Professor White’s distinguished career has seen her at the frontiers of major change in nursing education, policy and regulation, with her work having had a significant impact at state, national and international levels. In 2011, she was awarded Member of the Order of Australia Medal (AM) in the Australia Day Honours list for services to nursing and midwifery.
Professor White helped develop one of the first university nursing programs in Australia and chaired Australia’s largest health professional regulatory body. She was the inaugural Chair of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council, which helps to protect the health and safety of the Australian community by establishing high-quality standards of nursing and midwifery education, training and assessment.
Professor White officially retired in March 2018 from the University of Sydney where she had been Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery. She has been awarded the prestigious life-time title Professor Emerita in recognition of her contributions.