The 2014 trend of increased student international mobility continues this year, with plans for almost 200 FHS students to participate in international experiences this year, with 75% of these being from the School of Nursing Midwifery and Paramedicine. Three successful travel grants from the Federal Government’s New Colombo Plan will support 30 students, in addition to the final round Asia Bound grants. Next month Schools will have an opportunity to contribute to the Faculty’s submission for student mobility grants for 2016. There have been recent visits by international guests from the School of Nursing at VIA University in Denmark, and Huddersfield University, UK. Thanks to Professor Mary Courtney and the School for hosting these visits and fostering new study abroad agreements. The upcoming midyear conference of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) will present opportunities for furthering relationships with key Catholic university partners.
New course development and review continues, including the proposed introduction of double degrees for the recently introduced Bachelor of Biomedical Science with Law, Business and Public Health. Course reviews in psychology, counselling, social work and physiotherapy are progressing, with a proposal for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy to be offered at the Ballarat campus from 2017 being prepared. The recent review of the Bachelor of Exercise and Health Science has resulted in a revised course title Bachelor of Health and Physical Activity and refined course structure. There is also a proposal for a new double degree Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Exercise Science being developed. The School of Exercise Science received funding to introduce two new Graduate Certificates from 2016: Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport Leadership and Graduate Certificate in Performance Analysis. The Faculty’s new postgraduate mental health nursing course was reviewed recently as a pilot for the new course accreditation standards of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. The graduate diploma is the minimum qualification in the criteria for credentialing as a Mental Health Nurse. The review included a site visit with interviews of staff, students and industry partners. Thanks to the mental health team across the campuses and Faculty Administrator Linda James for a very successful process. We await confirmation of the outcome, which is likely to be positive, based on feedback from the assessment panel.
The Faculty has met most enrolment targets in the first semester, with the new 4 year Bachelor of Social Work commencing with milestone enrolments in Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane. The faculty is also planning midyear enrolments in a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses with some new offerings including the Bachelor of Biomedical Science. Thanks to those who assisted with preparing midyear commencing program maps for the course enrolment guides.
ANZAC Centenary Celebrations
The Faculty is supporting the Defence Service Nurses RSL Sub Branch Queensland and the Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses in planning the Nurses Memorial Candlelight Vigil on Anzac Eve, Friday 24th April 2015 in Anzac Square. His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland will give an address commemorating the service of nurses through the various conflicts, especially as we commemorate the First World War. This event is supported by the Queensland Government and my office has been working in consultation with the Anzac Centenary Coordination Unit, Department of Premier and Cabinet and Nursing organisations to plan this event. A number of BN students from McAuley campus will participate in the vigil, which will also honour Australian nurses who served on the Hospital Ship Centaur which was sunk by a Japanese submarine south of Moreton Island in 1943. The Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses remains active, providing an annual PhD scholarship and recognizing outstanding Bachelor of Nursing graduates in Queensland.