Professor Sharon Brownie

Professor Sharon Brownie

Centre Director

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Professor Sharon Brownie has extensive health and social service executive experience across the health, education, economic development and employment sectors. 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 in the fields of both nursing and midwifery. 

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 passionate in her belief that quality health and education services should be available to everyone irrespective of their 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 that improve community wellbeing and enable populations, communities and families to thrive and grow.  


  • Griffith University Award of Excellence, 2012
    Awarded in recognition of management of the School of Nursing at FCHS, Abu Dhabi and GU capacity building project in the region
  • NZ Public Sector MDC Fellowship for Senior Public Servants, 2000
    The MDC Fellowship is the top Public Sector Award for development of staff to CEO level.
  • Northland Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence in Community Servicing, 2000
  • Manawatu Business Woman of the Year, 1992
    Awarded in recognition of the introduction of quality business disciplines and achievement of business growth in the ITP sector
  • Award of Merit for Exceptional Commitment to Extramural Teaching, 1991
    Awarded by the Massey University Extramural Students Society
  • Award of Merit for Exceptional Teaching in the Delivery of Extramural Courses, 1990


  • Doctor of Business Administration, Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia, 2007
    Thesis title: “From Policy to Practice: The New Zealand Experience in the Implementation of Partnership-based Local Development Policy.” (Specialization in Regional Development & Capacity Building)
  • Master of Applied Management (Nursing), University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia, 2015
  • Graduate Diploma of Company Directorship, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD,) 2010 
  • Master of Health Service Management, Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia, 1999
  • Master of Educational Administration (1st Class Honours), Massey University, New Zealand, 1992
      Thesis title: “Management Perspectives of the Second Level Nurse.”
  • Certificate of Proficiency (Business Studies), Massey University, New Zealand, 1990
  • Trained Tutors Certificate, Central Institute of Technology, New Zealand, 1990
  • Bachelor of Education, Massey University, New Zealand, 1988
  • Registered Midwife, Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand, 1978
  • Registered Nurse, Rotorua Hospital, Rotorua, New Zealand, 1977 with current license

Areas of expertise

Industry experience, affiliations and achievements

Research activity

Sharon’s research interests focus on:

  • Workforce capacity building including nursing, midwifery and health professional capacity development 
  • Competency-based education & training
  • Partnership-based public policy with health sector applications in collaborative care 

Her research interests are supported by her Professorial with the School of Medicine at Griffith University and as an Associate of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, UK.

Select publications

Peer-reviewed manuscripts 

  1. Mwansisya T.E, Mbekenga C, Isangula K, Mwasha L, Pallangyo E, Edwards G, Orwa J, Mantel M, Mugerwa M, Subi L, Mrema S, Siso D, Selestine E, Temmerman M & Brownie S (2020 in-press). Validation of Training Need Assessment Questionnaire among Health Care Workers in Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health Care in Low-Income Countries. Europe BMC Plus.
  2. Brownie, S., Gatimu, S. M., Kambo, I., Mwizerwa, J. & Ndirangu, E (2020 in-press). Stakeholders' expectations of nursing graduates following completion of a work-study upskilling programme. Africa Journal of Nursing & Midwifery.
  3. Gathara, D., Zosi, G. S., Nzinga, J., Murphy, G., Jackson, D., Brownie, S. & English, M. (2020). Developing metrics for nursing quality of care for low and middle-income countries; literature scoping review linked to stakeholder engagement. Human Resources for Health.  
  4. Siaity Pallangyo, E., Msoka, A.C., Brownie, S. & Holroyd, E. (2020). Against God's will, social pressure, and stigma: Rural women's beliefs about vasectomies in a low-income setting in Pwani. PLOS One.
  5. Omondi, G. B., Gathara, D., Murphy, G., Jackson, D. Brownie, S. & English, M. (2020). Informal Task Sharing Practices in Inpatient Newborn Settings in a Low Income Setting – A Task Analysis Approach. Nursing Open, Vol 7, No 3, pp 869-878.  
  6. Copestake, J., Theuss, M., Brownie, S., Davies, G., Burke, E., Mukuru, M., Kyakuwaire, H. & Edwards, G. (2020). Recently graduated midwives in Uganda: Self-perceived achievement, wellbeing and work prospects. Midwifery. Vol 82. 
  7. English, M., Gathara, D. Nzinga, J., Jackson, D., Brownie, S., Murphy, G., Jones, C. & McKnight, J. (2020). Lessons from a Health Policy and Systems Research programme exploring the quality and coverage of newborn care in Kenya. BMC Global Health. Vol 5, No 1. 
  8. Msoka, A. C., Siaity Pallangyo, E., Brownie, S. & Holroyd, E. (2019). Challenges to the male role as "king of their family": A qualitative study exploring rural men's beliefs about vasectomies as a means of family planning. African Journal of Nursing and Midwifery. Vol 21, No 2. 
  9. Rossiter, R., Cooper, J. L., Marjei, S. & Brownie, S. (2019). Case-based Insights: Arab Muslim mothers' experiences of managing a child newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Sage Open Nursing. Vol 5, pp 1-12.  
  10. Brunton, M., Cook, C., Kuzemski, D., Brownie, S., & Thirlwall, A. (2019). Internationally Qualified Nurse Communication: A Qualitative Cross-Country Study. Journal of Clinical Nursing. Vol 28, No 19-20.
  11. Gathara, D. Brownie, S., Murphy, G., Jackson, D. & English, M. (2019). Missed Nursing Care in New-born Units: A cross-sectional direct observational study. BMC Quality and Safety.
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  12. Msoka, A. C., Siaity Pallangyo, E., Mbekenga, C., Brownie, S. & Holroyd, E. (2019). My husband will love me more if I give birth to more children: Rural women's perceptions and beliefs on family planning services utilization in a low resource setting. International Journal of African Nursing Sciences. Vol 10, pp 152-158.
  13. Al-Yateem, N., Altimi, M. Brenner, M., Altawhil, H., Ahmad, A., & Brownie, S. (2019). Research Priorities identified by Working Nurses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). BMC Health Services Research. Vol 19, No 77 doi: 10.1186/s12913-019-3888-5 
  14. Brownie, S., Gatimu, S. M. Wahedna, A. H Kambo, I., & Ndirangu, E., (2019). Assessing the impact of a partnership-based work/study nursing upgrade programme in a low and middle-income setting. Journal of Clinical Nursing. Vol 28, No 1-2, pp 209-220.
  15. Brownie, S., Docherty, C., Al-Yateem, N., Gadallah, M. & Rossiter, R. (2018). Developing a National Competency-based Curriculum for Technical Nurses in Egypt. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal. Vol 24, No 9, pp 922-932. 
  16. Brownie, S., Crisp, L. & Wahedna, A. H. (2018). Nursing as a Pathway to Women's Empowerment and Intergenerational Mobility. Journal of Clinical Nursing. Vol 27, No 21-22, pp 4050-4057.
  17. Vinayak, S. & Brownie S. (2018). Collaborative task-sharing to enhance the Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) access among expectant women in Kenya: The role of midwife sonographers. Journal of Interprofessional Care. Vol 32, No 5, pp 641-644. Journal of Interprofessional Care.
  18. Edwards, G. Kyakuwaire, H. & Brownie, S. (2018). Developing a Work/Study Programme for Midwifery Education in East Africa. Midwifery. Vol 59, pp 74-79.
  19. Brownie, S. (2018). The Economic Impact of Nursing. Editorial, Journal of Clinical Nursing. Vol 27, No 21-22, pp 3825-3826. 
  20. Brownie, S., Rossiter, R., Hamad, A. & Aqtash, S. (2017). The Role and Value of Nurses in Care Provision: Views and expectations of Emirati Nationals in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, UAE. Journal of Hospital Administration. Vol 6, No 6. 
  21. Mwizerwa, J., Robb, W., Namukwaya, C., Namuguzi, M. & Brownie, S. (2017). Improving Response Rates to an Alumni Survey in East Africa.  Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal.  Vol 4, No, 20, pp 1-9.
  22. Mbuthia, G., Holroyd, E. & Brownie, S. (2017). 'My Hands are Tied:' Nurses Perception of Organizational Culture in Kenyan Private Hospitals. Journal of Hospital Administration, Vol 6, No, 6, pp 1-7.
  23. Al-Yateem, N., Al-Tamimi, M., Brenner, M., Altawil, H., Ahmad, A., & Brownie, S. (2018). Research priorities for specialized nursing practice in the United Arab Emirates.  International Nursing Review. Vol 65, No 3 pp 381-391.
  24. Aqtash, S., Robb, W., Brownie, S. &, Hunter, L. (2017). Self-Assessed Level of Competence of Experienced Expatriate Nurses in Rural and Remote Settings.  Sage Open Nursing. Vol 3.
  25. Isangula, K., Brownie, S., Mahimbo A., Kibona, S., Juma, A., Mogela, D., (2016). Blood, Donors and Dollars: Rethinking financial sustainability of blood services in Tanzania. Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health. Vol 5, No 4, pp 1-7.
  26. Brownie, S., Scott, R. & Rossiter, R. (2016) Therapeutic Communication and Relationships in Chronic & Complex Care. Nursing Standard. Vol 31, No 6, pp 54-61.
  27. Brownie, S. & Owyer, E. (2016). Mental Health Professionals in Kenya: Strategies to Expand Reach and Reduce Brain Drain. BJPysch International, Vol 13, No 3, pp 55-58. 
  28. Brownie, S., Aqtash S., Hunter, L. & Day, G. (2015). Establishing Policy Foundations and Regulatory Systems to Enhance Nursing Practice in the United Arab Emirates. Journal of Nursing Policy, Politics & Practice. Vol 16, No 1-2, pp 38-50. 
  29. Brownie, S., Williams, G., Barnewall, K., Bishaw, S., Cooper, J.L., Robb, N., Younis, N. & Kuzemski, D. (2015). Pedagogy and Culture: An Educational Initiative in Supporting UAE Nursing Graduates Prepare for a High-stakes Nurse Licensing Examination. International Journal of Higher Education. Vol 4, No 1, pp 200-216. 
  30. Isangula, K., Holmes, A. & Brownie, S. (2015). HIV Testing for PMTCT in Tanzania: Time to move from 'Voluntary' to 'Mandatory'? Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal. Vol 2, No 2, pp 131-138.
  31. Brownie, S. (2015). New Traditions in Middle Eastern Hospitality. Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. Vol 3, No 4, pp 30. 
  32. Brownie, S. (2015). I'll have what they're having. Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. Vol 3, No 4.  
  33. Rossiter, R. & Brownie, S. (2015). Difficult and frustrating? Caring for those with chronic and complex conditions. American Nurse Today, Vol 10, No 2.
  34. Cooper, J. L., Marjei, S., Rossiter, R. & Brownie, S. (2014). Qualitative Research: A pathway to gain an understanding of UAE mothers' experiences and perceptions of managing a child newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. International Journal of Diabetes and Clinical Research. Vol 1, No 2, pp 1-3.
  35. Bonacaro, A., Williams, G. & Brownie S. (2014). Teaching Basic Life Support to the Digital Generation. CONNECT: The World of Critical Care Nursing, Vol 9, No 3, pp 100-104.
  36. Brownie, S., Hills, A. P., & Rossiter, R. (2014). Primary Health service options for affordable and accessible non- communicable disease and related chronic disease prevention and management. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare. Vol 7, pp 543–549.
  37. Hunter, L. H., Robb, W. F. & Brownie, S. (2014). The "secret" impact of population statistics on the metrics of Diabetes in the UAE. Journal of Diabetes Metabolic Disorders & Control. Vol 1, No 4, pp1-24.
  38. Brownie, S. & Thomas, J. (2014). A single competency-based education & training and competency-based career framework for the Australian health workforce: Discussing the potential value add. International Journal of Health Policy & Management. Vol 3, No 4 pp 1-7.
  39. Frakes, K-A., Brownie, S., Davis, L., Thomas, J., Miller, M. & Tyack, Z. (2014) Capricornia Allied Health Partnership (CAHP): A case study of an innovative model of care addressing chronic disease through a regional student- assisted clinic. Australian Health Review. Vol 38, No 5, pp 438-486, doi 10.1071/AH13177.
  40. Hills, AP, Mokhtar, N., Brownie S. & Byrne, N. M. (2014). Childhood obesity in Asia: the value of accurate body composition methodology. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vol 23, No 3 doi 10.6133/apjcn.2014.23.3.07.
  41. Isangula, K. & Brownie, S. (2014). The leaking pocket: The implicit struggle for skilled Health workers between private not-for-profit and public sector in Tanzania. Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal. Vol 1, No 5, pp 70-74.
  42. Frakes, K-A., Brownie, S., Davis, L., Thomas, J., Miller, M. & Tyack, Z. (2014). Experiences from an Interprofessional Allied-assisted Chronic Disease Clinic. Journal of Interprofessional Care (JIC). Vol. 28, No. 6, Pages 573-575, doi 10.3109/13561820.2014.917404.
  43. Brownie, S., Hunter, L, Robb, W, Rossiter, R., Hills, A., Aljunaibi, A. & Hag-Ali, M. (2014.) Diabetes in Abu Dhabi, UAE:  Valid data sets essential for health service planning. Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. Vol 2, No 7, doi 10.1016/S2213-8587(14)70025-7.
  44. Brownie, S. (2014). The Changing Role of Nursing: Opportunities for nurse-led services in the management of chronic disease & diabetes in the UAE. Arab Health. Show Issue, pp 24-26.
  45. Soan, E., Street, S., Brownie, S., & Hills, A. (2014). Exercise Physiologists: essential players in interdisciplinary teams for non-communicable chronic disease management. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare. Vol 7, pp 65-68.
  46. Brownie, S., Thomas, J., McAllister, L. & Groves, M. (2014). Australian Health Reforms: Enhancing interprofessional practice and competency within the health workforce. Journal of Interprofessional Care (JIC) special issue Workplace Learning in Continuing Interprofessional Education.
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  47. Gary, D., & Brownie, S. (2014). Rising to the Challenge: Nursing leadership via nurse-led service provision for chronic disease management and prevention. Nursing and Health, Vol 2, No 2, pp 30-34.
  48. Brownie, S., Lebogo, N. & Hag-Ali, M. (2014). Health Care for All: Building a Public Health Workforce to Achieve the UAE 2021 Vision for Health. Arab Health, May issue.
  49. Kuipers, P., Brownie, S. & Ehrlich, C. (2014). Responding to health care complexity through integrated and interprofessional workplace learning. Journal of Interprofessional Care (JIC) Vol 28, No 3, pp 246-8.
  50. Kuipers, P., Kendall, E., Ehrlich, C, McIntyre, M., Barber, L., Masters, D., Kendall, M., Kuipers, K., & Brownie, S. (2013). Complexity in healthcare: Implications for clinical education. Focus on Health Professional Education, Vol 15, No 2, p4-16.
  51. Frakes K, Brownie S, Davies L, Thomas J, Miller M & Tyack Z (2013). The socio-demographic and health-related characteristics of a regional population with chronic disease at an interprofessional student assisted clinic in Queensland: Capricornia Allied Health Partnership. Australian Journal of Rural Health. Vol 21, Issue 2, pp 97-104.
  52. Rachel Jenkins, Robert Kydd, Paul Mullen, Kenneth Thomson, James Sculley, Susan Kuper, Joanna Carroll, Oye Gureje, Simon Hatcher, Sharon Brownie, Christopher Carroll, Sheila Hollins, Mai Luen Wong (2010). International migration of doctors, and its impact on availability of psychiatrists in low and middle income countries. PloS ONE 5(2):e9049.
  53. Brownie, S. & Freidin, J. (2009). RANZCP Experiences in establishing and progressing an externally focused mental health policy and partnership agenda. Australasian Psychiatry, Vol 17, No 2 pp 82-89.

Book chapters and ISBN reports 

  1. Davies, G., Burke, E., Edwards, G., Theuss, M. & Brownie, S. (2020). QuIP Report on effect of the Aga Khan University BSc Midwifery degree on the lives of graduate midwives in Uganda. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Aga Khan University in East Africa. ISBN 978-9966-133-09-0.
  2. Brownie, S., Pallangyo, E., Mathu, Y., Muraguri, M. & Mwizerwa, J. (2018). Nurses and Midwives: Leaders in Healthcare in East Africa. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Aga Khan University, Nairobi, Kenya.  ISBN 978-9966-820-59-4.
  3. Siaity-Pallangyo, S., Wilton-Steer, C. Mathu, Y. & Brownie, S. (2018). Zanzibar: Nurses and Midwives Transforming Health. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Aga Khan University, Nairobi, Kenya. ISBN 978-9966-804-41-9.
  4. Crisp, N., Brownie, S. & Refsum, C. (2018). Nursing and Midwifery: the key to the rapid and cost-effective expansion of high-quality Universal Health Coverage. WISH Forum, Doha, Qatar. ISBN 978-1-912865-06-2.
  5. Cooper, J. L. & Brownie, S. (2018). Perspectives of Culture & Chronic Disease in the United Arab Emirates. In Dorman, R, & De Chesnay, M. (Eds.)  Case Studies in Global Health Policy Nursing: Springer.
  6. Brownie, S., Robb, W., Hunter, L., Aliga, C., Kambo, I., Machar, A., Mwizerwa, J., Mutyabule, J., Namuguzi, M., Namukwaya, C., Nderitu, E., Sande, L., Skrzypczynski, V., Vastani, M., & Xavier, M. (2016). Supporting Healthy Futures for East Africa: Celebrating 15 years of partnership in nursing education. School of Nursing and Midwifery in East Africa, Aga Khan University, Nairobi, Kenya. ISBN 978-9966-098-75-7.
  7. Brownie, S. & Holmes, A. (2015). Partnering with Stakeholders. In Day, G. & Leggatt, S (Eds.), Leading and Managing in Healthcare Services: An Australasian Perspective. UK: Cambridge University Press.
  8. Brownie, S. (2015). Program accreditation and professional competencies in health professional education. In Williams, B & Brown T. (Eds.), Evidence-based education: Promoting best practice in the teaching and learning of health professional students. UK: Radcliffe Publishers.
  9. Brownie, S., Thomas, J. & Bahnisch, M. (2012). Listening to our Stakeholders: Analysis of interviews regarding competency-based education and training & competency-based career frameworks. Third report for NHWPRC Projects 4 and 5 regarding frameworks for competency-based education, training and health career frameworks, University of Queensland Node of the Australian Health Workforce Institute in partnership with Health Workforce Australia, Adelaide, Australia. ISBN 978-1-74272-065-4.
  10. Brownie, S., Bahnisch, M. & Thomas, J. (2012) Competency-based Education and Competency-based Career
    Frameworks: Informing Australia health workforce development. Report on NHPRC Projects 4 and 5 regarding frameworks for competency-based education, training and health career frameworks. University of Queensland Node of the Australian Health Workforce Institute in partnership with Health Workforce Australia, Adelaide, Australia. ISBN 978-1-74272-039-5.
  11. Brownie, S., Bahnisch, M. & Thomas, J. (2012) Exploring the Literature: Competency-based Education and Competency-based Career Frameworks: Deliverable fulfilling part of the requirements for NHPRC Projects 4 and 5 regarding frameworks for competency-based education, training and health career frameworks. University of Queensland Node of the Australian Health Workforce Institute in partnership with Health Workforce Australia, Adelaide, Australia. ISBN 978-1-74272-040-1.
  12. Kuipers, P., Kendall, E., Ehrlich, C., McIntyre, M., Barber, L., Amsters, D., Kendall, M., Kuipers, K., Muenchberger, H. & Brownie, S (2011). Complexity and health care: Health practitioner workforce, services, roles, skills and training to respond to patients with complex needs. Brisbane: Clinical Education and Training Queensland, Queensland Health. ISBN 978 1 921707 55 1.
  13. Frakes, KA., Miller, M., Davies, L. A., Swanston, A., & Brownie, S. (2011). The Capricornia Project: Developing and implementing an interprofessional student-assisted allied health clinic.  Brisbane: Clinical Education and Training Queensland (ClinEdQ), Queensland Health. ISBN 978 1 921707 30 8.
  14. Herrman H, Freidin J, Brownie S. (2010). Leadership and Professionalism. In Bhugra D, Malik A (Editors) Professionalism in Mental Health: Experts, Expertise and Expectations. Cambridge University. ISBN-13: 978-0521131766.
  15. Brownie, S. (2009) Partnership-based Local Policy Development: The New Zealand Experience. VDM Verlag
    Publishing: Saarbrücken, Germany.  ISBN-13: 978-3639144550.
  16. Grealy, C, Rintoul, D, Olver, K, Power, B, Weston, G, Smith, K, Bedford, L, Keevy, N, Brownie, S, Elkadi, S, Colella, S, Thomas, J, Temple, R, & Shepherd, R. (2008) Environmental Scan Component of the Mental Health Professionals' Association Multidisciplinary Training Resource Program Final Report, Urbis prepared for RANZCP, Melbourne.

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