10 September 2009: Australian Catholic University's (ACU) Brisbane Campus has launched its newest degree, the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.
Bishop Brian Finnigan blesses the Peter W Sheehan building
Professor Greg Craven, Professor Pauline Nugent and Bishop Brian Finnigan at the unveiling of the plaque
The four-year full-time degree will meet a growing need for workers in the healthcare industry and will be offered by the University's Faculty of Health Sciences in 2010.
Professor Pauline Nugent, Dean of Health Sciences, said the course would produce graduates who excel in applying the principles of physiotherapy, are ethical in their practice and independent learners.
"ACU chooses to focus on areas of teaching and research that are closely connected with its particular character as a university that is Catholic, and that is public and national," she said. "One of these is health, with a particular emphasis on the value of care, especially of the weak and vulnerable."
Bishop Brian Finnigan opened and blessed the Peter W. Sheehan Building at the launch, attended by more than 100 guests from local schools, Catholic organisations, leading healthcare providers and the University itself.
Named after the University's former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter W Sheehan AO, the building will accommodate students of physiotherapy, health sciences, exercise science, midwifery, paramedicine and nursing.
To apply for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy course go to QTAC.