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Awarded for service to health and community
Born: 2 September 1961
Entered on roll: 2019
Neroli Ellis advanced the profession of nursing while serving for 15 years as Tasmanian State Secretary of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF).
As an advocate for nurses, midwives and care staff, Neroli made regular media appearances and addressed forums and community meetings. Behind the scenes, she worked with politicians of all sides to lobby for legislation and improvements to health services to enable delivery of quality health care.
In her role, Neroli prepared and presented submissions for state and national enquiries. She was also an active member of the ANMF Federal Executive and Federal Council, and she represented Australian nurses at the Commonwealth Nurses Federation summit in London.
Neroli, herself a Registered Nurse, respected nurses as being in the best position to understand the needs of health care.
Neroli’s proudest achievements were improving working conditions and professional status for nurses in Tasmania by opening the Health Education and Research Centre, and increasing the membership from 1,300 to 8,000.
Leading a successful organisation requires corporate governance skills, strategic planning, managing risk and finances, and the ability to negotiate employment agreements.
Her skills lead to her being appointed a director on many boards, including Tasplan Super, Connect Financial, MyState Foundation and the Retirement Benefits Fund. Neroli advocated to encourage women to be active in their superannuation and retirement goals by addressing young women at University of Tasmania events, schools and orientation days.
Neroli is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, a Tasmanian Leadership Program Leadership Champion for over 10 years, and she has completed a Master in Business. She has received numerous awards including the Telstra Business Women’s Award, a finalist in the Tasmanian division of the Australian of the Year, and the Gerdi Jevtic Award for prominent Fahan School alumni.
Neroli has recently been appointed to the role of Deputy President of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission. She belongs to a number of community organisations and has represented Tasmania in the National Masters Rowing Championships.