In 2018 Erin McLeod was awarded the Returned Sisters Memorial Leadership Grant. The grant gave her the opportunity to pursue her professional goals in clinical based education and leadership development for nurses and midwives.

Erin said “The grant supported my application to explore and gain learnings from identified high achieving organisations within Australia and internationally that are recognised for leadership and professional and quality nursing and midwifery practice.”

With the grant Erin was able to travel to Banff, Canada and Baltimore, USA. She says “The experience of learning and working alongside and being immersed with the nurses and midwives in these identified organisations was one that inspired and has led to direct changes.” Changes now implemented in THS South as a result of this include:

  • Design and implementation a mentoring program with THS South for Nurses and Midwives
  • Review of Transition to Practice education program/framework
  • Integration of leadership into education attributes that shape the development of education programs and outcomes.