Message from the Executive Dean

Message from the Executive Dean

Welcome to the first edition of the Faculty of Health Sciences newsletter for 2016.

I would like to thank all staff from the Faculty of Health Sciences for your contributions to the growth and development of the Faculty, and also welcome new staff who have joined us in recent times.

The Faculty of Health Sciences has been a significant contributor to the growth experienced by Australian Catholic University and the table below indicates how strongly our Faculty has supported this growth:

2013

2014

2015

2016

Faculty

HC*

EFTSL

HC

EFTSL

HC

EFTSL

HC

EFTSL

Faculty of Health Sciences

10,860

8,792.000

12,838

10,303.500

14,880

11,951.750

16,131

13,343.250

Grand Total

26,128

19,150.375

30,223

21,518.250

32,388

23,531.000

32,389

24,626.000

*HC = Headcount

From the table above it is evident that in 2016, the Faculty of Health Sciences accounts for over half of the Equivalent Full-Time Study Load (EFTLS) for Australian Catholic University.

The Faculty is on track to meet its 2016 enrolment targets and has had growth across many disciplines. The popularity of Health Science programs demonstrates that students are attracted to the Faculty’s high quality courses, outstanding teaching, research and purpose built facilities.

The Faculty of Health Sciences offered our first two units of study at the Rome campus during the summer break: HLSC120 Society and Culture and HLSC220 Health Care Ethics were both offered in January 2016 with enrolments of 25 and 35 respectively.

2016 also sees the launch of the Centre for Disability and Development Research (CeDDR). CeDDR is an international collaboration involving ACU staff, led by Professor Christine Imms from the School of Allied Health and Professor Peter Wilson from the School of Psychology, and leading researchers from a number of key institutional partners including McMaster University’s CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research; Radboud University’s Behavioural Science Institute; The Center for Cerebral Palsy Research at Teachers College, Columbia University; and Jonkoping’s CHILD Research Centre.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Professor Patrick Crookes who commenced with Australian Catholic University in 2016 as the new National Head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine. Professor Crookes comes to ACU with 15 years’ experience in higher education leadership roles including University of Wollongong, Professor, School of Nursing; Dean, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science; and Director, UOW Wollongong Academy of Tertiary Teaching & Learning Excellence (WATTLE).

Please also join me in welcoming staff from the Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS), led by Professor Morag McArthur, who have joined the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2016.

I look forward to 2016 with confidence that we can achieve quality learning and research outcomes in Health Sciences, and I would like to thank all staff for their commitment which will allow Health Sciences to be well positioned in the future.

Professor Michelle Campbell
Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences

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