The Faculty appointed an International Coordinator, Teresa Klose in late August. Teresa is based at the Faculty Office at North Sydney and has already made significant contributions to the administration of the Faculty's increasing international activities. For example, this year FHS student Short Term Mobility activity increased by 53% from 2014, with almost 250 students participating in international experiences across a number of countries. New opportunities for student learning this year are available with Makerere University in Uganda, the Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Chile and two Social Work students completed professional practice placements with Rajagiri College in India.
The Faculty is offering HLSC120 Society Culture and Health and HLSC220 Health Care Ethics at the University’s new Rome Centre over the coming summer vacation, adjacent to the University offering of the Core at the Centre after Christmas. With generous travel scholarships from the University, students from most health disciplines have the opportunity to participate in this new international experience.
In addition to outgoing student activity, there have also been incoming short term activities including University leaders from China, visiting scholars and groups of students from our partner universities. For example, students from Catholic University of America (CUA) and Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile were hosted by the School of Nursing Midwifery and Paramedicine, Melbourne this year. Students from CUA will be joining FHS students in Rome for the unit HLSC120 Society Culture and Health as part of their 2016 semester exchange program.
These activities are a result of hard work by academic and professional staff of the Faculty and positive relationships with our international partners.
The new Master and Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing were granted Provisional Accreditation for 3 years. The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy was accredited by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia for 5 years. Well done to all involved.
A number of new course proposals were approved by Senate for introduction in Semester 1 2016:
Bachelor of Psychological Science / Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Applied Public Health
Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Business Administration
Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Exercise Science
Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport Leadership
Graduate Certificate Performance Analysis
The Master of Public Health and Master of Public Health (Global Health and Advocacy) suite including Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma exit points will commence in Semester 2 and the Graduate Certificate in Global Health will be introduced in 2018.
The new Bachelor of Science course proposal is progressing well, and was recently approved by the University Course Concepts Approval Committee.
Faculty efforts to increase midyear enrolments this year were successful with targets exceeded by approximately 60%.
Linda James, our Course Governance Officer in Melbourne has sadly left us to take up a position much closer to home. We are currently in the process of finding a replacement, who will likely commence in the new year.