Message from the Executive Dean

Message from the Executive Dean

This is our second newsletter for 2016 from the Faculty of Health Sciences and I would like to thank everyone for their contributions to the continued growth and success of the Faculty.

The Faculty of Health Sciences has performed well in 2016, coming within 0.4% of meeting our EFTSL load target as follows:

Course Headcount

EFTSL

Target EFTSL

Difference between  EFTSL and Target

Percent difference  between EFTSL and Target

16,103

12,765

12,822

-57

-0.4%

This overall result for the Faculty of Health Sciences was supported by an excellent response to Australian Catholic University’s mid-year enrolment strategy, where the Faculty of Health Sciences exceeded our mid-year targets for commencing students.

Course Headcount

EFTSL

Target EFTSL

Difference between  EFTSL and Target

Percent difference  between EFTSL and Target

491

187

125

62

50.0%

ACU is continuing to grow according to a comprehensive Enrolment Plan, and the Faculty Executive has contributed to the review and updating of the Faculty of Health Sciences Enrolment Plan 2017 – 2022.

2016 has been another busy year for the Faculty of Health Sciences and I am pleased to report that the Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Chief Executive Officer, Adjunct Professor Susan O’Neill officially opened the ACU/St Vincent’s Medical Centre, with a blessing conducted by the Most Reverend Denis Hart DD, Archbishop of Melbourne at the ACU Melbourne campus on 6 April 2016. The ACU/St Vincent’s Medical Centre is operated in partnership with St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, the first time medical services on an ACU campus are to be provided by an external health provider.

Another major achievement for the Faculty saw the ACU/Cabrini Learning, Teaching and Research Collaboration being celebrated and opened by Professor Pauline Nugent, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Associate Professor Leanne Boyd, Executive Director of Nursing and the Cabrini Institute, on 17 May 2016 at Cabrini Hospital Malvern.

The Faculty of Health Sciences has been instrumental in supporting the Rome Centre and I am pleased to report that we have expanded our academic product offering in Rome from two units in early 2016 to five units (90 students) in late 2016 and early 2017.

The Faculty is also in final preparations for the introduction of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy to the Ballarat campus in 2017. These preparations include the construction of a purpose built facility, and the development of admission criteria to support applicants from regional Victoria.

Staff and students from the Faculty of Health Sciences have made outstanding contributions in a number of areas throughout 2016 and I would like to congratulate and highlight:

  • Ms Emma Tonegato, a B Occupational Therapy student from the North Sydney campus who was a member of the Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens team who won the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
  • Ms Anabelle Smith, a B Exercise and Sports Science student from the Melbourne campus who along with teammate Maddison Keeney won a bronze medal in the Synchronised 3m Springboard at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
  • Ms Ellie Cole, a B Exercise and Health Science student from the Strathfield campus who won 2 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze in swimming at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.
  • Mr Anthony Whitty from the School of Exercise Science in Melbourne who received a Department of Education and Training citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.
  • ‘The Away from Base Midwifery Team’ from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Brisbane, who received the 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Award for Excellence in Student Experience for their outstanding collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and graduates.
  • Professor Justin Kemp, Dr Stuart Cormack and Dr David Opar from the School of Exercise Science who received the 2016 ACU Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Teaching Excellence Award for their contributions to the Master of High Performance Sport (MHPS).

I would like to thank all of our staff for their efforts and commitment in 2016 which will allow the Faculty of Health Sciences to be well positioned in the future.

Professor Michelle Campbell
Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences

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