The staff and students of the School of Nursing and Midwifery warmly congratulate Professor Margaret McMillan on being awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her service to medical education and nursing through a range of academic and executive roles. Professor McMillan has a long and remarkable history as an academic leader at the forefront of the transfer of nursing education to the university sector and as an advocate for problem based learning in nursing and health education more broadly.
She has held leadership positions for much of her career in both the tertiary and professional sector and is widely known for her pragmatism, innovation, and academic and political acumen in all fields of health. These abilities have put her at the forefront of change in health and nursing for the past 30 years. Her ability to conceptualise and forge change is respected by many. Her expertise, knowledge, skills and sage advise are widely sought by health professionals from Australia and overseas.
Presently, Conjoint Professor Margaret McMillan works within the School of Nursing and Midwifery in the Faculty of Health where she acts as a mentor for academic colleagues, many of whom are her doctoral graduates and where she encourages cross disciplinary collaboration on research and scholarly activities. In this role she also continues to make a significant contribution to workforce planning and development consultancy work and reviews. Her warmth and generosity to her colleagues and health professionals from all over the world are unsurpassed.