Professor Di Twigg is Executive Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Edith Cowan University, Perth Western Australia and Research Consultant in the Centre for Nursing Research at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. As Executive Dean she is the executive leader of the School and is accountable to the Vice-Chancellor for its effective leadership and management. As a member of the University Executive, she also provides strategic leadership to the wider University and undertakes a strong engagement role nationally and internationally. Previously, Professor Twigg spent most of her career in the health industry and has held several senior health executive roles, most notably as Executive Director of Nursing Services at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, a 600 bed Magnet designated teaching hospital.
Professor Twigg combines her extensive experience in Health Service leadership with more recent research and policy development to make a research contribution to issues related to nursing workforce, hospital staffing and cost-effective care. She is recognised for her work in relation to nursing workforce and patient outcome research which specifically relates to safe staffing levels and the relationships between staffing, patient, organisational and economic outcomes. Since joining academe in 2010, this work has attracted over $2,390,000 research funding, resulted in over 50 peer reviewed papers, a number of key note presentations and has been used by industry and industrial organisations to argue for safe staffing levels.
Professor Twigg currently holds an appointment to the National Nursing and Midwifery Education Advisory Network (NNMEAN) which is an advisory body responsible for the provision of advice to Health Ministers on issues relating to the planning and coordination of education, employment and immigration for nurses and midwives.
In 2019 Professor Twigg was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to nursing through a range of leadership, education and advisory roles. She also received the Life Time Achievement Honour at the 2017 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards for her contribution to the profession over many years.
Professor Twigg holds a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) Honours from Edith Cowan University, a Master of Business Administration from Murdoch University and a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Technology, Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing, Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Services Management and member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.
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