ACU professor among the nation's best

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

18 September 2009: Professor Pauline Nugent, Dean of Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University (ACU), has been named a finalist in the Telstra Business Womens Awards in the Community and Government sector.

Professor Pauline Nugent Professor Pauline Nugent

A mother of two, Professor Nugent joined the Universitys Melbourne Campus in 2007 and rapidly championed major changes - increasing the number of courses, research activities and employees in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

There were only three professors when she arrived 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 was nominated by her 27-year-old daughter for this years Telstra award, and said it was both a surprise and an honour.

Being nominated by my daughter was a thrill but even more so to simply be a finalist, she said.During my career I have considered it important to establish effective education and research collaborations between universities and the health industry to improve patient outcomes and service delivery."

Professor Nugent said it was these collaborations, along with building strong teams, which were the reason for her success at ACU.

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.

Winners of the Telstra Business Womens Awards will be announced on October 6. Now in its 15th year, the awards recognise the achievements of women in business of all types and sizes, with more than 400 business women recognized since its inception in 1995.