Official opening of the CPDIA

Published: Monday 7th July 2014

The affiliation between ACU and RSL LifeCare is strengthening with the enhancement of clinical practical experience and research collaborations. An event was held on 19 June to celebrate learning, development and service and officially open the School of Clinical Practice and the Research Centre for Practice and Innovation in Ageing (CPDIA).

ACU attendees included guest speaker Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven, Faculty of Health Sciences Executive Dean Professor Michelle Campbell, National Head of School Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine Professor Mary Courtney, Professor of Aged Care Nursing, ACU/RSL LifeCare, Professor Tracey McDonald and various staff from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine.

The School of Clinical Practice provides academic teaching and clinical practice for ACU Bachelor of Nursing students on site at the RSL ANZAC Village in Narrabeen, New South Wales. It offers students the opportunity to complete their practical experience in a clinical environment.

Professor Campbell said "this collaboration between ACU and RSL LifeCare provides a unique pathway for our students to undertake a seamless education experience, and gain hands-on and relevant experience."

"The School supports and nurtures students for their future careers, whilst also developing their passion for aged care," she said.

Best practice care will be carried out by the research centre, which has grown as a natural progression from the RSL LifeCare Chair of Ageing initiated in 2005. Professor McDonald was appointed as the Foundation chair to set up the Chair of Ageing and work towards establishing a centre for research around aged care, veterans, community health and nursing.

The ACU/RSL LifeCare School of Clinical Practice and CPDIA were developed last year and 2014 marks their commencement at Narrabeen.