6 October 2008: Following the announcement of an additional 50 Commonwealth-supported nursing and early childhood education places for Australian Catholic University's Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo) in 2009, Federal Treasurer the Honourable Mr Wayne Swan MP visited the University on Monday 6 October.
“The extra 30 nursing places aim to take the pressure off hospitals in our local community, while the extra 20 early childhood positions will help meet increased demand for qualified early childhood education teachers,” said Mr Swan.
Mr Swan spoke with staff and students at the campus, in addition to inspecting the development site of a new Health Sciences building.
Australian Catholic University (ACU) is the largest provider of graduate nurses in Australia and has recently expanded its offerings to include undergraduate degrees in Midwifery and Paramedicine. The University also intends to continue to grow, with plans to introduce Exercise Science and Physiotherapy at the Brisbane Campus in the near future.
“The University has had a strong commitment to quality health care over many years and is continuing to develop infrastructure so that it can play its part in meeting the ever-expanding health care needs of Queenslanders,“ said Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Quality and Engagement) Professor O’Gorman.
Mr Swan also met with Indigenous staff and students, in light of the recently awarded $60,000 from the Australian Government’s Whole of School Intervention strategy for Building a Foundation – Literacy and Numeracy Cluster Program. The program aims to enhance literacy and numeracy outcomes for Indigenous children in the early years of schooling.
ACU is a leading provider of Indigenous education, receiving a 5 star rating for Indigenous participation from the Good Universities Guide 2009.
Australian Catholic University (ACU) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.