Following the review of applications, we are pleased to announce that Dr Philippa Rasmussen has been awarded the 2016 Eleanor Harrald Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Philippa will use the award and related funding to continue building from her PhD research, studying the concept of professional identity and the development and application of tacit knowledge within nursing practice. This research will contribute to the ‘Professional Practice’ theme of research within the School of Nursing.

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Call for Abstracts

A one-day research symposium to celebrate international Nurses and Midwives Week will be held on Thursday 12 May 2016. The annual symposium is jointly offered through the Nursing and Midwifery Office of SA Health and the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery from the University of South Australia, Flinders University and University of Adelaide. The aim of the symposium is to showcase the diversity and quality of research that is being undertaken by nurses and midwives in South Australia.

Abstract submissions are now invited from academics, clinicians and research students who are interested in providing a short oral presentation about their research. It is important that this research, which may be completed or still in progress, should have relevance to nursing or midwifery clinical practice. Deadline: Sunday 14 February 2016

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The Ageing & Living Well Think Tank Innovation Collaborative (ALWTTIC) held on 9-11 November was a resounding success. The aim of the Think Tank was to collaboratively develop innovative solutions to complex problems impacting healthy ageing policy and practice on topics such as finance; technology; lifestyle; healthcare informatics; medicine, gender and ageing; careers and work; the built environment; resource planning; person-centred care – with the aim of:

  • Stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship as a means to foster effective and economically and socially responsible active ageing, and
  • To bring together leaders, practitioners, academics, policy makers, industry representatives and consumers concerned to explore and evaluate identified opportunities that promote and deliver active ageing.

With our conversations with many participants over the two days, we know that the diversity and quality of the speakers and the novelty of the range of events were aspects of the Think Tank that were enjoyed. Equally, we were delighted to have such a strong voice from older people and we found their contribution to the Think Tank invaluable.

The Think Tank included a total of 20 workshops (that examined aspects of “wicked problems” associated with active ageing involving discussion around “Baby Boomer” ageing, innovation, and entrepreneurship) in addition to six keynote presentations.

The presence of the Premier – The Hon Jay Weatherill was an absolute bonus and his words certainly added to the flavour of the first evening and gave introduction to the importance of the next two days of presentations and activity. The Minister for Ageing, the Hon Zoe Bettison MP and the Minister for Industry and Productivity, the Hon Kyam Maher MLC added to the tone of the program with their encouragement and support of the two exhibitions.


Ageing and Living Well Think Tank Innovation Collaborative – 9-11 November 2015

While I am on the acknowledgements, I want to make a special mention of the Adelaide Nursing Students’ Society Committee.  The Committee has done an amazing job and if you didn’t know about the Society then I encourage you to contact the President, Jessica Beck, for more information. However, thanks to the tenacity and determination of a small sub-committee the Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Clinical Nursing enjoyed one of the best celebrations at the Graduation Dinner on Saturday 28 November. What an outstanding job Luisa, Sally and Ashleigh did – thank you ladies!

Pre-Registration Graduation Dinner - 28 November 2015

Pre-Registration Graduation Dinner – 28 November 2015

AHMS Transition Taskforce Update
As the Adelaide Medical, Nursing and Dentistry Schools project shifts from a design focus to a more operational one, a team chaired by the Dean of Nursing has been formed to oversee a large body of work that will help bring the building to life.  In particular we will be focusing on community engagement and creating high performing teams.

The teams include representatives from across the Faculty of Health Sciences as well as Infrastructure Branch.  They will co-ordinate and integrate the delivery of a wide range of related projects.

The group will be seeking input and collaboration from staff on issues including shared facilities, technology, workplace culture, staff relocation and educational research.

Keep up-to-date with how the transition is progressing.

Staff Update
The month of December sees the School of Nursing farewell a number of valued staff as they move forward in their careers.  Please join me in thanking the following staff for their contribution to the School and for all of their hard-work, we wish them well in all of their future endeavours:

  • Ryan Clarke
  • Ami Rogers
  • Deidre Wurm
  • Rhianon Marshall

Bree Alexander will be leaving the school for a 12-month period from 16 December 2015 and will return to the School, January 2017.

Congratulations to all our students who have now completed their degree. It is a huge achievement and I hope that you are proud of what you have accomplished. We look forward to hearing about your journey as now advance in your nursing career.

Farewell to our International students.  It was a delight to enjoy a lunch prepared by our postgraduate international students.  We really appreciate all the culinary delights that we got to sample.  From all the staff, a big thank you.


And finally, just to let you know that I was recently awarded a Fellowship to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.  This is a great honour for me as a nurse and as a knowledge translation researcher.  I want to thank all the people who have helped me along the way.  I’m hoping that there will be a lot more nursing – and particularly Adelaide alumni, who will be joining me.

Alison Kitson
Dean of Nursing
Head of School

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Once again, the School of Nursing is delighted with another ERA score of 5. Maintaining this score, confirms Nursing’s commitment to improving care and patient outcomes through high quality research. Professor Alison Kitson would like to acknowledge all the amazing work of the School’s esteemed researchers and staff.

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Have you just completed a Masters degree and interested in undertaking a PhD? If so, you may be eligible to apply for the PhD Scholarship focusing on Knowledge Translation (KT). Apply now! More information.

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Diana Pluker, recent recipient of the HESTA Conference Scholarship shares her experience: I was able to attend a SAPNA Peri-operative conference, titled ‘Its all about the Team’, in September 2015 with some monetary support through the Hesta scholarship. Being in the country travelling to attend additional professional development,such as a conference can be expensive and […]

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HESTA is an industry super fund with more than 800,000 members and $32 billion in assets. HESTA began in 1987 as a sector-specific super fund serving people working in health and community services. HESTA has achieved organic year-on-year growth to become one of Australia’s largest industry funds, operating offices in each state and territory. More […]

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The Australian Research Council (ARC) has released its Gender Equality Action Plan for 2015–16, highlighting actions it will take in the coming months to improve awareness and information about gender equality in research. The ARC has also released its Gender Equality in Research Statement—a statement of support and expectations for gender equality. The ARC acknowledges […]

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Following on from the success of the May picnic in the park, another get together with international Master of Nursing Science students was held at Bonython Park on Sunday 15 November. Badminton was again a feature, as well as Masterclass sessions on Frisbee throwing (thank you Tim!) and a friendly football match with other park-goers […]

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Three orthopaedic nurses from Myanmar attended the Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Nurses Association (ANZONA) conference in Sydney on the 12 and 13 November 2015. The nurses were sponsored by the South Australian Orthopaedic Nurses Association (SAON) to attend the conference. SAON has developed a close relationship with orthopaedic nurses from Myanmar following a visit […]

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