Government category.