School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
The national School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine formed in 2011 from the amalgamation of ACU's state-based Schools. It has the largest intake of nursing students in Australia.
Nursing was initially offered by the NSW Catholic College of Education in 1985 and has been a cornerstone of Australian Catholic University since its formation in 1991. The introduction of midwifery in 2001 was followed by Paramedicine in 2007. The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine now spans five campuses (Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and North Sydney).
Specialist facilities include the Health Simulation Centre, a simulation-based learning environment where students develop and consolidate clinical skills and knowledge in a variety of simulated healthcare settings including in-hospital and community environments. Students develop an understanding of professional practice by participating in activities and with technologies used in current practice to better prepare students as they move beyond the campus for clinical placements and patient care.
High staff:student ratio
Small classes and low student-to-patient ratios allow plenty of opportunity for students at all campuses to develop their clinical skills and receive guidance from experienced staff. Students can also book practice rooms in the Health Simulation Centre.
The ACU Health Simulation Centre uses an extensive range of approaches to learning and teaching health. Task trainers are used to learn and practice individual skills. Computerised manikins enable the replication of physical signs found in people presenting with alterations in health. High tech manikins enable students to learn about critical events such as anaphylaxis, post-partum haemorrhage and multi-trauma management. Skills such as communication and rapport building are consolidated through the use of actor-based simulation.