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The school of Nursing and Midwifery recently held their annual student awards ceremony. Held in Warrnambool on Wednesday 26 March, the awards night recognised high-achieving students from the Bachelor of Nursing and the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery at Deakin’s Warrnambool Campus.
The guest speaker for the evening was Julianne Clift, Director of Nursing, South West Healthcare. Julianne was appointed to the Director of Nursing role in September 2012 after working as Deputy Director of Nursing at Warrnambool Base Hospital for two years. Having worked in a range of roles in the hospitals and health services in the Northern Territory, Mildura and Hunter New England in New South Wales, she is committed to improving the patient journey.
Congratulations to all students who received awards.
Please open the PDF document to read about award recipients
If you missed Associate Professor Peter Miller's appearance in the film Dead Drunk: Lights Out In the Cross, don't worry - it is available for viewing on ABC iview until Tuesday 29 April.
The film responds to current concerns about Australia's drinking and party culture and the propensity for young men and women for violence, an area that Peter has conducted much research into.
Filmed on a single Saturday night in Kings Cross, the film provides a snapshot of Kings Cross as the new lockout laws are implemented.
Peter also appeared on Dead Drunk: After Hours with Tom Tilley, ABC2's follow up live chat about the issues raised in the program.
Deakin Literary Society Geelong is pleased to invite you to attend a workshop 'Academic and creative writing: the interface'.
The workshop will be presented by the School of Nursing and Midwifery's Professor Trisha Dunning AM on Saturday 10 May between 2 and 4 pm at the Belmont Library Meeting Room.
The session will cost $5.
Please RSVP to Trisha by 1 May to indicate your intention to attend and receive pre-reading. Places are limited.
Professor Julie Considine, Chair in Nursing Eastern Health, from Deakin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery has recently returned from an invited visit to the National Hospital Organization, Tokyo Medical Center, and Tokyo University of Healthcare. Professor Considine first met Dr Takaaki Kikuno, Director of the Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, when she spoke at the Department of Health to an international delegation in 2013 on Emergency Department Triage. During her recent visit she spent time in the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit and delivered guest lectures on ‘Postgraduate nursing education and career pathways’ and ‘Nurse-led models of care’.
Professor Considine noted some differences in the delivery of emergency and intensive care but stated, ‘It was remarkable that despite not understanding the language, the clinical care delivery that I observed had many similarities to our systems and processes’.
She also spent time with senior emergency nurses, emergency nurse practitioners and nurse practitioners in training. ‘The rate at which my colleagues have progressed their emergency nurse practitioner program was impressive and while their training and educational preparation is different to that in Australia, their hospital-based internship was very comprehensive and provided their nurse practitioners with a breadth of clinical experience in many areas of the hospital;, she said. Tokyo Medical Center currently have a team of eight nurse practitioners and practitioners in training in the emergency department and their program is continuing to expand.
The School of Nursing and Midwifery’s Professor Trisha Dunning AM was recently added to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women – a significant accolade recognising her exceptional work towards improving the lives of people with diabetes.
With over 150 papers and several books published about diabetes since she became a diabetes educator in 1984, Professor Dunning was made a Member of The Order of Australia for her outstanding contributions towards diabetes nursing.
Professor Dunning is Chair in Nursing (Barwon Health) in the Deakin University School of Nursing and Midwifery; Director of the Centre for Nursing and Allied Health Research at Deakin University and Barwon Health in Geelong; a board member of Diabetes Australia – Vic.; and Vice-President of the International Diabetes Federation. Her research focuses on older people with diabetes and end-of-life care, diabetes self-care and health outcomes, holistic approaches to nursing management of people with diabetes, complementary therapies and the management of medicines for the impact on health outcomes.
Professor Maxine Duke, Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin University said that due to Professor Dunning’s rigorous research, the experience of people living with diabetes has been significantly improved. ‘She is an exemplary role model for novice diabetes educators and budding researchers. The School is extremely proud to count her among our staff’, she said.
Deakin PhD student David Skvarc was recently awarded a Sydney Parker Smith Scholarship for his PhD project examining the use of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) as a potential agent to Post-Operative Cognitive Decline in the elderly.
David is being supervised by a team including Dr Linda Byrne from the School of Psychology, Dr Olivia Dean from the School of Medicine and Dr Andrew Marriott at Barwon Health.
The Sydney Parker Smith Scholarship was established in 2007 to honour the memory of Sydney Parker Smith, a Geelong pharmacist who has been described by those who knew him as a humble and kind man who provided support to those in need.
The project ‘Post Anaesthesia N-Acetyl-Cysteine Evaluation trial', or PANACEA, is an exciting collaboration between Barwon Health and Deakin University. PANACEA is a randomized clinical trial examining the effects of N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) upon Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfunction (POCD), a common post-surgical condition that has been linked with poorer morbidity and mortality outcomes, and decreased quality of life for the patient.