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The School of Nursing and Midwifery is a leading example of collaborative partnerships. The School's Clinical Partnership Program connects it to eight health care organisations in the public and private sector and in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas of Victoria.
The goal of this innovative program is to facilitate clinical multidisciplinary research. The program enables research to be strategically focussed in areas of clinical importance to the health care field. These alliances facilitate major multi-site clinical trials to be undertaken and provide a base for national and international involvement.
Each partner health care organisation has a joint appointment with the School of Nursing and Midwifery in the form of either a Professor of Clinical Nursing or a Senior Research Fellow. This model facilitates research and relates the School's education offerings to specific health care needs of the community.
Many of the courses offered in the Faculty of Health requires students to undertake a student placement in a host organisation. Placements can take many forms from student practicums through to clinical placements in hospitals or other health care agencies that form a large part of the degree, such as those within the nursing or medicine courses.
Our partners facilitate placements and provide students with exposure to real life situations. Several hundred partner organisations provide placements for the Faculty's students in Melbourne, rural and regional Victoria, interstate, as well as internationally.
Many of our partners are members of the Faculty's course advisory boards. This allows Deakin and the partner organisation to share industry knowledge and have input to course development processes.
For the Faculty, this involvement means our courses are relevant and responsive to the community's and industry's needs.