It’s been a busy year so far with new course development, course reviews, internationalisation & community engagement at the centre of activity. I expect it will only get busier in 2014 with the addition of several disciplines to the Faculty as a result of the Futures Project.
New undergraduate and postgraduate courses on offer for 2014 include three dual degrees; Bachelor of Applied Public Health/Bachelor of Global Studies, Bachelor of Exercise Science/Bachelor of Business Administration and the Bachelor of Exercise Science/Bachelor of Public Health. These dual degrees align well with the University’s goal to support multi-disciplinary offerings for the attraction and retention of students across faculties. In addition, two new Masters Courses will be offered, the Master of High Performance Sport and the Master of Mental Health for health professionals (with a specialisation in Nursing). These Masters degrees will be key planks in the Faculty’s postgraduate strategy with development underway of a Master of Rehabilitation and the Master of Paramedicine for offer in 2015. Course Reviews are almost complete for the Masters of Nursing (Practice Inquiry) and the Masters by Research degrees.
Another focus over the past year has been to take a Faculty wide approach to growing community engagement as part of the Core Curriculum. I’ve been working closely with IACE and the schools to develop a Faculty strategy to cement our commitment to building partnerships with key agencies. I am pleased to report collaboration for engagement with St Vincent’s Health Australia beyond clinical placements is under discussion. A visit to East Timor in July presented opportunities to meet with staff in potential partner organisations. There is a very real need for mutual engagement in East Timor and I will continue to work with the Schools to develop a strategic approach to developing partnerships there.
A visit to Hong Kong, Taiwan and China in May has also yielded opportunities to grow relationships in the region. Locally, ACU Brisbane recently hosted a successful study tour with four Masters students from Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan. Two Nursing Professors from Peking University are also guests in Brisbane. Later this month, the Cardiovascular Nursing Non Award Program with Tongji University, Shanghai, China will commence. Asia Bound grant success for FHS student mobility in 2014 will enhance opportunities to collaborate in the region.
I’ve also recently been collaborating on course governance matters with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in the realignment of Faculties brought as a result of the Futures Project. Fine tuning of the new Faculty structure is continuing and will be in place for the commencement of Semester 1 2014.
As the year draws closer to conclusion, I’d like to thank FHS colleagues for their professionalism and contributions. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas break and look forward to working with you in 2014.