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The School of Nursing and Midwifery will run course information sessions at the following times and locations. Find out more about the range of undergraduate courses offered.
BURWOOD CAMPUS, 221 BURWOOD HIGHWAY, BURWOOD
Building Y, Room 1.11 A and B
Wednesday 23 July, 6–8 pm (presentation will commence at 6.15 pm)
Saturday 26 July, 2.30–4.30 pm (presentation will commence at 2.45 pm)
WATERFRONT CAMPUS, 1 GHERINGHAP STREET, GEELONG
Building AD Room 2.217
Wednesday 23 July, 6–8 pm (presentation will commence at 6.15 pm)
Saturday 26 July, 2.30–4.30 pm (presentation will commence at 2.45 pm)
WARNAMBOOL CITY CENTRE CAMPUS,165 TIMOR STREET, WARRNAMBOOL
Location: Deakin University Warrnambool City Centre Campus
Friday 25 July, 7.30 pm
To register your attendance at one of the information sessions above, please email email@example.com to advise which session you plan to attend. For more information call 9244 6032.
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
Jeffrey Schwartz is a clinical psychiatrist who has translated classical mindfulness training into a highly successful treatment for people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Date Wednesday 23 October 2013
Venue The Deakin Edge, Federation Square
Cost FREE * Registraion Required
Date Thursday 24 October 2013
Venue Room Y1.15, Deakin University's Melbourne Burwood Campus
Cost $150 external guest or $100 Deakin staff and students
register online now
The University finals of the Three-Minute Thesis competition were held in Geelong yesterday 18 July 2013. SENS had two students competing in the Final competition.
PhD student Rebecca Lindberg was the Winner and Kim Anderson was Runner-Up. Rebecca’s thesis presentation focussed on food insecurity in Australia. Kim’s presentation was on the NDRG2 gene alleviating the loss of skeletal muscle.
Rebecca wins $2000 and will now represent Deakin University at the Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis competition at the University of Western Sydney in October. Kim Anderson wins $1000.
You can read about their achievements and watch their presentations at: http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/stories/2013/07/18/sydney-here-we-come
The School of Nursing and Midwifery and Eastern Health are excited to announce 3 Twilight Seminars entitled "Recognising and responding to clinical deterioration in the childbearing woman".
Details can be found in the following flyer
Twilight Seminars - information flyer.pdf
You can register with the following form
Twilight Seminars - registration form.pdf
Northern Health Graduate Nurse Elise Pollock (along with her supervisors Associate Professor Julie Considine and Dr Cate Nagle) has been successful in obtaining a Northern Health Small Grant ($5000) to support her Bachelor of Nursing Honours project: Clinical deterioration in maternity patients. Elise is undertaking her graduate year at Northern Health while developing research skills by undertaking an honours degree at Deakin University. Elise has provided the following abstract to explain the background to her research question and the aims of her research project.
‘Medical Emergency Teams (METs) respond to deteriorating patients with the intent of reducing unexpected adverse events. METS rely on identification of patients at risk, and early notification of deterioration of clinical conditions based on a specific criteria. Due to physiological changes and the presence of a fetus, childbearing women require consideration of additional criteria in the escalation of care; the quality and safety of maternity care relies on accurate and timely identification of risk factors, childbearing women require consideration of additional criteria in the escalation of care; the quality and safety of maternity care relies on accurate and timely identification of risk factors. This study will investigate maternal and fetal outcomes at Northern Health by reviewing the utilisation of METs and obstetric alert calls. The aim of this study is to explore the recognition and response of clinical deterioration in maternity patients at The Northern Hospital. Findings from this project will assist in the development of clinical improvement strategies at Northern Health and contribute to a larger project to improve maternity care safety systems in Victoria.’
The School of Nursing and Midwifery congratulates Elise.
Associate Professor Paul Bennett from the Deakin – Southern Health Nursing Research Centre has just completed the journey from Paris to Barcelona to raise money for Kidney Health Australia. As part of a group of 10 non-professional cyclists from Australia and England the team raised over $20 000.
Beginning at the center of France, the cyclists travelled through the French regions of lle-de France, Centre, Auvergne and Midi-Pyrenees before crossing into Spain via the Aragon and Catalonia regions. The journey was challenging due to its mountainous terrain and trip duration requiring members to cover 160 km per day for nine days without a rest day.
’The Paris to Barcelona Ride2Give team was a fantastic, caring group of individuals, all of whom just happen to have a passion for cycling’, said Associate Professor Bennett. ’The nine days were spectacular with a particular highlight being a 2012 Pyrenees Tour de France climb known as Port du Bales’.
Looking for a relevant and innovative experience prior to graduation?
The National Health Fusion Team challenge will give you the chance to develop your skills in collaborative healthcare practice, represent your University in a prestigious national event and defend Deakin University’s title of National Champions.
The National Health Fusion Team Challenge is a prestigious national extracurricular competition held in Brisbane, Queensland, each year with teams of health students participating from universities across Australia and New Zealand for the national title. It provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate expertise in teamwork and collaborative practice as they work with colleagues from across the Faculty to develop a management plan for a client with complex health needs. Teams then present their management plans to a live audience and panel of expert judges on competition day.
Deakin University won the National Competition in 2011, which was a terrific achievement given it was the first year we entered a team in the event. We are now looking for a new interprofessional team of enthusiastic, collaborative, committed, team-orientated students to defend the title in 2012!
Who can take part?
Students in the latter part of their degrees from the following disciplines are invited to apply: medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, clinical exercise physiology, and dietetics. A team of six students will be selected to represent Deakin University in this event.
When will the National Health Fusion Team Challenge take place?
The event this year will be held on Friday 31 August 2012, in Brisbane. The Faculty of Health will cover the cost of your flights, accommodation and transfers.
How will the event be run?
On the day of the event, each team will present their management plan in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges. At the completion of all presentations teams will be asked to respond to a series of questions or exercises designed to test their teamwork skills under pressure. During this process the judging panel may question teams about the case or the teamwork processes they used. The team that performs the best over the course of the day is then awarded first place.
How to apply
Applications are now open.
To apply, please email an expression of interest to the Faculty’s Interprofessional Education Coordinator, Catherine Ward, on firstname.lastname@example.org, stating in 100 words or less, ‘Why I should represent my profession in the National Health Fusion Team Challenge’.
Applications close on Friday 25 May 2012.
For more information please visit the web page below or contact Catherine Ward on email@example.com or 5227 8437.
Moorabbin Dialysis Centre is making groundbreaking leaps in the treatment of sufferers of kidney disease, becoming the first recorded dialysis unit to incorporate Zumba into its dialysis program.
Confirmed and accredited by Zumba, Seated Zumba, a modified ZUMBA GOLD® program, has been developed so that dialysis patients can participate during their four to five hour dialysis treatment. The program represents a collaboration between Deakin University Southern Health Nursing Research Centre, Moorabbin Dialysis Centre and Angela Limanis, certified ZUMBA GOLD® instructor.
Through the program, Associate Professor Paul Bennett from the Deakin University – Southern Health Nursing Research Centre are helping to improve the physical state of people with kidney disease requiring dialysis sessions. Exercise has been shown to improve physical function, quality of life, muscle condition and dialysis efficacy in patients with kidney disease, as well as decreasing depression, cardiovascular risk and a range of other negative outcomes of kidney disease and dialysis. Although the benefits of exercise for people receiving dialysis are clear, worldwide practices typically don’t incorporate exercise programs.
The work of Associate Professor Bennett and colleagues is exploring the therapeutic benefits of modified Zumba exercise programs for dialysis patients at the Moorabbin Dialysis Centre. ZUMBA GOLD® is a popular Zumba program designed for people with physical limitation and inactive older participants. This specifically designed form of Zumba adapts the Latin and international dance rhythms created in the original Zumba program for older adults, beginner participants and other special populations. Associate Professor Bennett’s team was keen to explore whether ZUMBA GOLD® could be adapted for dialysis patients. The team undertook a feasibility study on whether ZUMBA Gold® was possible during dialysis, receiving feedback from people who took part in a short intradialytic modified ZUMBA GOLD® program.
The team’s work has led to the development and co-patenting of a dialysis exercise machine, as well as several publications and presentations. Results of the current study will be published in the Journal of Renal Care and presented at various national and international meetings.
For further details about the program please contact Associate Professor Paul Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Deakin University Council has conferred the title of Alfred Deakin Professor to Professor Mari Botti from the School of Nursing and Midwifery. This is an outstanding achievement and an enormous honour. The title of Alfred Deakin Professor is granted by Council to a member of the academic staff of the University in recognition of outstanding, sustained high-level contribution to furthering the aims of Deakin University in relation to research. The School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Faculty of Health are thrilled to congratulate Professor Botti on this well-deserved honour.
Professor Botti joined Deakin University in 1997 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1998 and Chair in Nursing at Epworth HealthCare in 2004. For many years Professor Botti combined clinical practice in acute cardiac nursing, nursing education and clinical research. Her specific research and clinical interests are in postoperative pain management; investigation of models of care that encourage patient engagement in their care, safety and wellbeing; and the use of clinical data to improve quality and safety in healthcare.
Throughout her career Professor Botti has demonstrated vision, innovation, leadership and research excellence. She has contributed extensively to the strategic direction of nursing research at Deakin University that is consistent with local, national and international priorities and has led the implementation of successful industry and academic partnerships in nursing research over the last decade. She consults widely in the establishment of research collaborations to improve patient outcomes and increase research capacity in her discipline.
In her current role as Chair in Nursing at Epworth HealthCare and previously, as Director of Nursing Research, Alfred Health, Professor Botti built a strong nursing research profile by leading collaborative, multidisciplinary research teams; publishing research outcomes widely; supervising a large of cohort of PhD, Master and honours students to completion and providing mentorship for early career researchers and health care clinicians.
Professor Botti contributes to the quality and safety activities of Epworth Healthcare and is a foundation member of the Quality and Patient Safety Strategic Research Centre of Deakin University. She established and coordinates the Bachelor of Nursing (Clinical Honours) program at Deakin University.
In further service to the profession, Professor Botti is Chair of the Deakin University Human Research and Ethics Committee (HREC) and is also a member of the Epworth Healthcare HREC, chairing the Epworth HREC subcommittee for low risk research, and is Deputy Chair of the Health and Social Sciences Committee of the Alfred HREC.
That National Centre for Farmer Health’s (NCFH) biennial conference 'Sowing the Seeds of Farmer Health' will be held from 17 to 19 September 2012 at the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, in Hamilton, Victoria.
The conference’s overarching theme ‘Sowing the Seeds of Farmer Health’ was chosen to build on the success of the inaugural conference ‘Opening the Gates on Farmer Health’, held last year. This year’s conference will continue to educate and engage health and agri- professionals to raise awareness and develop strategies to improve farmer health, wellbeing and safety.
Conference themes include:
Mental health – wagging the black dog’s tail
Chronic disease and healthy lifestyles – feast or famine
Agricultural hazards and safety – reducing harm on the farm
Agriculture in a changing climate – it’s not always fair weather farming
The business of farming – being productive in a digital landscape
Human and animal health – all creatures great and small
Ageing in place on farm – duty of care versus dignity of risk
Lucky dip – tell us your speciality!
The roll-call of world-class speakers signed up for the conference is providing an exciting foundation for this key event on the agri-health calendar.
NCFH Director Clinical Associate Professor Susan Brumby said the multi-faceted roles of speakers lined up for the conference ensure participants will be given a detailed grounding in service delivery to the agricultural community. Speakers include Associate Professor John Edwards, a toxicologist with broad interests in the effects of occupational and environmental chemical exposures in human health; Dr Anthony Hogan, Director of the National Institute for Rural and Regional Australia; Cathy McGowan AO, rural consultant, farmer and academic; and Dr Lisa Schiller, Assistant Professor / Nurse Practitioner at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire College of Nursing and Health Sciences in the US.
The focus of the conference is to equip people dealing with the health and wellbeing of farmers, their families and their employees with the skills, and even the confidence, to function in parts of the country that do not have the support and services of metropolitan Australia.
Clinical Associate Professor Brumby says she is delighted with the quality of people who have submitted abstracts for the conference, describing it as a ‘demonstration’ of the reputation the NCFH has built for itself, and the value world authorities place on the opportunity to get involved in delivering the latest research and progress in farm health.
For more information about the Sowing the Seeds of Farmer Health conference, visit the National Centre for Farmer Health website at the link below
On Friday 26 August an interprofessional team of Deakin students won the National Health Fusion Team Challenge, hosted by the University of Queensland in Brisbane. 2011 is the first time Deakin has entered a team in this national event, and the Faculty of Health and the broader University are thrilled with the success our students have had.
The Health Fusion Team Challenge (HFTC) is a national extracurricular competition between mixed Interprofessional teams of health students nearing the end of their studies. The event provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate expertise in teamwork and collaboration as they develop a management plan for a client with complex health needs. The highlight of each HFTC is the public competition where student teams come together to present their management plans to a live audience and panel of expert judges.
The 2011 event saw Deakin compete with teams from Flinders University, Griffith University, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology, the University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney.
Deakin’s winning team was made up of students from across the Faculty of Health: Marguerite Conley (Master of Dietetics), Emily Dalton (Bachelor of Nursing), Paul Dodemaide (Bachelor of Social Work), Radhika Sheorey (Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery), Penelope Watts (Master of Psychology (Clinical)), Vivian Winkler (Bachelor of occupational Therapy).
The students were tasked with compiling and presenting a management plan for a 23 year old man with an acquired brain injury caused by a motor vehicle accident the man had after he had been drinking. Ten months after the accident the man was left with memory loss, epilepsy and reduced motor control, which was leading to falls. He also had increased emotional outbursts, frustration, and lived in a very complex family situation.
The students had a four-week preparation period, during which they met on eLive and in person, and did their own research to come up with a management package for the patient. Health practitioners in the community and several Deakin staff acted as mentors during this period.
On the day of the National Health Fusion Team Challenge, after participating in a series of heats throughout the day, each team presented their management plan in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges. At the completion of all presentations each team was asked to respond to a series of timed extension questions or exercises designed to test their teamwork skills under pressure. During this process they were questioned by the judging panel about the case and the teamwork processes they used.
The students’ presentation was extremely professional, well researched and thorough. They were fantastic ambassadors for Deakin University not only in the final event, but also through the course of the entire day. They put in a great deal of preparation before the event and approached it with a high level of enthusiasm, and this was evident in their teamwork skills and the quality of their presentation.
Congratulations also to Mrs Catherine Ward, Lecturer in Interprofessional Collaboration in Healthcare, School of Psychology. Catherine has coordinated Deakin’s efforts in the Health Fusion Team Challenge.
Left to right in the picture below: Paul Dodemaide, Margie Conley, Vivian Winkler, Penny Watts, Radhika Sheorey and Emily Dalton
The 2011 Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Awards were held on Wednesday 26 October in the Olympic Room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Presented by Deakin University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and Health Super, the annual Awards recognise inspiring nurses and midwives who have contributed to the profession and benefited the public by improving health service delivery, capacity and/or policy.
The 2011 Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Awards dinner, which was hosted by ABC Radio announcer Tonya Roberts, showcased the achievements of the short-listed applicants, culminating in the announcement of the 2011 winners. The audience heard from Health Super Chief Operations Officer Ms Carol McKelson-Timmins, Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander, and Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery Professor Maxine Duke about the significance of the awards and the work of nurses and Midwives in Australia.
A particular highlight of the night was special guest speaker Professor Ian Hickie, Executive Director, Brain & Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney. Professor Hickie delighted the audience with his fast-paced, witty and endearing speech, a highlight of which was the story of his 82 year old father who has just graduated from his latest degree – proof that an active and engaged mind fares better.
Clinical Midwife Consultant with Eastern Health, Vanessa Watkins, won the $20 000 major prize. The award recognises Ms Watkins’ outstanding leadership and dedication to midwifery through a project that enhanced maternity care at Eastern Health.
Two award finalists each also received $6000:
• Martin Keogh, Alfred Hospital, for excellence in nursing and midwifery leadership in a metropolitan health care environment
• Jo Bourke, Barwon Health, for excellence in nursing and midwifery leadership in a regional/rural health care environment.
Professor Maxine Duke, Head of Deakin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery said, ‘Ms Watkins exemplifies the spirit of the awards and is a role model for midwifery leadership not only within Eastern Health but for all in the profession’.
‘The Eastern Health Expected Pathways of Care for Pregnant Women project Ms Watkins implemented has broken through the hierarchical barriers often experienced between midwives and clinicians to create a model of collaboration that has resulted in improved care of women during and after pregnancy.’
‘The model is based on mutual respect and understanding of the professional roles of each clinician group involved in caring for pregnant women and is being held up as blueprint of practice by other health services in Australia.’
‘Ms Watkins is to be commended for her tenacity in bringing about the changes achieved at Eastern Health that has seen the role of the midwife embedded into clinical care within the hospital’.
You are invited to the 2011 World Diabetes Day Annual Professorial Lecture How many people speak the same language even when they speak the same language? The lecture will be delivered by Professor Trisha Dunning AM, Inaugural Chair Centre for Nursing and Allied Health Research Deakin University and Barwon Health, on Friday 11 November at 2 pm at Geelong Clinical School Lecture Theatre.
Please RSVP to Ms Susan Streat
Friday 11 November, 2pm
Light refreshments to follow the lecture
Geelong Clinical School Lecture Theatre
Enter via Kitchener House, Barwon Health (and follow signs)
Ryrie Street, Geelong
Melways map 401/K6
Deakin University health researchers have found that people with healthy diets are less likely to have depression and anxiety – not only in Australia but around the world.
In a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine researchers from Deakin University and the University of Bergen analysed data collected from over 5700 middle-aged and older adults from western Norway.
'We found that the higher the dietary quality of these men and women, the less likely they were to be depressed', said Dr Jacka from Deakin University’s Barwon Psychiatric Research Unit based at Barwon Health.
'Increased dietary quality was also associated with less anxiety in women, while those people eating more junk and processed foods were more likely to be anxious. Even after taking into account other demographic and lifestyle factors, these findings persisted.'
Dr Jacka said that similar associations have been shown in Australian women, but not before in Norwegians.
'We are starting to see a very consistent pattern here', she said.
'We have now assessed dietary quality in a number of different ways, in different countries, with different measures of mental health. In each of these studies, the results look very similar. This lends weight to the contention that diet plays a role in depression and anxiety.'
The researchers observed that despite the high disease burden of depression and anxiety, psychiatry lacks an evidence-based message to help people reduce their risk for mental illness.
However, Dr Jacka said this information may contribute to reducing the burden of illness in the community and improve outcomes for people suffering from these illnesses.
'It is important to recognise that the same healthy diets that help reduce risk for heart and other medical diseases may reduce the risk for depression and anxiety', Dr Jacka said.
For the current study, participants filled in detailed questionnaires regarding their normal diets, as well as completing additional questionnaires regarding their mood symptoms. Diet quality was assessed by determining how much and often the participants ate foods such as vegetables, fruits, wholegrain foods, low fat dairy, fish and non-processed red meats.
Other factors which may be associated with both diet quality and depression, such as income and education, as well as physical activity, smoking, and alcohol consumption, were also taken into account.
Professor Beverly O’Connell has been appointed as Acting Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Professor O'Connell will hold the position while the current Head of School, Professor Maxine Duke, is Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Health.
Professor O'Connell is well known within the Faculty of Health in her role as Associate Dean (Research) and in the School as Professor of Nursing in the Deakin Southern Health partnership.
Professor Maxine Duke has been appointed Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Health, following the appointment of Professor John Catford as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). She will commence in this role on 1 June this year.
Professor Duke has provided strong and effective leadership as the Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery and is a valued member of the Faculty Executive. As Head of School she has been responsible for the delivery of Deakin’s innovative nursing programs, which provide excellent outcomes for students and ensure graduates are capable of providing quality patient and client care into the future.
Professor Duke also holds the Chair in Nursing Development at Deakin University and is a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s Nurse Practitioner Accreditation Committee.
She previously held the position of Chair of the Victorian and Tasmanian Deans of Nursing and Midwifery, and remains a member. She also formerly held the position of Executive Member of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery. Her leadership skills will be invaluable in the Pro Vice-Chancellor role for the several months that it will take to make a permanent appointment.
An Acting Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery will be appointed in due course.
Come and learn more about the range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on offer at
Deakin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Undergraduate single and combined courses:
• Bachelor of Nursing
• Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Midwifery
• Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion
• Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)
Postgraduate courses are available in the following areas: diabetes education, cardiac care,
critical care, emergency care, intensive care, perioperative, midwifery, nursing practice, and nurse
practitioner. Research degrees (masters and PhD) are also available.
We are holding information evenings at the following Campuses:
Melbourne Burwood Campus
Tuesday 12 July
Lecture Theatre 13
Geelong Waterfront Campus
Thursday 14 July
Percy Baxter Lecture Theatre
Friday 15 July
For more information
Health – Student and Academic Services
03 9251 7777
Paul Bennett has recently been appointed Associate Professor at the Deakin – Southern Health Nursing Research Centre.
Associate Professor Bennett is the Foundation Editor of the Renal Society of Australasia Journal and Foundation Chair of the Kidney Health Australia Nursing Grants Program. His research focus is around exercise, nutrition and self management, particularly for people living with chronic kidney disease. Other areas of recent published scholarship have been health and educational technologies, nursing workforce and interprofessional education.
In the past five years Associate Professor Bennett has been the recipient of two teaching, two research and three industry awards. He serves on 10 industry committees, two federal industry boards, two society scientific committees, two grant review boards, two editorial boards and reviews for six ERA rated journals.
Prior to taking up the role at Deakin - Southern Health, Associate Professor Bennett was an Associate Professor and the Program Coordinator (Graduate Programs) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Flinders University, South Australia.
At the 2010 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards Associate Professor Judy Currey of the School of Nursing and Midwifery was named Deakin University ‘Teacher of the Year’.
Associate Professor Currey received three prestigious awards acknowledging her outstanding contribution to teaching and learning and Deakin University:
• 2010 Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence
• 2010 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching
• 2010 WJC Banks Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning and Deakin University Teacher of the Year
Associate Professor Currey coordinates the postgraduate suite of critical care courses within the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She leads the critical care program in partnership with 24 Victorian and NSW health agencies. Associate Professor Currey has worked tirelessly in the development and implementation of these courses and her vision, enthusiasm, collegiality and expertise have led to the rapid growth of the courses (doubled enrolments in 2010), the highest course student evaluation scores in the University, and the introduction of the highly successful Team-Based Learning Program (TBL).
As the Senior Research Fellow in The Alfred / Deakin Nursing Research Centre, Associate Profesor Currey’s research is focused on nurses’ decision-making and managing clinical risk to optimise patient outcomes. Her teaching and learning scholarly work is focused on workforce development in terms of researching educational strategies to improve graduates’ skills, knowledge and attributes as critical care nurses.
Associate Professor Currey is Chair of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses’ Research Advisory Panel, Chair of the International Society of Heart Lung Transplantation Research Council, and an editorial board member of Australian Critical Care and Progress in Transplantation.
The Faculty congratulates Associate Professor Currey on these outstanding achievements.
The School of Medicine’s Dr Tania de Koning-Ward has been named among Australia’s top 10 best and brightest researchers by the National Health and Medical Research Council, receiving an Excellence Award on Wednesday 15 December in Canberra.
Recognition in the NHMRC Excellence Awards places Dr de Koning-Ward in the top 10 of the nearly 5000 researchers who applied for NHMRC funding in 2010.
Professor Warwick Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of the NHMRC said, ‘As the highest ranking applicants in their funding schemes, the 10 researchers have been assessed by their peers as meeting the highest national and international standards for their research’.
Dr de Koning-Ward was recognised for her research aimed at eradicating malaria. A recent discovery by Dr de Koning-Ward and her colleagues identified how the malaria parasite remodels its host red blood cell to enhance its survival and cause the deadly disease.
‘I am truly honoured to receive this award from the NHMRC. It means that I will be able to focus full time on identifying ways to block the pathway the parasite uses to cause malaria. This is an exciting phase in the research as it could lead to new drugs to combat this devastating disease’, she said.
Dr de Koning-Ward said winning the award was also proof that it is possible to balance a research career with raising a family.
‘For six years I gave up full-time research to raise my two children’, Dr de Koning- Ward explained. ‘Being a recipient of this award shows other researchers that if you have a great support network behind you like I did, both at home and work, it is possible to have a fulfilling research career
and raise a family’.
Head of the School of Medicine, Professor Brendan Crotty said the award is a great endorsement of the School’s expanding research profile.
‘I am delighted and very proud that one of our medical scientists has been recognised as one of the top researchers in the country’, Professor Crotty said.
‘In a few short years the School has established a reputation for research excellence that has been underpinned by the success of our researchers in attracting research grants and awards such as this one’.
Professor Trisha Dunning AM was awarded the prestigious 'Outstanding Achievement Award' from Diabetes Australia on World Diabetes Day.
This merit award is presented annually for outstanding contribution to diabetes in Victoria, nationally and internationally.
Professor Dunning has an international reputation in diabetes research and clinical practice and is a member of many diabetes, medicine, complementary therapy and nursing committees. She is widely published in many peer-reviewed journals, and has written several books and book chapters. Professor Dunning has obtained research funding from competitive and other grant schemes. She has successfully
supervised higher degree students to completion and served on ethics, grant assessment and journal editorial and review panels. She was made a member of the Order of Australia for her work in diabetes and nursing in 2004 and is listed in Who’s Who of Australian Women in recognition of her contribution to nursing leadership.
An active researcher, Professor Dunning’s research program focuses on exploring various aspects of diabetes, particularly aspects of nursing management and the beliefs and
attitudes surrounding the disease and their affect on self-care, including medicine self-management. She has a particular interest in complementary therapies and quality use of medicines, and retains a clinical focus in all
Congratulations to Professor Dunning on yet another wonderful achievement.
The 2010 Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Awards were held on Thursday 28 October at the Olympic Room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Presented by Deakin University and Health Super, the annual Awards recognise inspiring nurses and midwives who have contributed to the profession and benefited the public by improving health service delivery, capacity and/or policy.
The Awards create awareness of the achievements of leaders in nursing, setting a standard to which future leaders in nursing may aspire. The awards also build leadership through research and education, mentoring and role modelling.
The 2010 Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Awards dinner, which was hosted by ABC Radio announcer Tonya Roberts, showcased the achievements of 16 short-listed applicants, culminating in the announcement of the 2010 winners. The audience heard from Health Super CEO Chris Clausen and Deakin University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander, about the significance of the awards and the work of nurses and Midwives in Australia.
A particular highlight of the night was special guest speaker, Peter Roberts, Australia’s only musical thanatologist. In this role Mr Roberts plays the harp at the bedside of patients in palliative care to ease their last days and offer relief and peace with their situation. After describing his rather unusual occupation and the pathway that lead him to his true calling, the room of over 250 people fell utterly silent and motionless as Mr Roberts stunned the audience with an almost mystical demonstration on the harp whilst images of premature babies scrolled on TV monitors above.
2010 Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Award winners
The Deakin – Health Super Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Award of $20 000
Awarded to Ms Robynne Cooke
Executive Director of Nursing
The Deakin University Leadership in Nursing/Midwifery Finalist Awards of $6000
Deakin – Health Super Award for Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Leadership in an Urban Health Care Environment
Ms Lynne Bickerstaff
Deakin – Health Super Award for Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Leadership in a Regional Health Care Environment
Ms Megan Holmes
TLC Aged Care
Deakin – Health Super Award for Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Leadership in a Rural Health Care Environment
Ms Therese Cotter
Certificate of Commendation
Dr Andrea Driscoll
Awarded for commendation in her studies towards her PhD
More information about Peter Roberts can be viewed here:
Overwhelmingly positive feedback was received for Mechanical Ventilation: A Breath of Fresh Air, an inaugural multidisciplinary critical care seminar led by Dr John Lambert (Director of Critical Care, Orange Health Service, Stream Leader of Intensive Care Services, Greater Western Area Health Service, NSW)and Dr Judy Currey (Course Coordinator, Critical Care Nursing). John’s presentations focused on novel conceptualisations of mechanical ventilation principles that allow contemporary ventilation modes and practices to be uniformly understood. Judy presented current evidence for weaning from mechanical ventilation, and Elizabeth Skinner (Senior ICU Physiotherapist, Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne) shared the value of mobilising critically ill patients for accelerating recovery.
Dr Lambert spoke first about ventilation and oxygenation failure before proceeding to discuss respiratory supports for these, and the 3T and Five Triads frameworks. Clinicians reported they gained new simple ways of understanding ventilation; educators gained novel and varied ways of explaining complex concepts. Evaluations were really positive for John Lambert’s ventilation frameworks. John’s mechanical ventilation practices and patient management strategies challenged attendees because his practices and patient outcomes, though no less evidence-based than those of the attendees, were anecdotally and experientially superior. Advanced applications of the 3T and Five Triads frameworks, along with patient management strategies of sedation and pain management will feature in the next Ventilation Seminar to be held in mid 2011 at Deakin University. In the meantime, Dr Lambert will be continuing to publish and research his ventilation work. We were honoured that Dr Lambert chose to share this information with a large national audience first at Deakin University.
Deakin University's School of Nursing and Midwifery warmly welcomes to the staff Associate Professor Alison Hutchinson. Associate Professor Hutchinson was appointed to the role of Associate Professor within the Cabrini-Deakin Centre for Nursing Research in January this year. This is a joint appointment between the Deakin School of Nursing and Midwifery and Cabrini Health. Associate Professor Hutchinson’s passion for promoting high-quality patient care has led to her ongoing pursuit of knowledge about how to facilitate the use of research evidence to guide the delivery of such care. She has a particular interest in the influences of the organisational context and interaction between health professionals on the use of research evidence in practice.
Prior to her appointment, Associate Professor Hutchinson spent over two years in Canada, working at the University of Alberta where she received competitive fellowship awards from a provincial and a national funding body to support her in undertaking postdoctoral research training. Associate Professor Hutchinson was involved in large-scale studies examining the role of organisational factors in influencing the use of best practice by health professionals working in paediatric and long-term care settings. In addition, she led a study to systematically review research that has been conducted to examine the influence of organisational characteristics on the use of research in practice. This review identified a wide range of organisational factors that have the potential to mediate research use by health professionals.
Associate Professor Hutchinson also leads a study exploring the feasibility and effectiveness of a mechanism to feed back research findings to healthcare aides working in long-term care.
Since commencing at the Cabrini-Deakin Centre for Nursing Research, Associate Professor Hutchinson has commenced a study to systematically review research that has examined the influence of interaction between health professionals on the use of research to guide patient care. With Professor Tracey Bucknall she has also commenced a study to evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention (an audit program and a mechanism to feed back audit results) to promote symptom documentation and management in palliative care.
Associate Professor Hutchinson commenced nursing in the early 1980s and has had a long and varied career in her chosen profession, having worked in clinical, management, education and research roles in tertiary, public and private hospital settings. Since her nursing training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital she has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in nursing, a Certificate of Midwifery, a Masters in Bioethics and a Doctor of Philosophy degree. We are very pleased to welcome her to Deakin University.
Bachelor of Nursing is open for Trimester 3 intake for Division 2 registered nurses.
Trimester 3 applications are open from Monday 2 August 2010 to 17 October 2010.
Applicantions for Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal – click on the link below.
School of Nursing and Midwifery Senior Lecturer, Dr Judy Currey, has been awarded Deakin University ‘Teacher of the Year’.
At the recent 2010 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards ceremony, Dr Currey received three prestigious awards acknowledging her outstanding contribution to teaching and learning and Deakin University:
• 2010 Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence
• 2010 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching
• 2010 WJC Banks Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning and Deakin University Teacher of the Year
Dr Currey is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, where she coordinates the postgraduate suite of critical care courses. She leads the critical care program in partnership with 24 Victorian and NSW health agencies. She has worked tirelessly in the development and implementation of these courses and her vision, enthusiasm, collegiality and expertise have led to the rapid growth of the courses (doubled enrolments in 2010), the highest course student evaluation scores in the University, and the introduction of the highly successful Team-Based Learning Program (TBL).
As the Senior Research Fellow in The Alfred/Deakin Nursing Research Centre, Dr Currey’s research is focused on nurses’ decision-making and managing clinical risk to optimise patient outcomes. Her teaching and learning scholarly work is focused on workforce development in terms of researching educational strategies to improve graduates’ skills, knowledge and attributes as critical care nurses.
Dr Currey is Chair of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses’ Research Advisory Panel, Chair of the International Society of Heart Lung Transplantation Research Council, and an editorial board member of Australian Critical Care and Progress in Transplantation.
Staff of the School of Nursing and Midwifery congratulate Dr Currey on these outstanding achievements.
The Holistic Health Project
This research explores students’ perceptions of obesity and body image in order to identify pathways for discussing and promoting body acceptance and holistic health. This is an exciting arts-based health promotion project in collaboration with the School of Communication and Creative Arts within the Faculty of Arts and Education.
A recent qualitative study funded by VicHealth, which considered the course of weight gain, loss and subsequent regain, found interesting and recurring themes from data provided by adult participants via a web-based survey. The findings suggested that a focus on holistic health (not simply weight-loss per se) is required, and that a radical shift from current mainstream approaches is needed to address weight-related concerns to promote healthy eating and active living. If you are a student engaged with the project and wish to access the study’s findings, see attachment.
The aim of this project is to identify and deconstruct the views of a student cohort (in comparison to the community-based sample) in relation to obesity and body image, and further explore the themes emerging of the previous research. The objectives are to:
a) Using previous research as a starting point, gain further insights regarding the social construction and dominant discourses associated with body types and health, as they relate to the self and others.
b) Analyse images generated by the students that contemplate influences that shape identity and to examine the ways in which the body is perceived and experienced.
c) Identify personal and social perspectives on obesity, health and body image.
A balanced and more health-promoting view is currently missing in mainstream discourses on obesity and body image, and so this project seeks input from Arts students to assist with disseminating the research findings that promote a useful view, as well as ascertain what the personal views on obesity and body image are for the student cohort engaging with the project.
By exploring students’ creative expressions of these themes, the findings will further inform future development of The Holistic Health Project, which seek to promote body acceptance via various formats, including audio-visual exhibitions, documentary format, educational toolkits for health promotion and publications such as reports and journal articles.
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Rasha Tayeh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Professor Megan-Jane Johnstone has been presented with a Merit Award from the Royal College of Nursing Australia.
The award is in recognition of merit for publication, and recognises Professor Johnstone's demonstrated excellence reflecting the ideals of nursing and professional nursing activities.
Congratulations to Professor Johnstone on her award.
The next Deakin University Obesity Prevention short course, hosted by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity prevention and the CO-OPS Collaboration of Community based Obesity Prevention sites will conduct their five day course from 28 June to 2 July 2010 at Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus.
Deakin University's School of Nursing and Midwifery is celebrating with Steve Voogt and Wolf Scheuermann who have recently been endorsed as Nurse Practitioners by the Nurses Board of Victoria. Graduates of Deakin University's Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner), Steve and Wolf undertook their clinical program at Northeast Health Wangaratta. Steve is Victoria’s first Nurse Practitioner in Aged Care and cares for older persons across the care continuum, while Wolf has been endorsed as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and is largely based in the emergency department caring for patients with mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression. There are over 80 000 Registered Nurses in Victoria, only 54 of whom are endorsed as Nurse Practitioners. We congratulate Wolf and Steve on this significant achievement after many years of hard work and wish them every success in their new roles.
In the image:
Mr Wolf Scheuermann
Nurse Practitioner Mental Health
Northeast Health Wangaratta
At its last meeting, the University Council approved the change of name of the School of Nursing to the ‘School of Nursing and Midwifery.’ This change reflects international recognition of midwifery as a separate discipline to nursing and will enable better recognition of the broad suite of courses offered by the School.
To learn more about the range of courses offered by the School, please visit the web site below.
Ms Rebecca Johns who undertook the Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice (Intensive Care) course in 2009 has been awarded a 2009 ACCCN Victoria Branch prize for the best graduate in the Deakin University postgraduate suit of critical care courses.
Medical Research Week will be conducted from 4-11 June 2010. A Student Research Symposium designed for all Victorian medical research students will be conducted on Thursday 10 June. Three tertiary careers information evenings will also be conducted; Tuesday 11 May, Wednesday 19 May and Wednesday 26 May.Website containing more information on Medical Research Week 4-11 June
Deakin University’s Institute of Koorie Education and the School of Nursing and Midwifery, with support from Diabetes Australia – Vic and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), are thrilled to offer the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education to Aboriginal health workers.
This initiative supports the Commonwealth Government’s pledge to ‘close the gap’ between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health outcomes and its commitment to ‘encourage more Indigenous people to take up careers as health professionals’.
Diabetes education is of vital importance to improving the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. To achieve this goal, it is critical that a strong Indigenous health workforce is developed in order to improve Indigenous health services and health outcomes in the long term.
Diabetes is prevalent in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and it is crucial that Aboriginal health workers are provided with the skills and expertise to advise their clients on best practice in diabetes management and prevention strategies.
Presented by Deakin University and Health Super, the 2009 Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Awards were held on Thursday 29 October at Hilton on The Park, in Melbourne.
The Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Awards is an annual event that recognises inspiring nurses and midwives who have contributed to the profession and benefited the public by improving health service delivery, capacity and/or policy.
These Awards create awareness of the achievements of leaders in nursing, setting a standard to which future leaders in nursing may aspire. The awards also build leadership through research and education, mentoring and role modelling.
The Awards dinner was hosted by entertaining and quick-witted Tonya Roberts, ABC Radio announcer, and featured special guest speaker Beth Wilson, Victorian Health Services Commissioner. Ms Wilson thrilled audience members with her wonderful, wildly entertaining and downright hilarious series of anecdotes and tales, not to mention her vocal rendition of ‘There ain’t no bugs on me’, during which she played a harmonica accompaniment and invited the audience to sing the choruses!
The most anticipated part of the night, however, was the announcement of the Award winners. The wonderful achievements of the nine finalists were showcased before the announcement of the four award winners.
The major award – the Deakin University and Health Super Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Award – is a $20 000 prize presented to a person who has made a significant contribution to the profession and benefited the community by improving health service, delivery, capacity or policy. Three finalist awards of $6000 were also presented to exceptional nurses or midwives working in urban, regional and rural health care.
A huge congratulations goes to the 2009 award winners:
$20 000 Deakin University and Health Super Leadership in Nursing and Midwifery Award
Ms Kath Riddell
Practice Development Manager
Peter James Centre and Wantirna Health
In recognition of outstanding leadership and commitment to the nursing and midwifery profession and the recipients of health care.
$6000 Finalist award for excellence in nursing and midwifery leadership in an urban health care environment
Ms Tanya Farrell
Director of Maternity Services
Royal Women’s Hospital
$6000 Finalist award for excellence in nursing and midwifery leadership in an urban health care environment
Mr Martin Cutter
Infection Control Coordinator
$6000 Finalist award for excellence in nursing and midwifery leadership in a rural health care environment
Ms Paula Touzeau
South West Healthcare, Warrnambool
Deakin University recognises Health Super as a highly significant and valuable partner that we hope to continue to work with long into the future. We would like to thank Health Super for its generous support of these Awards.
Health Super is an industry super fund dedicated to maximising the retirement savings of those who are employed in health and community services.
For more information about Health Super visit www.healthsuper.com.au
The Rural Allied Health Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme is open to individuals with a rural background studying various allied health disciplines. The scholarship provides $10,000 per annum to assist students with accommodation, living and travel expenses for the duration of their studies.
Applications for the 2010 academic year opened on 22nd September 2009 and close on 2nd November 2009.
The Nurse Scholarship Program is open for applications on 12 September 2009 and will close on 23 October 2009. The following schemes will be opening:
• Rural and Remote Undergraduate Scheme - for study in 2010
• Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Scheme – for study in 2010
• Continuing Professional Education Scheme for Rural and Remote Nurses – 2009 2nd Round
• National Nurse Re-entry Scheme – 2009 2nd Round
To access the application form or to make an enquiry, contact the scholarships office via email: email@example.com or free call number 1800 11 22 40.
In 2010 the Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust will be providing financial assistance for up to 65 students under many different scholarship schemes. All schemes help the selected children in need of the Australian veteran community with the costs of tertiary education. Applications close on 31 October 2009.
The School of Nursing and Midwifery is celebrating the success of two of its students, Jennifer Evans and Ming Wong, who have each had an article published in a scholarly nursing journal. Jennifer’s publication was based on an essay she wrote as part of a first year nursing unit assessment and discusses her findings about the prevalence of, risk factors for and consequences of medication errors in Australian hospitals and strategies for reducing these errors. Ming’s publication was co-authored with nursing academic Malcolm Elliott and explores the use of medical orders in acute care oxygen therapy. Congratulations to both of these students for their achievement and contribution to nursing scholarship.
Evans J (2009). The prevalence, risk factors, consequences and strategies for reducing medication errors in Australian hospitals: a literature review. Contemporary Nurse, 31(2), 176-189.
Wong, M. & Elliott, M. (2009). The use of medical orders in acute care oxygen therapy. British Journal of Nursing, 18(8), 462-464.
Nursing students in the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery are learning about caring for women during early pregnancy using the ‘Virtual Maternity Clinic’ (VMC). The VMC is a virtual learning environment developed to complement traditional teaching methods and clinical placements. The VMC uses Deakin Studies Online as a platform and includes video clips, avatars and interactive learning activities related to the health assessment of four women during early pregnancy.
The site aims to better prepare students in the art and science of providing evidence informed pregnancy care and increase their engagement in professional practice during their clinical placements.
The project members include Dr Diane Phillips, Professor Maxine Duke, Dr Cate Nagle, Ms Annie Hepner, Mr David O’Brien (Knowledge Media Division) and Ms Denise Patterson (Eastern Health). Other members of Knowledge Media Division involved in the development of the project include Mr Glenn McNolty, Mr Peter Lane and Mr Ian Fox.
New facilities for nursing students at the Geelong Waterfront Campus are now available thanks to the major refurbishment of the Dennys Lascelles Building. The official opening ceremony was conducted on Wednesday 10 June by The Hon. Lisa Neville MP, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Senior Victorians.
The second intake for the Return to Practice and initial Registration (Overseas Nurses) Course recently completed their 6 week theoretical component at Deakin University and began clinical experience at several hospitals from 13th July 2009. This course has been conducted for many years at Deakin's School of Nursing and Midwifery and is available to formerly registered Division 1 nurses who plan to return to practice, overseas qualified nurses who have permanent residency and nurses who apply from overseas seeking registration in Victoria. Most of these nurses have some years of experience and so are assets to the hospitals who will later employ them as Division 1 nurses.
If anyone is interested in undertaking this course, contact the Nurses Board of Victoria and then apply via Deakin International (for overseas applicants) or the Professional Development Unit (for permanent residents and local nurses returning to practice).
Breaking New Ground in Disability Service Provision: A National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to support all Australians with a Disability as well as their Carers
What will the launch of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) mean for Australia and the Geelong Region? What will it mean for all Australians and carers facing the daily challenges of disability in their life?
Mr David Bowen CEO
National Disability Insurance Agency
To discuss the three pillars that underpin the NDIS, how the National Disability Strategy fits into Australia’s obligations under the convention and a detailed discussion on why the NDIS is a significant economic as
well as a social reform.
Professor Susan Balandin
Chair in Disability and Inclusion, School of Health and
Social Development, Faculty of Health
To discuss the expertise and objectives of Disability at Deakin, the role of research and the importance of links between universities and communities in meeting the challenges of facilitating meaningful choice for groups of people with a disability
Ms Tina Gulino and Ms Krystyna Croft
(Speakers with the lived experience of disability)
Two Leading, Educating, Advocating for Disability members (LEAD)to speak about the lived experience of engagement with the NDIA- a spokesperson with a disability and a parent or carer of a person with a disability
Tuesday 29 July 2014
Time 4.00 to 5.30 pm
Venue Geelong Clinical School Lecture Theatre (behind Kitchener House) entry
from 285 Ryrie Street, Geelong
RSVP Email - Christopher Loughnan
Video link to Warrnambool: The Oration will be available for live viewing at Deakin University’s Warrnambool Campus Rm A.3.41
It is planned to film the Oration for viewing on YouTube.
You are invited to attend the final of the Deakin University 3 Minute Thesis competition.
Research students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic, in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.
Drinks and nibbles provided following the event
When: Tuesday 12 August
3.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Lecture Theatre 2
Melbourne Burwood Campus
RSVP Essential: 4 August to Brona O'Brien
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.
Wednesday 9 April 12.30-1.30 pm AEST Melbourne
Webinar presented by Associate Professor in Public Health Colin Bell, Deakin University School of Medicine.
In September 2011, UN member states convened for only the second time in history to discuss a health issue. The high-level meeting focused on the global burden of non-communicable diseases. Before the summit in New York, Ban Ki-moon described it as a 'chance to broker an international commitment that puts non-communicable disease high on the development agenda, where they belong'. Countries and UN agencies have already begun responding to the political declaration from the meeting but one of the critical issues is who is the workforce and are they adequately trained?
With insight's into health systems of countries in the Western Pacific from over four years working with the World Health Organization, Associate Professor Bell will give his perspective on building capacity to address NCDs globally and insights into innovations being introduced public health medicine training at Deakin Medical School that will better prepare students for responding to this disease burden.
This webinar is relevant for alumni of Deakin’s School of Medicine and current students plus public health academics and practitioners.
You will need to register to attend this webinar here
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.
As part of their Food Service Management placement in their Master of Dietetics program, Stephen Keenan and Claire Saundry put together a calcium flyer for the Geelong Meals on Wheels program.
The flyer includes information on calcium intake requirements for people aged 70+ and will be launched at the Geelong Meals on Wheels Meeting on Tuesday 25 March.
The School of Nursing and Midwifery's Professor Trisha Dunning AM will present the Professorial Address 'The secret life of a guideline' at the 2013 Annual World Diabetes Day.
When: Friday 15 November, 2–3 pm
Venue: The Auditorium, Kitchener House, Barwon Health
The Professorial Address will be followed by Refreshments.
Places are limited so please RSVP by Tuesday 12 November to Susan Streat at firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone (03) 42153453
Professor Julie Considine has been awarded the Julie Finucane OAM Medal for Leadership in Emergency Nursing for outstanding commitment to the leadership of the profession and discipline of Emergency Nursing, and to the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia. Professor Considine is Chair in Nursing, Eastern Health, and Director of the Eastern Health - Deakin University Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre. She is committed to increasing integration of research, education and clinical practice. Professor Considine has held clinical, education, and research roles in emergency nursing for more than two decades. She currently teaches in the postgraduate emergency and critical care nursing courses and the Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) at Deakin University. Professor Considine’s research is aimed at improving the quality and safety of patient care by optimising clinical decision-making, use of research evidence in practice, and ensuring effective models of service delivery. She is Deputy Editor of the Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia representative and Basic Life Support Convenor for the Australian Resuscitation Council, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia. We warmly congratulate Professor Considine for receiving this leadership award.
Deakin University, Department of Health and Department of Human Services Strategic Alliance (Barwon-South West) presents the Peter Quail Oration 2013: Where next for prevention of chronic disease?
Scaling up from community-based obesity prevention
in schools to whole populations.
Dr Steven Allender, Professor of Public Health and Co-Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University, will be the guest speaker at the oration.
The oration will take place on Tuesday 22 October 2013
at the Percy Baxter Lecture Theatre, Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus
The oration will be available for live viewing in room B3.03 at the Warrnambool Campus.
RSVP to Christopher Loughnan at email@example.com
This interactive workshop will equip current Clinical Nurse Educators, facilitators,preceptors
and nurses interested in clinical education with theskills and knowledge required to facilitate effective learning in nursing students. Utilising principles of
adult and self-directed learning, participants will learn strategies to motivate students, encourage
independent learning, provide targeted feedback and assess students consistent with the ANMC
Morning tea and lunch included.
Deakin sessional staff member or current clinical facilitators/preceptors: Free of Charge
Employed within a Deakin Partnership Health Care Service: $80.00
All other registrations: $120.00
Agricultural Health and Medicine 2014
ENROLMENTS NOW OPEN!
Cross - Sector collaboration CAN make a difference to farming communities.
Farm men, women, agricultural workers and their families are slowly gaining an awareness of their health, wellbeing and safety risks. Be a part of the change!
“I was very excited to find a course that could combine my knowledge and skills from nursing and my interests in the agricultural industry, and provide me with a solid post graduate qualification.” Mathew Pigram, 2013 scholarship recipient
Clinical nurse specialist, Alice Springs
The Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Health and Medicine H522 is delivered at a postgraduate level through Deakin University, School of Medicine and aims to address the drought of agricultural health knowledge and improve service delivery and professional understanding for farming communities – your communities.
The core unit of Agricultural Health and Medicine HMF701 will be offered as a five-day intensive in Hamilton, Victoria on February 24th - 28th 2014.
The five-day intensive curriculum will ensure students increase their knowledge about agricultural medicine and co-morbidities, including respiratory health, common cancers and traumatic injuries, issues associated with mental health such as suicide and addiction, as well as external health hazards typical to the industry, such as pesticide and veterinary chemical use. Importantly, students will gain a greater understanding about what is needed for effective health provision in Australia’s agricultural industries.
By studying Agricultural Health and Medicine HMF701 (as a postgraduate course or a single unit) you will become part of the next generation of agricultural and health leaders (nurses, doctors, veterinarians, farmers and agricultural professionals) who understand the value of multidisciplinary collaboration and can make a difference in rural communities. HMF701 is also the prerequisite for eligible health professionals wishing to become AgriSafe™ clinicians.
Scholarships are now available for HMF701 and are aimed to financially assist people who do not have access to financial support from either their workplace or other funding agencies. Applicants must be enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Agricultural Health and Medicine H522 to be eligible for a scholarship. Scholarship applications close November 24th, 2013.
For further information on how to apply visit www.deakin.edu.au
For more information on Agricultural Health and Medicine and scholarships go to www.farmerhealth.org.au or contact Unit Chair, Clinical Associate Professor Susan Brumby on 03 5551 8533
Tickets to NOMAD's dinner discussion night, to be held on 20 September at 6.30pm at Truffleduck, are now available from http://www.trybooking.com/DKWQ/
NOMAD and DUSA members $25
NOMAD members $30
non-NOMAD members $35
Applications for the allied health component of the 2014 Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS)and will close 15 October 2013.
There are thee scholarship streams:
Continuing Professional Development Scholarship
Clinical Psychology Scholarship
For more information on these scholarships, please visit Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health website http://www.sarrah.org.au/site/index.cfm/
My 4th year thesis students need some help with recruiting more participants, and I’m hoping you might be able to assist. They have all been working very hard on recruitment, but are struggling to get the required numbers and time is running out.
There are three projects, all related to examining the effects on cravings of a range of simple, self-administered techniques.
The research projects and target groups are:
1.Food cravings: participants with a BMI over 30(Burwood).
2.Food cravings: Newish mothers, those who have given birth within the last year(Greater Melbourne).
Nicole and Ruth can do the research at your home if preferred.
Contact: Nicole: 0438 010 459, or Ruth: 0410 534 044
3.Cigarette cravings: participants smoking 10+ cigarettes a day
(Geelong and Burwood).
Contact: Katherine Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Craving Study
How you could help, if willing...
Please save the date for NOMAD's Dinner Discussion Night.
The event will take place on Friday 20 September at 6.30pm at the Truffleduck in Fyansford.
More information will be available closer to the date so watch this space.
If you'd like to find out more about NOMAD, please visit their website: https://nomad.nrhsn.org.au/
I am seeking mothers of 12 to 36 month old (1-3 year old) toddlers!
If this is you, I would like to extend an invitation for you to take part in a study that I am currently conducting. To be eligible you must be able to speak/read/write fluent English, be with your child most of the day on at least 4 days/week and your child must be walking independently. Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone else you know who may be interested.
The Mother and Child Physical Activity (MACPAC) study that we are conducting aims to examine mothers and children’s physical activity across different periods of the day and to identify some of the things that influence young children’s physical activity.
Your involvement would be as follows:
We will ask you and your child to wear an activity monitor for one week. The activity monitors are small, lightweight devices that are worn around your waist (over or under clothing) and measure movement. We’ve used these monitors on thousands of adults and children as young as 18-months old in our research institute over a number of years.
We will ask you to fill out an online survey that should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. This survey will ask for some background information (age, education, etc.), your thoughts about physical activity and some of the things that you do with your child.
Height & Weight:
Finally, we will measure the height and weight of you and your child. These measurements will be done in private by trained research staff and all measurements will be kept confidential.
All participants will receive a $10 voucher for their time.
For more information about the study, please contact Jill Hnatiuk at email@example.com or 03 9251 7262.
Congratulations Kim Anderson and Alex Head on winning the Faculty of Health 3MT Semi-Final, held on Thursday 27 June. The standard of presentations this year was extremely high and the judges had a difficult decision selecting the winners. Congratulations also to all the Faculty of Health HDR students who participated in the school heats and faculty semi-final.
Kim Anderson is a PhD candidate in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences supervised by Dr Torie Foletta. Her thesis title is “The regulation and function of NDRG2 in skeletal muscle."
Alex Head is a PhD candidate in the School of Psychology supervised by Associate Professor Jane McGillivray. Her thesis title is “The Female Profile of Autism."
The Faculty of Health also encourages you to attend the final of the Deakin University 3 Minute Thesis competition to support Kim and Alex, which will take place on Thursday 18 July 2013.
Deakin University 3 Minute thesis competition Final
Drinks and nibbles provided following the event:
Thursday 18th July 2013
3.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Geelong Performing Arts Centre, (Drama Theatre)
50 Little Malop Street
Geelong VIC 3220
RSVP by 11th July 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brought to you by NOMAD (Deakin), WILDFIRE (Monash) & OUTLOOK (Melbourne) Rural Health Clubs.
Are you interested in a career in rural health? Do you want to know what a career in rural health would involve? Are you keen to learn/practice some clinical skills?
Come along to the Rural Health Careers Day to learn about some of the exciting experiences on offer in rural health, learn some new clinical skills and enjoy a 3 course lunch with fantastic guest speakers.
The day includes:
• A rural career information session for nursing and medical students
• An expo of health organisations to answer all of your questions about rural careers
• A 3 course lunch with fantastic guest speakers
• A clinical skills sessions on plastering and suturing with experienced rural GPs
• A certificate of participation will be awarded to all participants.
Venue - Deakin Waterfront Campus, 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong
D2.194 + D2.193
Book now! Tickets only $10.00
Inquiries - email@example.com
MIPS, Avant and MDA National
Come join the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN)for a free seminar on solutions to obesity on the community. A focus on primary care.
This seminar will endeavour to educate you on consumer's attitudes and beliefs for nutrition and physical activity, address how parents support healthy behaviours and lifestyles and challenges and opportunities in obesity prevention and care.
When and where:
Monday 15 July 2013
Venue: Deakin University Melbourne City Centre
Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Places are limited. Please RSVP by Friday 5 July 2013 to:
Online registration: deakin.edu.au/health/cpan
Concerned about your health? Unsure about where to start? Do you just need some help?
The Life! program at Deakin University might be just what you need!
You will receive one individual health coaching session followed by five group sessions to help you with the following areas:
Shane is a local Bourke and Far West New South Wales Medical Local Aboriginal Health Worker. He has been employed in this position for the past five years.
He has always had a passion for primary health and when he had the opportunity to further his studies at Deakin, he quickly got on board!
'The main reason for completing this course was because I see a lot of my people living with Diabetes and the impacts of having it. I feel as though I can help reduce the numbers through education and programs.'
Congratulations Shane Boney on his successful completion on the graduate certificate in Diabetes Education at Deakin University.
Maggots at Deakin's Waurn Ponds campus will be put to work on Bairnsdale ulcer wounds, to eat away dead flesh and improve healing in a pilot study being developed with Barwon Health.
Deakin microbiologist and researcher Dr Melanie Thomson yesterday said maggot use was just one olden-day remedy that could be employed in the apocalyptic age of antibiotic resistance and superbugs.
From the Geelong Advertiser
Geelong Advertiser - Old therapy may heal wounds
Deakin University’s rural health club, Nursing, Occupational Health, Medicine and Allied Health at Deakin (NOMAD), are heading on a tour of wineries on the Bellarine Peninsula with lunch at Terindah Estate.
Special guests, Dr Ashraf Takla and his wife, Annalaise, a local GP and radiographer from Boort in north-west Victoria, have been invited to attend to talk about their careers in a rural township.
The bus will depart at 9am on Saturday 20 April from the Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus. Tickets are limited and are only available to NOMAD members, so make sure you secure your place. For more information on the tour, please contact NOMAD via their Facebook page
New members are always welcome to join NOMAD – please visit their website to find out how:
Congratulations to Simon Hume and Adrian Luscombe from NOMAD, Deakin University’s rural health club, for being invited to participate in the Top End Rural High School Visits Program 2013.
The program takes place in the Northern Territory, running from Saturday 27 April to Saturday 4 May and aims to promote further education and health career opportunities to high school students via workshops.
NOMAD is Deakin University’s rural health club and is open to students studying in Faculty of Health. More information on NOMAD, including how to join, can be found at https://nomad.nrhsn.org.au
'Deakin Open Wireless' is being turned off - connect to Eduroam.
The ‘Deakin Open Wireless’ pilot is now complete, and an evaluation of the service will be done for future wireless solutions.
As a Deakin University student or staff member, use your username and password to connect to Deakin's wireless network, Eduroam - a far superior wireless service. Go on, you're worth it!
Easy to use connection videos available here.
At the Nursing and Midwifery information evening, you will learn about the undergraduate courses:
Michelle Fitzgerald completed the Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) course at Deakin University in 2011. As a registered Nurse Practitioner (NP) Michelle is authorised to practice both autonomously and collaboratively in an advanced and extended clinical role that includes prescribing medications, referring patients for further investigations and implementing other management strategies within her specialty area.
Michelle believes that embarking on her journey to become a Cosmetic Nurse Practitioner by enrolling in the Masters of Nursing Practice at Deakin University was one of the best decisions she has made. We congratulate Michelle on this great personal and professional achievement.
Find out more on becoming a Nurse Practitioner.
Called Deakin On Timor, the newly opened site, is based in the historic Regal Cafe building owned by the city council.
It includes spaces for meetings for students and lecturers, a functions room, boardroom and corporate lounge. There is on site staff providing course advice and general information.
The University also provides free wi-fi access for students and staff using the adjacent Civic Green.
“Imagine our Deakin students scattered across the Civic Green using their laptops courtesy of the free wi-fi,” head of the Warrnambool campus Professor Greg Wood said.
“It contributes to Warrnambool’s vision of being recognised as a smart city and builds on the city’s cultural and education precinct.
“Students and lecturers will be able to strengthen connections with our community partners,” he said.
Deakin last had a CBD presence about 20 years ago.
Although the building will no longer be a public cafe it will have coffee facilities for students. It will be staffed by co-ordinator Anna O’Keeffe, part-time co-ordinator Sarah Evans and community relations manager Geraldine Moloney.
So if you are planning a trip to visit Warrnambool or going there for work, pop into the centre and see what it's all about.
A new initiative for 2012, Deakin hopes to have at least 350 Deakin staff members giving to our community partners or scholarships or research programs through the Workplace giving program.
Have a look at the video. How many staff members do you know?
Deakin eSolutions has improved and simplified the way we access IT resources remotely.
When you need to access a resource which is not available, there is the Deakin VPN.
The previous VPN was frequently blocked by hotel firewalls and conference venues becoming unreliable. As a result Deakin has upgraded to a Deakin Secure Access SSL VPN solution.
Your new VPN has been automatically pushed out to your Deakin Desktop. Once it is installed you can connect to the new SSL VPN using your Deakin username and password.
For laptops that do not operate with the Deakin Desktop image, the software is available for download via the Deakin Software Library, Apple iStore and Google Play.
The current VPN will be phased out in January 2013.
A help sheet on using the client has been made available here.
Deakin University has compiled images from across the Faculties. You can access this image repository, look through the different libraries and request the use of an image.
Deakin image library
What a fantastic outcome for the 2012 service awards! These awards were presented by our PVC - Health, Brendan Crotty, across the different campuses, in recognition for staff members' years of service and great support to Deakin University.
Awards by area of employment:
PVC's Office - Health
20 years awards
The School of Psychology would like to invite you to a seminar by international guest speaker, Dr Bruce Avolio.
In this presentation, Dr Avolio will discuss the leadership systems we traditionally have, from the inside out.
Details: Monday 3 December, 10am - 1pm, Burwood Campus, hd3.008.
Congratulations to Professor Trisha Dunning, on the successful publication of her new book, Diabetes Education: Art, Science and Evidence.
Professor Dunning will be presenting the launch of her new book at the 2012 Annual World Diabetes Day Professional Lecture, on Friday 16 November.
More information on the 2012 Annual World Diabetes Day Professional Lecture
Not sure of some of the Deakin's style? Or where to find out about templates? Who should you contact for help? You will find helpful information and answers to these questions and more. Please note: You will need an active Deakin staff member log in to view this publication.Website containing more information on Faculty of Health Marketing Reference guide
Deakin University has won 14 awards from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
Deakin was awarded 10 Project Grants, 3 Fellowships and 1 Equipment Grant:
PROJECT GRANTS (10 awards – 2 less than last year )
Now in its 8th amazing year and for the first time in Melbourne, Happiness & Its Causes is the world's leading forum examining the varied causes of a happy and meaningful life. Join special guest His Holiness the Dalai Lama and 35+ amazing speakers in a fascinating exploration of human happiness and wellbeing.
If you're interested in exploring the following questions ...
Why are we here? How can we be happy? How should we live?
... then you'll thoroughly enjoy this extraordinary event!
Hear from the world’s leading speakers in science, education, psychology, economics, spirituality and the arts including:
• His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
• Professor Ed Diener, USA, pioneering psychologist and world’s foremost expert on the science of happiness and life satisfaction
• Dr Helen Fisher, USA, renowned anthropologist and leading expert on romantic love
• Professor Carol Dweck, USA, acclaimed psychologist and researcher in the field of motivation
• Linda Lantieri, USA, pioneering educator and expert in social and emotional learning
• Carl Honoré, UK, leading proponent of the Slow Movement and award winning journalist
• Michael Leunig, much loved cartoonist, philosopher, poet, artist and Australian National Living Treasure
• Clare Bowditch, Aria award winning Melbourne singer and songwriter
• Nigel Westlake, one of Australia’s foremost composers
35+ SPEAKERS 2000+ DELEGATES
THE EARLIER YOU BOOK, THE MORE YOU SAVE!
Book before 21 December and save $200 off the full 2 day conference fee and $340 off the full gold pass fee!
PLUS our members and contacts are eligible for a further 10% discount on all fees.
Book online using promotion code ELBM or call (02) 8719 5118 to register and save up to $490.
Note: In addition to the two day conference, there are 9 workshops on offer which are bookable separately or as part of a gold pass. Your 10% member discount applies to all workshops also.
'Awwwards are the awards that recognize and promote the talent and effort of the best developers, designers and web agencies in the world.'awwwards.com.
Have a vote for your university and help raise awareness of the efforts of our staff members for creating this site.
Every vote counts. You can register, or vote through your Facebook, Google or Yahoo accounts.
Inner Melbourne families, with young children, are found to be more community focused than their outer suburb counter-part families.
The research, run by researchers in the School of Health and Social Development, shed light on a crucial difference between inner and outer suburb families; inner city families developed community friendships through incidental meetings, where outer suburb families meet friends through organised services, such as a kindergarten or play group.
''The inner city women drew quite heavily on their neighbours as a support for helping them to raise their children,'' said Dr Fiona Andrews. ''However, that wasn't the case for the outer suburban women … they tended to draw much more from organised groups to get support.''
While inner suburbs families relied on public spaces for social interaction, outer families tend to use their car more, which impacted the opportunities for coincidental meetings with neighbours.
The study also discovered that fathers who lived in inner-city locations were more involved in the care of their children than those in outer areas, due in part to the shorter commute time to and from work.
''Outer suburban women had a lot less involvement from their partners and a lot of that had to do with the distance that men had to travel to work,'' said Dr Andrews. ''They often had to leave for work earlier and they got home later, often after children were in bed.''
The research findings were presented at the Australian Institute of Family Studies conference 2012.
Three weeks in the Philippines provided a wonderful opportunity for a group of second and third year nursing and midwifery students to enhance their understanding of cross-cultural health and nursing care in February 2012. The tour was designed to link students with policy makers, healthcare workers, health consumers and health agencies in the Philippines. Students also participated in fieldwork and clinical practicum activities during the study tour.
Keeping a reflective journal was a requirement for participation in the study tour. Charlotte Malon, a third-year student at the Melbourne Burwood Campus, shares one of her journal entries:
‘Reflecting on the whole tour I feel like I got so much out of it personally, as well as professionally for my future career as a nurse and midwife. The tour gave me a great insight into the Filipino health system and gave me a great appreciation for cultural differences in healthcare and the importance of cultural sensitivity. I felt my nursing assessment skills, health promotion and patient education skills improved out of sight. I am aware that my confidence in my own knowledge and skills have definitely improved and this has helped me to realise my passion and provided me with motivation to keep working hard and gain as much experience as possible. The challenging times were probably the moments when I learnt the most about myself and others.’
In August and September last year, the Faculty of Health collected donations to go to The Chitra Lane Organisation (www.chitralane.org). Chitra Lane was founded in 1968 in Colombo in Sri Lanka as a school for children with special needs. From humble beginnings when the school started with just two children, it now reaches out to over 2000 children and young adults annually across Sri Lanka, providing much needed services and facilities for the early detection and intervention of disabilities.
The Faculty donated educational equipment, toys stationery and money to go towards Chitra Lane’s special education, language development and creative arts programmes. The donation was a wonderful Christmas present for the many children with special needs that The Chitra Lane School for the Special Child helps across Sri Lanka. The Faculty would like to offer its sincere thanks to everyone who donated to this very worthy cause.
Professor Trisha Dunning, of Deakin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery (Inaugural Chair in Nursing – Deakin
University and Barwon Health), has recently been elected onto the International Diabetes
Federation (IDF) Executive Board of Management as one of 12 Vice-Presidents for the global IDF.
This prestigious three-year appointment is a tremendous acknowledgement and recognition
of Professor Dunning’s contribution and commitment to diabetes clinical practice, education
and research. The appointment also holds particular importance in the recognition of Australian
diabetes education, practice and research at an international level. Professor Dunning’s
appointment to the position has the potential to influence diabetes education worldwide as she
will be chairing the IDF Consultative Section on Diabetes Education.
The International Diabetes Federation is an umbrella organisation of over 200 national diabetes
associations in over 160 countries and represents the interests of the growing number of people
with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation is engaged in action to tackle diabetes from the
local to the global level and is associated with the United Nations Department of Information and is
in official relations with WHO and the Pan American Health Organization.
It is indeed timely that Professor Dunning’s appointment to the IDF Executive Board of Management came just before World Diabetes Day on November 14, for which Professor Dunning conducted two local events on Friday 13 November:
• A public Lecture: People, pets and diabetes. Presented by Professor Dunning and local Geelong veterinarian and radio personality Dr Jack Ayerbe at The National Wool Museum, Geelong.
• An annual professorial lecture Self-care: empowering people with diabetes. Presented by Professor Dunning at Kitchener House, Barwon Health.
School of Nursing and Midwifery staff member Dr Julie Considine is part of the team awarded one of the recently announced NHMRC H1N1 fast-tracked research projects. The aim of these grants is to ensure the Australian Government's response to H1N1 is based on the most up-to-date information available. The aim of the study 'Emergency Department impact and patient profile of H1N1 Influenza 09 outbreak in Australia: A national survey' is to describe the impact and clinical profile of patients presenting to Emergency Departments with flu like illness throughout Australia during the recent H1N1 Influenza outbreak so as to inform future policy, planning and response management.
Congratulations to Berni Murphy from the School of Health and Social Development on receiving not one but three well deserved teaching awards:
* 2009 Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence
* 2009 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching
* 2009 WJC Banks Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning and Deakin University Teacher of the Year.
Other recipients include:
* Dr Diane Phillips - Teaching Excellence
* Dr Lynne Riddell - Teaching Excellence
* Dr Nicky Konstantopoulos - Research Excellence
* Dr Aaron Russell - Research Excellence
* Dr Karen Campbell - Outstanding Contribution to Research: Early Career Researcher
* Professor Joseph Graffam - Outstanding Contribution to 'People, Culture and Change'
Congratulations to the following staff who were awarded citations from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
* Associate Professor Bernie Marshall - Creating conditions that nurture and inspire teaching and learning excellence.
* Dr Greg Tooley, Ms Susie Macfarlane, Associate Professor Alex Mussap - Transformation of the teaching approach in the School of Psychology through redevelopment of content, delivery and student and staff engagement into a model of excellence.
Each Citation recognises recipients' contribution to quality teaching and learning, and commitment to improving the overall student experience. Awardees also receive a grant of $10,000 which may be used to advance their work on teaching and learning. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on 10 August.
The new course Master of Social Work, H703 is now active, commencing 1st January 2010 having received Council approval at the June meeting. The course will be offered OFF campus only to Domestic and International students.Website containing more information on Master of Social Work to commence January 2010
Study Tour 20 June 09 – 5 July 09
Twenty-eight School of Nursing and Midwifery students have recently returned from a two week study tour to Thailand. The tour was arranged in collaboration with the Faculty of Nursing, Mahidol University in Bangkok. The focus of the tour was the Thai health care system with particular emphasis on community health, traditional Thai medicine, Thai culture, society and language. The students undertook visits to a number of health agencies, public and private hospitals in Bangkok and in the provinces, cultural sites, community health centres, the Ministry of Public Health and the Institute of Traditional Thai Medicine. Each Deakin student had at least one Thai buddy nurse assigned to them during their stay, the Thai buddy nurses were members of the Faculty of Nursing English Club and used the opportunity to improve their English language skills.
Included in the tour was a home-stay visit in Samutsonkhram Province where students stayed in a traditional teak house located on the canal and visited the floating markets. In addition to the site visits and lectures the students entertained two groups of elderly citizens with Australian songs and a quiz, learnt a Thai dance did exercise sessions with the Elderly Club members, socialised with their Thai buddies, learnt how to weave with bamboo and experienced traditional Thai massage.
The tour is currently being evaluated and the School is hoping that it becomes an annual event. The feedback to date has been extremely positive from students and staff. The students all indicated that they had learnt a lot about Thailand, the Thai Health Care System, Thai Traditional Medicine, in addition to how to work as a team, skills needed to travel in a group and importantly how to bargain for their shopping in the many markets in Bangkok.
Deakin University Open Days 2009
Sunday 9th August
10am - 3pm
Sunday 16th August
10am - 2pm
Sunday 23rd August
10am - 4pm
Melbourne Campus at Burwood
Aiming to work in the field of Occupational Therapy? Interested in speaking with current students and graduates? Come to the Deakin University information evening, giving you the opportunity to speak with representatives from the faculty, find out about job prospects, and learn all you need to know about studying Occupational Therapy.
When: Wednesday 17 September, commencing at 7pm
Where: Emmanuel College, St Paul’s Campus,
Cnr Blackshaws and Chambers Road, Altona North (MEL ref 54K1)
Contact Andrea Turley on 5227 2444 for further enquiries
Are you interested in studying Nursing? Come to the Deakin University Nursing Information Evening at the Geelong Waterfront Campus. Take the opportunity to speak with current students, graduates, and representatives from the faculty. View the fantastic facilities and experience the atmosphere of studying in the heart of Geelong.
When: Wednesday 17 September, commencing at 7pm
Where: Deakin University – Geelong Waterfront Campus
Contact: Andrea Turley on 5227 2444 for further enquiries.
The Deakin University Leadership in Nursing Awards in partnership with Health Super will be held on Thursday 16 October at the Park Hyatt at the conclusion of the one-day Deakin University 2008 Nursing conference ‘Clinical Leadership in Nursing: Evolving Change in Climate’.
The awards night will be an annual event that recognises nurses who have contributed to the profession and benefited the public by improving health service delivery, capacity and/or policy. These awards aim to recognise leadership in nursing, setting a standard to which future leaders in nursing may aspire by creating awareness of the achievements of leaders.
The one-day conference ‘Clinical Leadership in Nursing: Evolving Change in Climate’ will showcase knowledge development and knowledge translation research and explore notions of clinical leadership.
In February Ms Vanessa Brotto and Mr Julian Pearce, from the School of Nursing, were inducted into the College of Distinguished Deakin Educators in recognition of their contribution to outstanding teaching with the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences. Congratulations to both Vanessa and Julian on this great achievement.
Australia’s first teaching nursing home will be established in Melbourne this year. Teaching nursing homes developed internationally, largely in the USA from 1985, to improve the experience of student nurses on clinical placements in aged care; and to encourage graduates into the sector by close affiliations between universities and aged care facilities.
The two year project, supported by a $307,000 ANZ trustees grant, is a partnership between Deakin University and Southern Health Nursing Research Centre in Australia. The project is broader and expands on the teaching nursing home
concept, Deakin University professor and project lead professor Bev O’Connell said.
While the teaching nursing home concept is largely based on improving nursing students’ experiences in aged care, the Australian project will also focus on the development and support of existing staff in aged care facilities and develop materials on best standards of practice.
Professor O’Connell said the project aims to raise the profile of aged care and provide professional development for staff in the sector who have been neglected. “Adequate education and training of staff has not been occurring in aged care and it is becoming an isolated sector. It is an
important and complex area that requires development. “Not only do some students have a poor experience on clinical placement in residential aged care, but often we cannot send them to some facilities as we know they will not have a positive learning experience. The staff themselves are not
supported or developed. We cannot just blame the aged care sector we have to invest long term in its development.”
The teaching nursing home will be based at a new 100-bed high and low residential aged care facility in Doveton, Melbourne. In the first eight months materials such as workshop manuals, best practice guides, clinical leadership models and change champions will be developed, followed
by teaching of staff at other aged care facilities and evaluation of resident outcomes. “We will deliver standards of care, exemplars of practice, an easy to use best practice guide resource and develop leaders,” professor O’Connell said.
Aged care staff will be consulted as to areas of weakness in their facilities and for exemplar models of care.
Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Thursday 8 May, 6.15pm, Lecture Theatre 12, Building X
Health Sciences and Public Health and Health Promotion
Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Thursday 15 May, 6.00pm, Lecture Theatre 12, Building X
Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Thursday 8 May, 7.30pm, Lecture Theatre 12, Building X
Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Thursday 22 May, 6.00pm, Lecture Theatre 12, Building X
Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds, Wednesday 21 May, 6.00pm, Building ka3.406
Warrnambool Campus, Tuesday 20 May, 5.30pm, Building J2.01
Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Wednesday 30 July, 6.00pm, Lecture Theatre 1, Building I
Warrnambool Campus, Friday 18 July, 7.30pm, J2.01
Geelong Waterfront Campus, Thursday 10 July, 6.00pm,
Percy Baxter Theatre
Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Wednesday 7 May, 6.00pm, Lecture Theatre 13, Building HE
Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds
Tuesday 6 May, 6.30 - 7.30pm
Lecture Theatre 1
Ballarat Base Hospital, Drummond Street, Ballarat
Thursday 8 May, 6.00 - 8.30pm,
Ballarat Hospital Education and Resource Centre
More course information on each of these areas will be available at university Open Days
Geelong Campuses, 10 August 2008
Warrnambool Campuses, 17 August 2008
Melbourne Campus at Burwood, 24 August 2008
For more information please contact:
Deakin University, Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences
Faculty Student Centre
Phone: 03 9251 7777
Or visit www.deakin.edu.au/hmnbs
Attention students and supervisors involved in Honours, Masters by Coursework and Graduate Diplomas who are conducting human research projects
you are required to submit your DUHREC ethics final report / annual report / extension to the DUHREC HMNBS Subcommittee.
The direct web link to the form is:
Final/annual/extension DUHREC ethics report forms are due by November 20 2007. Early submissions would be appreciated.
Please complete the report and forward to:
Manager, Collaborative Programs & Research
Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences
221 Burwood Highway
On Saturday 13 October the Barwon River in Geelong will come alive with corporate crews competing in the 2007 Alcoa Australian Corporate Head of the River, which raises money for Geelong's United Way and Melbourne's Lord Mayor's Charitable Trust to help support health and human organisations.
Two novice crews from the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences have been training hard over 4 weeks and will be competing this year: "Float Your Boat" from Burwood, and "Oarsomely Healthy" from Geelong.
So, come on down to the river to cheer on the Deakin staff and students in this 10th anniversary event: a lot of laughs, a fun family day including food, drinks, water show extravaganza, and fireworks ... to say nothing of the rowing!!
3rd Annual Collaborative Research School for Higher Degree Students in Nursing
Victorian and Tasmanian Deans of Nursing and Midwifery
For participants this Research School will:
The Deakin University Leadership in Nursing Awards program is an annual event that recognises nurses who have contributed to the profession and benefited the public by improving health service delivery, capacity and/or policy.
The inaugural Leadership in Nursing Award was presented at a gala dinner with guest speaker Hon Joan Kirner AM on Thursday May 3, 2007.