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Mater bids farewell to Associate Professor Patricia Snowden

After more than 35 years with Mater Health Services, Mater Private Hospital’s Director of Nursing Associate Professor Patricia Snowden retired from her position.

Originally trained in Hobart, Associate Professor Snowden joined Mater Adult Hospital as a part-time Nursing Supervisor in 1973 and undertook her first post graduate education in 1978. She was appointed Deputy Director of Nursing in 1981, a position she held until 1997 when appointed as the first Director of Nursing (DoN) at Mater Private Hospital who was not a Sister of Mercy and only the 14th DoN in the hospital’s history.

During her time as Director of Nursing, Associate Professor Snowden managed and implemented initiatives which helped shape the hospital’s commitment to exceptional nursing care. She led the way for new models of service and managed the hospital through periods of significant cultural change.

In 1998 she initiated a revised, decentralised nursing structure to enable clear communication, decision making at point of care and accountability. The following year Associate Professor Snowden and Australian Catholic University (ACU), developed and implemented an alternative model of clinical practice for nursing students.

In addition to her role as a leader at Mater Health Services, Associate Professor Snowden achieved many accolades and held appointments with a number of industry and academic groups in the interests of furthering the nursing profession. In 2000 she was appointed as an Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Nursing Surveyor and in 2002 was appointed Associate Professor with ACU, the first title bestowed in Australia by the University.

In 2004, she was appointed Chair of the Catholic Health Australia Directors of Nursing National Committee, in 2005 inaugural Council Chair of the Mater Nursing and Midwifery Alumni and in 2006 Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee, Private Hospitals Association.

Mater Private Hospital Executive Director Don Murray described Associate Professor Snowden as an outstanding leader and a consummate professional who exemplified the Mater Mission and Values.

“During her time at Mater, Pat achieved national and international recognition for her efforts and is extremely well regarded as a leader in her field,” he said.

“On behalf of Mater Health Services, we wish Pat all the best in her retirement,” Mr Murray continued, “her commitment to Mater Health Services has been nothing less than exceptional.”

Associate Professor Patricia Snowden

Associate Professor Patricia Snowden


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