Gaining a deeper understanding of the impact of pastoral care
“She listened to me even though she had probably heard of all my cares many times. I feel she encourages me always. She is vitally necessary in my life. She puts so much effort and time into our spiritual needs.”
This week Australian Ageing Agenda ran an article on ACU research to understand the impact of pastoral care. The writer spoke with Dr Vivian Romero, of ACU Engagement and the Pastoral Care Research Collaboration, who is part of a ground-breaking study that has seen more than 500 responses from aged care residents and hospital patients from seven large organisations in Victoria. Read the full article.
105,237 people in Australia are homeless
Enabling our community’s most vulnerable people to have access to proper hygiene is key to enhancing sense of self and better health. With the support of ACU Engagement, the ACU Community Impact Network (ACU CIN) is coordinating a campus-wide collection of new or unused travel-sized personal hygiene products.
Your donations will be sorted into small packs and delivered to those in need in your local community.
When can I donate?
Start collecting your goods now! A display and collection basket will be available on all campuses during May.
What can I donate?
Men and women’s new or unused travel-sized personal hygiene products such as:
Body wash/Shower gel
Help support the dignity of people in our communities by dropping off your unused travel-sized products at one of our donation locations. If you would like to become a donation champion and lead a collection in your area, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with signage and promotional materials.
Household Sharing Initiative
In the lead up to Lent, ACU Engagement and Campus Ministry in Melbourne collaborated in a household sharing activity. The aim of this initiative was to repurpose, recycle and redistribute household goods to staff and students who may be looking for these items. As part of this initiative, bedding, kitchenware and other household items have kindly been donated by members of the ACU community and these items are now available for new homes. Items are available on the Mezzanine Level of the Daniel Mannix Building in Melbourne (outside Campus Ministry).
Do you have a story to tell?
ACU Engagement doesn’t own community engagement. Our role is to support, facilitate and celebrate the community engagement activities of all ACU students and staff. If you have a story to tell about a community engagement activity that you, your staff, or your students have participated in, please contact us on email@example.com. We would love to share your stories with the ACU community.
Meet Nicole Murphy
My name is Nicole Murphy and I am the Research Engagement/Grants Officer with ACU Engagement. I joined ACU Engagement after three years with ACU’s Centre for Health and Social Research (CHaSR) working in various research support and research officer roles.
In my current role with ACU Engagement, I have the pleasure of working alongside Stuart Whitman, Research Engagement Manager to support ACU’s submission for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI) for 2018 and beyond. In addition to this, we are working on resources that will support ACU researchers to plan for, evaluate and communicate the immense value of their impactful research using the new ARC EI impact metrics, and the body of scholarly work conceptualising real-world research impacts.
However, at ACU Engagement we all wear many hats and I also work to support or drive various community engagement ventures, including supporting students on community engagement placements with ACU Engagement. I am also enjoying contributing to the ACU Community Impact Network (CIN), which serves to connect ACU staff members across faculties and campuses to coordinate grass-roots initiatives that are meaningful for our local communities.
When I am not at ACU, I am working as an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) supporting at-risk and vulnerable young people to make more informed choices about food and eating. In addition to my role as a clinician, I am also co-investigator on a mixed methods research evaluation which aims to assess the impact of this program on mental wellbeing.
I very much look forward to supporting ACU researchers on this journey.
Opportunities to make a difference
ACU Engagement is committed to ensuring that all ACU staff and students have the opportunity to make a contribution to their community that is feasible and meaningful to them, whilst meeting community needs in a way that is valuable and respectful. We encourage you to find a current opportunity from the list below and make a difference in your community!
Donation opportunity - Ballarat Campus (VIC): A reminder to bring your good quality clothing items (and particularly new socks) to the pop-up shop for the homeless. You can find the collection point at the Concierge desk.
Volunteer Opportunity - Foodbank (NSW): Foodbank NSW is reliant on volunteers to help fight hunger, so your time volunteering will make a huge difference.
Volunteer Opportunity - Conversation Club (NSW): The Strathfield Conversation Club Program is a weekly program aimed at reducing social isolation and building confidence in conversational English for adults from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Volunteer Opportunity - Chatterbox Café (NSW): Chatterbox Café is a weekly program for adults looking to improve their English language skills.
For more information, to register your interest for any of these opportunities, or if you are aware of more opportunities you think we should know about, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org