ACU (Australian Catholic University)

ACU Alum

Issue 2, Winter 2012

In the media

The story of Australia’s other stolen generation
Marie Claire
Thursday, 1 March 2012

From the 1940s until the early 1980s, more than 150,000 young and unwed Australian women were forced by churches and state authorities to give up their babies for adoption.

“When these babies were born, it was common practice to forcibly push the mother’s face down with a pillow so she never saw or held the child, who was immediately taken away,” says Shurlee Swain, a history lecturer at ACU, who is currently overseeing an Australian Research Council project documenting the shameful practice.

Nursing beats medicine in stroke survival
The Sydney Morning Herald
Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Rigorous nursing care can improve survival after a stroke even more than clot-busting medicines, landmark Sydney research has found.

When nurses concentrated on controlling patients' high temperatures and blood sugar according to strict protocols, and on making sure they were able to swallow, they reduced the chance the person would either have died, or be totally dependent, three months later by 16 per cent said the study leader, Sandy Middleton, director of the Nursing Research Institute at the Australian Catholic University and St Vincents Mater Health.

University gets top marks for opportunity, family values
The Australian
Friday, 25 November 2011

During her one-year paid maternity leave, Sarah Ajaka fell pregnant for a second time and was hesitant about breaking the news to her employer. "I was petrified to tell work I was pregnant again, but my boss was so excited for me, says Ms Ajaka, 33,who has worked for the Australian Catholic University since 1997.

Not all workplaces are as forward thinking as ACU in their policies for women. The university… was recently announced as a winner in the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) Business Achievement Awards.

Sacked staff win upper hand
The Australian Financial Review
Tuesday, 13 March 2012

The success rate for employees taking arbitrated unfair-dismissal claims under Labor’s Fair Work Act is running at 51 per cent as claims rise to about 17,000 per year, according to new academic research.

The research by Professor Oslington, of the Australian Catholic University, and an assistant professor of economics at the University of Canberra, Benoit Freyens, compared unfair-dismissal data under the last three major versions of workplace law.

Creating solid career foundations
The Age
Monday, 21 November 2011

There is more to business than suits and salaries. For Pippa Hallas, now CEO of Ella Bach, the business world offered an appealing diversity.

“I knew I wanted to do something creative, but also commercial,” Ms Hallas says. To lay the foundations, Ms Hallas decided on a degree course at the Australian Catholic University.

“My decision to go to ACU was based on the university being quite small, which gave me the opportunity to get to know people well, and establish some deep relationships that I still have today.”

More students at universities
Courier Mail
Friday, 2 March 2012

The number of student places at Australian universities has increased by more than a quarter since 2007.

Just over half a million new students will start at universities in 2012, with places at the Australian Catholic University's multiple campuses increasing by 94 per cent.

Tertiary Education Minister Chris Evans attributes the 27 per cent increase to the Government's decision to uncap places.

New Calvary school
The Canberra Times
Thursday, 14 February 2012

Australian Catholic University nursing and health students will be exposed to new career opportunities after yesterday's opening of the Calvary clinical school. The school is a partnership between Calvary Health Care ACT and the ACU and aims to provide students with clinical placements in Calvary's public and private hospitals. 

Graduates of the university's inaugural bachelor of nursing and bachelor of paramedicine double-degree course will be eligible for registration as a nurse and work as an accredited paramedic. It is the first time a paramedic degree has been offered in the ACT.

Student nurse lucky to be alive
The Courier (Ballarat)
Monday, 6 February 2012

Australian Catholic University Ballarat student James Burke has always wanted to help fight diseases in tropical areas, but he got more than he bargained for on a recent trip to Uganda when he came down with malaria.

The second-year nursing and paramedicine student travelled to Uganda on his own to assist health services in the country, offering to work as a volunteer in several regional and rural hospitals and ambulance services.

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