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


Secretary – Donna Turnbull

donna(Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, Infant  Welfare Certificate, Graduate Diploma of Social Science ( Health Counselling), Immunisation certificate)

Treasurer – Judith Theunissen

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

Committee Member & Vice President of MCaFHNA – Dr Julian Grant

(BNurs, Hons 1A, PhD, RN, GradCert Paeds, GradCert CAFHN)

Committee Member- Tanya Carwana

tanya(Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Psychology, Graduate Certificate in Child, Adolescent & Family Health)

Committee Member- Karen Tucker


(Registered Nurse, Midwife, Infant Welfare Certificate, Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Health Counselling), Immunization Certificate, Diploma in Government(Management)

Committee Member – Sue Kent


Committee Member – Barb Smithies

(RN, RM, CAFHN and  NICU, were obtained both in Australia and the UK)

Committee Member- Claire Dowdall

Committee Member- Carol Widdrington

Committee Member- Denise McDonald