|Teaching and Learning Coordinator Associate Professor Susan Young|
Welcome to all our students and colleagues for 2012. It promises to be another busy year and we are all looking forward to achieving great outcomes for students, staff and the School.
Over the last two years we have been very busy implementing a number of new postgraduate programs. This year we continue this expansion with the introduction of the Aged Care Management field of study
. This field of study has been developed in response to industry demand and is reflective of the recommendations in the Commonwealth Governments Productivity Commission Inquiry into Aged Care (January 2011). The development of this new field of study has been undertaken by Dr Anthony Tuckett
, with the assistance of Associate Professor Deborah Parker
. Dr Anthony Tuckett
will continue to coordinate this program of study.
We have also commenced the Graduate Certificate
and Master of Midwifery
. These programs have been designed to enable existing registered midwives to further develop their midwifery practice in Advanced Midwifery Practice
or Complex Midwifery Care
. These programs provide a postgraduate pathway for graduates of a Bachelor of Midwifery program.
The School’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
program is continuing to expand. The first calendar of activities was implemented in Semester 2, 2011 with favourable responses from both industry and individual professionals. The School now has a diverse range of CPD options available
. The CPD Business Manager, Lindy Humphreyes-Reid has also received commissions from industry health care providers for a number of CPD courses to be delivered on site. This option is available to any interested party. For further discussion on this opportunity, please contact the School
Enrolments have been promising in all programs for 2012. With numbers across all undergraduate and postgraduate programs continuing to indicate considerable growth.
The Master of Nursing Studies (Graduate Entry)
program is entering its third year and has experienced continued strong demand. The Princess Alexandra Hospital is our new clinical site this year and promises to provide a valuable learning environment for our students. In addition to this third clinical site; two student cohorts have also been allocated to The Wesley Hospital.
The school appreciates the support of all our clinical partners as we endeavour to fulfil the clinical placement requirements of our program.
The School would like to farewell Pauline Varghese. Pauline was the inaugural Program Director for the Master of Nursing Studies (Graduate Entry) program and has been intimately involved in all aspects of the development and implementation of the program. We wish Pauline all the best in her future endeavours.
We are pleased to welcome new staff to the Teaching and Learning team. Helen Bodell (TWH) and Diane Collins (SAWM) join Cathy Carmody (TWH) as Clinical Lecturers in the Master of Nursing Studies. Anita Noffke has joined the BN program as clinical support for the Mater clinical school.
The accreditation of four of the entry to practice programs i.e. Master of Nurse Practitioner Studies; Bachelor of Midwifery; Bachelor of Nursing and the Bachelor of Midwifery/ Bachelor of Nursing Dual Degree have been scheduled for renewal over the next 12 months. The School has been actively preparing multiple submissions to illustrate how the programs continue to fulfil the requirements for registration as a nurse and/or midwife or Nurse Practitioner. Thus far and we are delighted to announce a five year accreditation for the Master of Nurse Practitioner Studies
. The remaining programs will continue to progress through the accreditation review stages with an anticipated outcome in the latter part of 2012.