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The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin University is one of the largest schools of nursing and midwifery in Australia and is based across the four University campuses: Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waterfront Campus, Warrnambool Campus and in partnership with the Deakin University Institute of Koorie Education located on the Waurn Ponds Campus.
The School is dedicated to providing undergraduate and postgraduate courses that reflect the current practice imperatives of contemporary nursing and midwifery practice. Courses offered by the School aim to produce graduates who are well prepared to meet the challenges of a dynamic health care system. The courses have as their focus a commitment to quality and safety in health care and are aligned with the recommendations of the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC). Courses are evidence-based underpinned by best practice guidelines and promote a person-centred approach to care to ensure optimal health outcomes for patients, their families, carers and the community.
The School adheres strongly to the benefits of an experiential approach to nursing and midwifery education. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to engage in patient care experiences in the clinical setting commencing in the first few weeks and continuing throughout their course. This experiential approach underpins the Bachelor of Nursing as well as the three unique combined courses: Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Nursing/ Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion, and the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology). The School also offers undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in the unique Clinical Fellowship (CF) program. Students selected for the clinical Fellowship are able to complete most of their clinical placements in the one health service and in some cases attend tutorial and laboratories in that health service. The School‘s postgraduate offerings are extensive using a range of learning modalities including team-based learning and on line technology, focussing on collaborative work-based arrangements with hospitals. Courses are offered in cardiac care, critical care, emergency care, intensive care, perioperative, midwifery, nursing practice, nurse practitioner and diabetes education. Postgraduate research degrees are available at masters and doctoral (PhD) level.
Situated within the School is the Faculty‘s Professional Development Unit (PDU). The PDU provides education by distance learning to a wide range of health professionals and nurse clinicians in particular. The learning packages provide a step-by-step approach to support nurses and midwives, either; returning to study, updating specialty practice knowledge, supporting current practice, or wishing to take another career direction. Successful completion of PDU studies may also provide Credit for Prior Learning for a Deakin postgraduate qualification. In addition, studies undertaken through the PDU attract the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits that are necessary for registered nurses and midwives to achieve registration requirements each year. Enrolments are offered in each of the three trimesters.
A feature of the School’s engagement with the health care setting is its extensive partnership arrangements with major healthcare providers. These formal partnerships support both research activity and student clinical placement opportunities through the joint appointment of staff. The School also has extensive links with other hospitals and health services for clinical placements, research and consultancy activities. The formal partners of the School include: Alfred Health, Barwon Health, Cabrini Health, Eastern Health, Epworth Hospital, Northern Health, Southern Health and Uniting Care Community Options. The long standing appointment of clinical professors in these partnerships has led to the development of outstanding research outcomes for patients, the School and its partners. The 2010 Research Excellence Australia audit rated Deakin nursing research as ‘world class’. The School also hosts a University funded Strategic Research Centre, Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS) and the Joanna Briggs (JBI) -Centre for Quality and Risk Management.
The School also has a number of international relationships or formal partnerships in Asia and Europe which provide opportunities for students to undertake trimester exchanges in Sweden and Denmark, and Study Tours in Bhutan, China, Philippines and Thailand. A number of international research activities are conducted with our offshore partners including collaborative research projects and jointly sponsored international nursing conferences. The School attracts international students from a variety of countries ensuring cultural diversity within the student cohort and the opportunity for students to learn about the challenges in health care globally.
Professor Maxine Duke
Head of School