18 June 2008: Expansion at Australian Catholic University's (ACU) Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo) in 2009 will help to deliver leading teachers, nurses, midwives and paramedics into the Queensland work force.
A new building project will provide increased capacity and high quality facilities for nursing, midwifery and paramedicine students, while the introduction of the dual Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Paramedicine degree and the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) will provide alternate pathways for future students.
Head of Nursing and Midwifery (Queensland) Dr Jennifer Kelly believes that the new facilities will accommodate the growth and development of the School at the Brisbane Campus.
“The building will encompass two new clinical laboratories, a simulated neonatal area, a birthing bed, cardiac monitors and the latest high fidelity simulated mannequin – all facilities that will assist in ACU producing health carers of the highest possible standard,” said Dr Kelly.
ACU Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Quality and Engagement) Professor John O’Gorman is proud of the University’s ability to provide health carers throughout the state.
“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 Professor O’Gorman.
Professor O’Gorman is also looking to the future, with student numbers and facilities at the Brisbane Campus set to increase significantly in the near future, to coincide with the general growth of the northern corridor.
“We currently have over 2500 enrolled students, with our master plan expecting to cater for double that amount as we diversify our course offerings and look at new study areas, including exercise science and allied health”, said Professor O’Gorman.
“With that increase in students, we are dedicated to maintaining the small class sizes, in addition to improving our student facilities and the student experience”, he said.