Welcome to the first edition of the Faculty of Health Sciences newsletter for 2017.
This year promises to be another strong year for the Faculty of Health Sciences, and I would like to thank all staff for their contributions and also welcome new staff who have joined us in recent times.
The Faculty of Health Sciences continues to grow and develop, albeit at a slower rate than in recent years, in line with the growth of the University as a whole and the Australian university sector, following the initial expansion of the demand-driven system.
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From the table above it is evident that in 2017, the Faculty of Health Sciences continues to strongly support Australian Catholic University, accounting for over half of the Equivalent Full-Time Study Load (EFTLS) for Australian Catholic University.
The popularity of Health Sciences 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 five units of study at the Rome campus during the summer break with 87 students from Australian Catholic University and Catholic University of America enrolled.
2017 sees the introduction of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy to the Ballarat campus, with a commencing cohort of 43 students who will be utilising new purpose built facilities.
Dr Doseena Fergie, a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman working in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at our Melbourne Campus and also an elder in the Indigenous community has been awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship.
Through the fellowship, Dr Fergie will be able to spend several weeks travelling to Finland, England, Canada, Hawaii and New Zealand in the second half of 2017, meeting with Indigenous elders, researchers, academics and health service providers.
2016 was an eventful year for Dr Fergie, being admitted to the Victorian Honour Roll for Women for her work in nursing and community health, becoming a fellow of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Nurses and Midwives, completing her PhD thesis on post-natal depression among Victorian Aboriginal women and becoming the second person to graduate from ACU’s Indigenous Staff Research Scholarships program.
Please join me in congratulating Dr Fergie on her achievements and on being awarded a Churchill Fellowship.
The Honour Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) will induct Professor Sandy Middleton, Director of the Nursing Research Institute into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame at STTI’s 28th International Nursing Research Congress in Dublin, Ireland in July 2017. Please join me in congratulating Professor Middleton on her induction which recognises nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves.
The Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research recently hosted the 2017 MacKillop Institute International Scientific Research Symposium. This symposium showcased the ever-growing portfolio of world-leading research within the Institute, including the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease. This two-day event featured world-leading researchers from Australia, Africa and Europe, in the areas of nursing, cardiology, exercise and nutritional sciences, health services research, population and public health, health economics, international health and Indigenous health.
The Centre for Disability and Development Research (CeDDR), also recently hosted the 3PM 2017 Symposium. This was an international research symposium on participation of people with childhood-onset disabilities, in collaboration with the Centre for Research Excellence – Cerebral Palsy (CRE-CP). The Symposium’s theme was "Participation – motives, methods and measures" and was attended by 84 participants from 10 different countries.
ACU’s Cognitive and Emotion Centre within the Faculty of Health Sciences is proud to be hosting the 5th International Conference of Prospective Memory (ICPM5) in January 2018 and will be working throughout 2017 to ensure the success of this conference. The Cognitive and Emotion Centre is a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in the areas of psychopharmacology, brain imaging, mild brain stimulation, psychophysiology, neuropsychology, clinical psychology and developmental psychology.
I look forward to 2017 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
Page last updated: 2017-06-28
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