Deputy Dean Report

Deputy Dean Report

Course matters

Another busy year lies ahead in course development and review. New courses include the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Science commencing Semester 1, 2017 as well as the development of two new graduate certificates by the School of Exercise Science. The Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery are currently under review, with the revised courses to be submitted for accreditation by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council in 2017 and implementation in 2018.

LTC Curriculum Development Workshop

A number of academics from the Faculty attended the recent workshop "Curriculum @ACU" which was provided by LTC and the Directorate of Identity and Mission at Melbourne and North Sydney Campuses. This workshop provided opportunities for staff to consider how to develop learning outcomes aligned with course aims and the University Mission. Resources from the workshop are available on the LTC website.

Accreditation updates

Congratulations to the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine on receiving confirmation of the full accreditation of the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine and the provisional accreditation of the Bachelor of Paramedicine with the Council of Ambulance Authorities. The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health (Nursing) has also received full accreditation with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. Well done to all involved.

Congratulations to the School of Psychology on meeting the course accreditation standards of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association.

The School of Physiotherapy is currently preparing accreditation documentation for Queensland and NSW in line with the normal accreditation cycle coinciding in 2016 with the new Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC) standards.

Similarly, the School of Allied Health is preparing the Brisbane accreditation documentation according to the Occupational Therapy Council (OTC) accreditation requirements, while Speech Pathology accreditation preparation for the Brisbane campus is on hold awaiting a decision by Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) as to their preferred timing for submission.

Policy updates

At the December 2015 meeting of Academic Board, a new “Policy on Structuring Course Work Programs” along with “Guidelines on Honours Programs” were approved for implementation from Semester 1, 2016. Faculty of Health Sciences Honours programs are in the process of being amended to meet the new requirements for the 2017 intakes. These documents are available on the ACU Staff website under Course Structuring > Structuring Coursework Programs Policy.

Welcome to new team member

Ms Theresia Kremer was recently welcomed as the Faculty Administrator on the Melbourne Campus. Theresia is working with her previous school, the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine as well as with the School of Psychology on course governance matters.

A reminder to all schools that the governance team is available to assist with course governance matters, so please do not hesitate to contact them.

Wishing you all the very best for a busy academic year.

Professor Karen Flowers
Deputy Dean
Faculty of Health Sciences

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