Professor Catherine Turner AM

Professor Catherine Turner was appointed as a non-executive director on 1 August 2008. Professor Turner began her career at Mater, graduating in 1984 with the Mother Alban Memorial Award for Excellence in Nursing.

Professor Turner has qualifications in nursing, population health and education. She has worked as a clinical nurse, epidemiologist and has held senior appointments in the tertiary education and government sectors since 1992, including a Ministerial appointment as Assistant Commissioner (Nursing) of the former Health Quality and Complaints Commission Queensland (HQCC) 2011-2014.

Professor Turner was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University and a recipient of a National Health & Medical Research Fellowship. She established the former School of Nursing and Midwifery at The University of Queensland in 2005 and was Head of School until June 2014. She is the recipient of Excellence in Teaching Awards, a distinguished alumni Award and has published more than 140 peer reviewed publications.

In 2017 Professor Turner was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant contribution to the nursing profession, specifically through research into practice, population health and higher education. She is a member of the Mission and Ethics Committee, the Human Resources Committee and the Board Nominations Committee.

In 2016 Professor Turner was appointed to the Board of Directors of Mater Education Ltd.