The Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer

Terri Barrett is currently the Acting Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer for WA Health. 

Terri has been a nurse and midwife for more than 30 years working in both the public and private sector across metropolitan and rural Western Australia.

Having completed hospital based training as a nurse initially, Terri graduated as a midwife in 1982. Over the next 20 years she worked as a clinician and education facilitator before moving into management. Terri has also worked in senior safety and quality roles and is passionate about ensuring our governance systems enable staff to provide patient centred, high quality care. 

Terri has completed university studies at Masters level and has been an active member of professional organisations both locally and  nationally. She is currently the national President of the Australian College of Midwives.

Terri has undertaken a number of senior roles within WA which have given her an in depth understanding of the professional issues and challenges facing nurses and midwives in all practice settings. She has been a member of several national committees and has led a number of statewide initiatives over this time. She is active in the research area, especially focussed on translational research and how this can be utilised to improve service delivery and patient outcomes.

Terri is passionate about advancing the professions and believes that nurses and midwives are well placed to provide the necessary leadership to ensure our health systems are patient centred and able to meet the future needs of the community of Western Australia. She is excited to be involved in nursing leadership at this time and looks forward to supporting the nurses and midwives of the future.