6 October 2009: Professor Pauline Nugent, Dean of Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University (ACU), has been named 2009 Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year.
The mother of two was recognised for rapidly championing major changes after joining the Universitys Melbourne Campus in 2007 by increasing the number of courses, research activities and employees in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
She also took out top honours in the Community and Government category for demonstrating passion and enthusiasm in her role.
Telstra Business Women's Awards ambassador Holly Kramer said Pauline demonstrated all the qualities of an astute leader.
"The judges commented that Pauline has a natural ability to develop a strategic vision and engage others to help her deliver it."
When Professor Nugent arrived at the University there were only three professors, and there are now 12 in this growing area for ACU. Industry jointly funds eight of the new teaching positions, in large part thanks to Paulines commitment to working closely with all areas of health.
Professor Nugent also established the National Centre for Clinical Outcomes Research, a collaborative research centre linking ACU with other universities and healthcare providers in Australia and overseas. The Centre is aimed at improving clinical outcomes for patients and clients and has received more than $1.4 million in funding from industry.
Professor Nugent has been a member of the Board of Southern Health, Victorias largest Health Service, since 2000 and has more than 20 years experience in the health industry, tertiary institutions and health governance.
In 2004, she was appointed by the Governor in Council as Chairman of the Board for Southern Health. Under her Chairmanship, Southern Health has substantially improved its financial position while meeting the majority of its quality and performance indicators.
Professor Nugent will now progress to the national finals of the awards.