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Brisbane launches physiotherapy

An event was held at the Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo) this week to launch its newest degree, the Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

The four-year full-time degree will meet a growing need for workers in the healthcare industry and will be offered by the University's Faculty of Health Sciences in 2010.

Professor Pauline Nugent, Dean of Health Sciences, said the course would produce graduates who excel in applying the principles of physiotherapy, who are ethical in their practice and who are independent learners.

"ACU chooses to focus on areas of teaching and research that are closely connected with its particular character as a university that is Catholic, and that is public and national," she said. "One of these is health, with a particular emphasis on the value of care, especially of the weak and vulnerable."

The Most Reverend Brian Finnigan DD opened and blessed the Peter W. Sheehan Building at the launch.

Named after the University's former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter W Sheehan AO, the building will accommodate students of physiotherapy, health sciences, exercise science, midwifery, paramedicine and nursing.

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