Graduating nursing, midwifery and paramedicine students were celebrated at the 25th annual Fabiola Oration and Convocation at the Brisbane Campus on 7 December.
The annual event is organised by the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (QLD) and celebrates the achievements of the graduating students for that year. Students across all year levels of nursing, midwifery and paramedicine are also recognised with prizes and awards at the event.
The 25th event was the biggest yet, with almost 200 people in attendance including graduating students, award winners and their guests, staff and external partners from various health care facilities.
Each year an Oration is delivered by a prominent figure from the health care industry. This year’s oration was delivered by Adjunct Associate Professor Alanna Geary, Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery Services, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Metro North Hospital and Health Service. Alanna gave an insight in to her long and varied career, along with words of advice to inspire the graduating students to take on their chosen future careers as a nurse, midwife or paramedic.
The major focus of the evening was to acknowledge the completion of the Bachelor of Nursing degree for the inaugural cohort of students of the ACU/TPCH Clinical School. The group were presented with certificates and badges by Associate Professor Paula Schulz (State Head of School) and Ms Cherie Franks (Director of Nursing from The Prince Charles Hospital).
Graduating students were presented with their ACU badges and various prizes and awards were also given out to students across all year levels.
Following the ceremony the school provided refreshments and a chance for students to mingle with staff and the various external guests.