About our team

QeL2 was formed in November 2014 by two nurses from opposite ends of the country. Each were striving to improve the quality of patient care through teaching best practice to nursing and allied health staff. Both had long recognised their shared passion in equipping health carers with practical information that can be immediately implemented to have a positive impact on patient care. As a team, Tracy & Céline share a vision to challenge leaders and clinicians to stimulate a culture of compassionate care in which the patient is at the centre of all decisions and is truly an active participant in his/her own health care journey. We are committed to spread the patient safety message right across Australia, from the big smoke to the bush – and to share a bit of fun along the way!

Tracy Nowicki, Clinical Nurse Consultant

Tracy is part of an enthusiastic team at a major metropolitan hospital in Brisbane, Queensland.

Her department specialises in coordination of equipment, pressure & falls injury prevention and management, care of the bariatric patient, intravenous medication safety and quality risk management across the 600 bed tertiary hospital. A significant focus of Tracy’s role is to bring innovation to the development of central equipment management to ensure optimal patient outcomes.

Tracy is an animated and well sought after presenter who has shared her passion and expertise on Bariatrics, Pressure Injury Prevention, Standardising Skin Care, Equipment Management and Bed Safety in publications and presentations across Australia and internationally. In 2012 Tracy opened, chaired and presented at Australia’s first National Pressure Injury Pressure Conference.

Being conversant in Pressure Injury Prevention best practise has seen Tracy involved in the development of Queensland Health guidelines and specialist supplements. She joined other Australian experts on the Guideline Development Steering Committee for the first Pan Pacific Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Injury. Tracy has recently been on the review committee for the global 2014 Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcer Guidelines.

She believes in fun through learning and looking at new horizons of how we do business

Céline Melican, Nurse Educator

RN, BN, GradCertAdvNurs, AdvDipBus(Mgt), CertIV OHS, CertIV AWT

Céline recently spent a few years educating nurses in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, but still considers herself to be a rural nurse.   After graduating from the last training school at The Geelong Hospital she headed back closer to her family home in the northwest of Victoria. Some of the next 25 years of her nursing career have been in major cities, but many more have been spent in small rural health services where she has been instrumental in implementing many sustainable patient safety programs and educating undergraduate and postgraduate health carers on a wide variety of topics.

Whilst contracted for 12 months by Queensland Health’s Patient Safety Unit as a Pressure Ulcer Prevention Clinical Nurse Consultant Céline’s work encompassed a couple of health services in metropolitan Brisbane and a large number of rural and remote hospitals across central Queensland. The small Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program team provided education and advice across the whole state whilst gathering data for the 2008 Queensland Health statewide pressure ulcer prevalence audit.

Céline is adamant that patients deserve the same high quality of care wherever they seek healthcare across Australia. She is a firm believer in the patient and families being fully supported in receiving individualised care in the setting of their choice – including in their own home if they so choose.

Her dynamic education sessions are always designed to equip nurses with information on current best practise in such a way that they can start making positive changes in their workplaces immediately. She endeavours to share valuable resources that can be used by individuals to improve their practice and by leaders to implement sustainable organisation-wide improvements