Karen Walker has a PhD from the University of Sydney and is a Clinical Associate Professor with both the medical and nursing faculties at USyd. She has been a neonatal nurse for over 20 years and has extensive state, national and international collaborations.
She is passionate about improving health outcomes across the lifespan, equitable access to universal health care and education. She is motivated to support nurses, midwives and health care workers to improve women’s and baby’s health and to decrease globally maternal and newborn mortality by improving access to education, supporting, empowering and mentorship. As President of the Australian College of Neonatal Nurses and Vice-President of the Council of International Neonatal Nurses, a global neonatal nursing health organisation she has strong leadership and advocacy skills.
She is a founding member of the Alliance for Global Neonatal Nurses in the USA and works with the WHO and other international groups both in Australia and Internationally. With more than 70 journal articles and book chapters, she is an invited national and international speaker with more than 100 national and international presentations. As a clinical academic, Karen supports and mentors more junior colleagues as well as PhD and Masters Students with their research, publications and presentations.