Promoting the advancement of Child and Family Health nursing in South Australia
About Us

The South Australian Child and Family Health Nurses Association provides a voice for Child and Family Health nurses, speaking out on issues that affect not just SACFHNA members but children, young people and families. SACFHNA also reviews and contributes to professional standards, policy development and legislation affecting children, young people and families at state and national levels.

The Aim of SACFHNA is to:

  • Promote the professional and educational interests of Child and Family Health Nurses at state and national levels
  • Promote the identity of Child and Family Health Nurses
  • Advance the educational expertise of Child and Family Health Nursing
  • Encourage relevant research in the area of Child and Family Health Nursing
  • Provide a forum for Child and Family Health Nurses to network and exchange knowledge and experiences
  • Raise awareness of the clinical speciality of Child and Family Health Nursing

SACFHNA events are coordinated by an organising committee of elected members who meet on a monthly basis to coordinate at least four professional development events per annum. See upcoming events.

The SACFHNA committee consists of elected members for a term of two years.


President- Lynda McDowall

lyndaRegistered General Nurse , Registered Midwife , Graduate Certificates (Child , Adolescent & Family Health Nursing) (Child & Adolescent Mental Heath Nursing)


Vice President- Jenice Garlick

Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife and Infant Welfare Certificate.

Jenice has been working as a child health nurse in CaFHS since 1985. She has worked in Torrens House, Parent Helpline and more recently in Central and Metro South regions. She loves working in partnership with families and supporting parents in their role.

Jenice is married with 3 adult children and enjoys walking, playing golf and croquet and socialising with family and friends.


Secretary – Mary Anne Fearon

Registered Nurse/Midwife, Grad Cert Child and Family Health Nursing

From Queensland and have worked in most states in Australia as a Registered Nurse and Midwife. I am married with 3 adult children.  No thoughts of retiring as I love my job. I am based at Edwardstown Office doing mix of Universal and Family Home Visiting Services. It is important for families with babies and young children to receive high quality support with the job of parenting. I am highly supportive of being in a professional body that supports and values our work our work.


Treasurer – Judith Theunissen

judithRegistered Nurse, Midwifery Dip, Bsc (hons) Specialist Practice Public Health Nursing and Health Visiting


Committee Member & Vice President of MCaFHNA – Dr Julian Grant
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(BNurs, Hons 1A, PhD, RN, GradCert Paeds, GradCert CAFHN)

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Committee Member – Sue Kent

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Committee Member- Claire Dowdall

Registered Nurse/ Health Visitor

Claire arrived in Australia from England quite a few  years ago now, only planning to stay for  2 years, but two wonderful adult sons later she is still here. She has been working in the area of Child and Family Health for thirty years, both as a Health Visitor in the U.K. and here in South Australia.

Whilst working in the U.K. in a very diverse and multi-lingual area, she learnt a lot about various cultures- including the dangers of drinking tea made with carnation milk, cinnamon, cardamom and various other herbs. Since moving to Australia and working with CaFHS, she has worked mainly in the Metro North areas,  piloting the roll out of the Universal and Family Home Visiting programmes (in the development of which she was also involved). She was the Liaison Nurse for the Lyell McEwen and Gawler Hospitals for two years. Claire is also one of only a few Child Safe Environments Trainers in Women’s and Children’s Health Network and has been involved in the development of a WCHN wide Child Safe Environments Education Package. In 2012 she undertook the Advanced Clinical Service Coordinator role for 3 months during a period of rapid change in Metro North.

Claire is committed to working in partnership with parents to achieve the optimal outcomes for families and children in South Australia.


Committee Member- Carol Widdrington

Registered Nurse, Midwifery, Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health Nursing

Carol has worked as a Child and Family Health Nurse for almost fourteen years. Carol was a RN when she arrived from the UK in 1987, and completed her midwifery in 1989. Carol is passionate about raising the profile of Child and Family Health Nursing and supporting families to make changes, which promote optimal outcomes for children with an Attachment Theory underpinning her practice. Carol enjoys visiting the beach, walking in the local Park run and chocolate


Committee Member- Denise McDonald

Registered Nurse, Bsc Specialist Practice Public Health Nursing and Health Visiting

Denise has a strong interest for improving health in the early years. This comes from a background of contributing to children and young people’s services in both UK (National Health Service) and South Australia (Child and Family Health Services).

Denise believes in the values of research based practice and the significance this has to evolve subsequent changes to policy and practice. A recent involvement with an on-line research programme/ trial has highlighted the capabilities of internet technologies to further enhance the health of our children across the world.

Denise has also had the opportunity to participate with a team of four South Australian nurses working with children and young people in a joint Premier of SA / DECD Scholarship overseas. The study tour provided valuable first-hand insight to assist South Australia to lead our nation in the provision of quality sustainable health care for future generation.

Denise feels it is a privilege to be able to share in the lives of the families she meets and finds her role in supporting families during their parenting journey rewarding. Denise loves walking along the beautiful beaches of South Australia with her husband, 2 children and cute dog Milo.