2024 Marian Barrett Lecture: Equity in Health Care - Every Nurse's Business

In 1945, Sir James William Barrett made a bequest to The University of Melbourne to provide a lecture on a subject of interest to Nursing and Medical professors and 1953, an inaugural Marian Barrett Lecture was delivered. Since 1997, the Marian Barrett Lecture has become an annual event and a highlight of our Nursing calendar at The University of Melbourne. Watch a recording of last year's Marian Barrett Lecture here.

The 2024 Marian Barrett Lecture will take the form of a series of three presentations highlighting nursing’s contribution to the delivery of equitable care, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. “Equity in Health Care – Every Nurse's Business” will illustrate the diversity of ways in which, and contexts where nurses work, to deliver care to marginalised and disadvantaged people in our community. Homelessness, disability and mental health present considerable barriers to care, compounding health disparities for these groups. This year’s speakers will showcase nursing’s influence through practice, policy and research to improving health outcomes for those impacted by barriers to care and treatment.

This session will be followed by networking, canapes and beverages.

Date: 9 May 2024
Time: 6-7pm
Location: Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade Parkville, VIC 3052


For those who wish to join virtually, you can register here.

Presented by


  • Photograph of Violet PlattAdjunct Associate Professor Violet Platt is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years of experience in cancer and palliative care nursing. She has worked in England, the Isle of Man, and Australia in a variety of settings including hospital, hospice, and the community. Violet has a Masters in Nursing Research, an Executive Master of Business Administration, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Palliative Care for people experiencing homelessness. In 2016, Violet received a Lifetime Achievement award from the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards in recognition of her contributions to cancer and palliative care nursing.
  • Photograph of Catherine DanielDr Catherine Daniel is a Senior Lecturer, Coordinator of Post Graduate Mental Health Nursing and Program Coordinator of Specialty Nursing Programs at The University of Melbourne. Catherine has continued to work in a clinical role at The Royal Melbourne Hospital in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and has over 30 years of experience in mental health nursing. Catherine completed a Masters Research Degree in minimising mechanical restraint in acute health in 2010. In 2015, she completed a PhD at The University of Melbourne that explored how the risk of violence can be accurately identified at ED triage. Catherine is also a credentialled mental health nurse and is committed to supporting nurses to develop specialist mental health nursing practice. She is passionate about reducing restrictive interventions and stigma for all people who access health care. In 2023, Catherine was elected as a Board Director and Vice President for the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing and is the Scientific Chair for the International Mental Health Nursing Conference.
  • Photograph of Ingrid SutherlandIngrid Sutherland is a Clinical Nurse Consultant with the Department of Neurodevelopment & Disability (NDD) at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), providing nursing care and coordination between the hospital and the community for children with complex neurodisability. Ingrid is passionate about supporting the wellbeing of parents and carers of children with a neurodisability, which led to her collaborating on the development and implementation of the combined nursing and psychology NDD Parent Wellbeing Clinic in 2017. In 2019, she completed a Masters of Advanced Nursing Practice, researching the experiences of parents with limited English when utilising the RCH for their child with a neurodisability. This year, she starts her PhD journey as a MACH-Track trainee, where she will research respite care for children with complex neurodisabilities.

Panel discussion facilitator

  • Photograph of Mei KrishnasamyProfessor Mei Krishnasamy (FAAN) is a Professor of Nursing in the Department of Nursing at the University of Melbourne; Research and Education Lead for Nursing for the VCCC Alliance and Honorary Professor in the Department of Health Services Research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Chair. She holds national and international leadership roles in cancer nursing and is passionate about strengthening nurses’ opportunities to undertake research to inform and innovate care. Mei’s research focuses on equitable access to cancer supportive care particularly for older adults with cancer and people with poor prognosis cancers. She has secured over AUD$35m as CI and co-CI in competitive research funds and has authored 116 publications.