NMBA Development of Midwife standards for practice

We are excited to announce that the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has appointed Deakin University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery to lead the project to review and develop the Midwifery Standards for Practice.


Congratulations to Professor Mari Botti - Member of the Order of Australia

Congratulations to Professor Mari Botti, who in the Australia Day 2016 honours list has been appointed a Member of the Order (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. Mari was honoured for outstanding achievement and service to nursing education and research, in particular her pain management research.

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World Leaders in Research

The Australian Research Council (ARC) recently released the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 evaluations. The School of Nursing and Midwifery is excited to announce that Deakin University's Nursing Research achieved a 4 and is considered to be above world standard.

Bhutan Study Tour 2015

A group of 13 second year nursing and midwifery students have just arrived home after an incredible two week study tour to the Kingdom of Bhutan, a landlocked Buddhist nation in the eastern Himalayas. The study tour was designed to give the students an international perspective on nursing and midwifery and increase their understanding of culturally sensitive healthcare.


Mental Health Nursing: This is our story

Associate Professor Natisha Sands’ new documentary "Mental Health Nursing: This is our story" was recently launched at the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Conference as part of Mental Health Week, 4-10 October 2015. This film shows a range of mental health nurses and nursing students speaking about their role and their practice in mental health nursing. View the documentary at


Give Them Wings scholarship win

First-year Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery students Grace Thompson and Nikita Bell have recently been awarded a prestigious 2015 Give Them Wings scholarship provided by the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria in partnership with Rural Health Workforce Australia.


2015 Thai Study Tour

Twenty four students and two staff members have just returned from the 2015 study tour to Thailand. The Study Tour was designed to provide nursing students with the opportunity to enhance their understanding of cross-cultural health and nursing care. Participants undertook a variety of activities in Bangkok, Klong Yai, Lampang and Chiang Mai.

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Laughter Yoga

Professor Paul Bennett's latest exploration into improving the health and wellbeing of dialysis patients has everyone in stitches.


Exercise on Dialysis

Professor Paul Bennett believes that time on dialysis doesn't have to be downtime. With the generous support of Deakin University and Kidney Health Australia, Professor Bennett has developed an innovative resource pack for patients and health professionals aimed at improving strength and health of dialysis patients.

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Evaluation of an Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Program for Midwives

Dr Maureen Miles collaborated with the Perinatal Mental Health Team (Monash University) that successfully won a Department of Health tender to educate midwives. This work has been presented recently in an article that was published in the June 2015 edition of ANMJ. The article titled 'Evaluation of an advanced perinatal mental health program for midwives' discusses the findings of the Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Education program. PMH refers to the emotional well-being of women during antenatal and postnatal periods.

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Recent Staff Achievements

A number of staff have recently been awarded major research grants, travel grants and scholarships. Congratulations to: Professor Paul Bennett; Monica Schoch; and Professor Mari Botti and her team including Associate Professor Ana Hutchinson.

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Richard Stubbs Interviews Dr Joan Ostaszkiewicz

Dr Joan Ostaszkiewicz was interviewed this week on ABC radio 774 as part of World Continence Week (WCW). Dr Ostaszkiewicz, together with Beth Wilson, Patron, Continence Foundation of Australia, spoke to Richard Stubbs about incontinence. WCW this year is focusing on those caring for someone with incontinence.

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Community Simulation Centre Opening

In June 2015 the School of Nursing and Midwifery was very excited to open our new Community Simulation Centre. The centre is set up as someone's house and will provide students with the opportunity to learn and develop skills related to community nursing practice.

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Bon Voyage to the Thailand Study Tour

The 2015 Study Tour to Thailand departs Melbourne later this month. Twenty four students and two staff members will be spending two weeks in Thailand undertaking a range of activities including information sessions, hospital visits and health assessments.

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School of Nursing and Midwifery 2014 Student Awards

Congratulations to all the 2014 Student Award recipients for your outstanding academic performance and commitment to the University and community.


Academic Study Leave

Associate Professor Cate Nagle recently had an article 'A year in Provence' published in the ANMJ May 2015 edition.

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