Australia Day

26 January 2015

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Dr Sally Goold OAM

Dr Sally Goold OAM


Registered nurse and Senior Australian of the Year 2006

Dr Sally Goold is a registered nurse who has been influential in improving opportunities and education for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses.

Sally was instrumental in forming the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and was the Executive Director until retirement in July 2012.

She assisted in forming the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern, with Fred Hollows, and worked there from its inception—she was the first Aboriginal Registered Nurse to do so.

Sally has an extensive background in Acute Care Setting, Cardio-Thoracic and Coronary Care, and conducted the post-basic cardio-thoracic nursing course at the Prince Charles Hospital and St Andrews Hospital, Brisbane.

Sally has lectured in both undergraduate and post-graduate programs at the School of Nursing at Queensland University of Technology, and is an Adjunct Professor at both James Cook University and Griffith University.

She has held positions on a number of boards and commissions including:

  • member on the advisory boards of three universities
  • member of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation
  • Ex-Commissioner of the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission
  • past member of the National Indigenous Council
  • member of the National Indigenous Health Equality Council
  • member of the Board of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council.

Dr Goold has received awards and recognition including:

  • Order of Australia Medal for service to Nursing Education and Aboriginal Health, 1986
  • Royal College of Nursing (Queensland Chapter) Distinguished Nursing Award, 2000
  • Doctor of Nursing, Honoris Causa from RMIT University, 2002
  • Senior Australian of the Year, 2006.