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Professor Sharon Brownie

Director Health Strategy & Partnerships
PhD by Published Works, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom; Masters of Applied Management (Nursing), University of Newcastle, Australia; Diploma of Company Directorship, Aust Institute of Company Directors, Australia; Doctor of Business Administration, Charles Sturt University, Australia; Master of Health Service Management, Charles Sturt University, Australia; Master of Educational Administration (1st Class), Massey University, New Zealand; Trained Tutors Certificate , Central Institute of Technology, New Zealand; Bachelor of Education, Massey University, New Zealand; Registered Midwife, Waikato Hospital, New Zealand


Professor Sharon Brownie is the Director of Health Strategy and Partnerships working with our Executive Dean leading Swinburne University’s health expansion strategy. Sharon has a strong background in community engagement with proven expertise in working in partnership with professional entities, industry stakeholders and government both nationally and internationally. She is a capable health and social service researcher with extensive educational leadership, health service management and policy development experience. Her experience extends across the health, education, economic development, and employment sectors and her global perspective has developed through her work in Australia, New Zealand, East Africa, Fiji and the Middle East. Her leadership roles have included significant capacity building, workforce development, business growth and change management mandates.  While in these roles she has actively maintained practice and nursing licensure in both Australia and New Zealand.  Her initial doctorate evaluated New Zealand’s partnership-based public policy model for local and regional economic development and has underpinned her interest and roles in partnership-based capacity building.  Her leadership focus is strengthened by a second doctoral qualification, specifically, a PhD by published works entitled ‘Nursing in Health Service Leadership.’

She is an active researcher with 70 + peer reviewed publications plus various book chapter and ISBN reports in the past five years.  Her research interests include:   

  • Partnership-based, interprofessional practice with health sector applications in collaborative care
  • Interprofessional student-led health services
  • Nursing and health workforce capacity building
  • Competency-based education & training

She is passionate in her belief that quality health and education services should be available to everyone irrespective of their geographic location or socioeconomic circumstances.  Thus, she has worked in various rural and remote contexts improving service quality and access for marginalized and disadvantaged people.   She excels in roles with a stated strategic intent to build strong and sustainable social, educational and economic conditions and entities that improve community wellbeing and enable populations, communities and families to thrive and grow. 


  • 2012, International, Award of Excellence: In recognition of management of the School of Nursing at FCHS, Abu Dhabi and GU health workforce and research capacity building project in the region , Griffith University, Queensland
  • 2000, National, NZ Public Sector Management Development: Public Sector Award for development of senior public servants to CEO level: Fellowship for Senior Public Servants, Management Development Centre, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 2000, Other, Northland Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence in Community Servicing, Chamber of Commerce, Northland, New Zealand
  • 1992, Other, Manawatu Businesswoman of the Year: In recognition of the introduction of quality business disciplines and the achievement of significant business growth in the vocational educaton sector, Manawatu Chamber of Commerce

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Also published as: Brownie, Sharon; Brownie, S.; Brownie, S. M.; Brownie, Sharon M.; Brownie, Sharon Mary
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: Developing Nursing Practice Guidelines and Syllabi for Virtual Health Assessment *; Anonymous Donor

* Chief Investigator

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