HESTA Conference Scholarship

Opens 31 August 2014

The HESTA Conference Scholarship is offered to students of the School of Nursing at the University of Adelaide, in support of the School’s philosophical belief to foster scholarship and academic development and:

  • Enhance the skills required for as many students’ academic and professional success as possible while targeting high academic achievers and improving access for underrepresented populations  (includes but not limited to financial need, gender, rural and ethnic minorities).
  • Promote interest in continuing higher education for students and HESTA employees in nursing areas of interest.
  • Increase contribution to knowledge of evidence based healthcare approaches, higher education institutions’ intellectual and technical capabilities and their knowledge of our critical skill needs.
  • Leverage academic partnerships to enhance HESTA’s visibility/presence in key geographic markets.

More information.

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Local Directory of Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Services in the Salisbury and Playford local Government Areas

The third edition of the 2014 Directory Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Services for Salisbury and Playford, is now available.

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From the Dean of Nursing

We were delighted when the School of Nursing was chosen to represent the University of Adelaide’s advertising campaign focused on the University’s relationship with all our industry partners. Look out for the billboard throughout the year. You might have caught a glance of it in May, when it was unveiled on the corner of Rundle Mall and King William Road. Read more

The establishment of the Adelaide Medical and Nursing School and its new building on North Terrace at the city’s west end is building steam. This month you will be able to notice the beginnings of visible changes to the site.
The University Council approved the $206m building. Read more
The new premises have attracted some recent media attention. Read more

On Tuesday 6 May, the School of Nursing once again held its annual Badge Ceremony. The Badge Ceremony is a key event for our graduates, and symbolic of the history of Nursing. It is also a great opportunity to recognise excellence in our students through the following awards:

  • 2013 Pearson Prize – Jacqueline Bateson, Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Perioperative Nursing)
  • 2013 Margaret Grace McNair AM Foundation Award – Laura Mitchell, Bachelor of Nursing
  • 2013 Tommy Edeline “Lyon” Award – Hannah Andjelkovic, Bachelor of Nursing
  • 2013 Charlotte de Crespigny Prize – Undergraduate – Mary Currie, Bachelor of Nursing
  • 2013 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Award – Susannah Hilton, Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Mental Health Nursing)
  • 2013 Roshan Award – Raymond Bowey, Master of Clinical Nursing
  • 2013 Kitson Prize – Lisa Thiele, Master of Clinical Nursing

Congratulations to our awards winners.

International Nurses Day Health Lunch
On Friday 9 May 2014 I attended the Adelaide Nursing Student’s Society (ANSS) Healthy Lunch to celebrate International Nurses Day. Held on the Mezzanine in Hub Central on campus, I was proud to see such a great turn out. Although some of the items on the bake sale table questioned the namesake of the event, I was very pleased to help myself to some treats. Well done Rachelle and the team for a successful event.

Students enjoying the healthy lunch for International Nurses Day

Professor Greta Cummings visit
Professor Greta Cummings visited the University of Adelaide 3 to 16 April along with her husband Dr Garnet Cummings. Greta is Centennial Professor at the University of Alberta. I was very pleased to host Greta in the School of Nursing, where I believe she received an authentic experience of working with the School of Nursing team. This no doubt led to us formalising Greta’s position as an official titleholder of the University of Adelaide and making arrangements for future collaboration. Thank you to the Northern Communities Health Foundations for sponsoring Professor Cummings to come to Adelaide. Read more


Professor Emiko Suzui visit

Alison Kitson, Emiko Suzui and Judy Magarey

Professor Emiko Suzui visited the School of Nursing 1 to 15 June. Emiko is a Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the Hyogo University of Health Sciences in Japan.

During this stay we have helped Emiko to establish strong research connections in South Australia. Emiko meet with a variety of researchers and worked with us at the School to establish a connection with Hyogo University of Health Sciences and the University of Adelaide.

Emiko is very fond of dogs and so jumped at the opportunity to experience an authentic dog agility show in Whyalla during her visit. Along with our Deputy Head of School, Associate Professor Judy Magarey, Emiko had a lovely time at the show.

Emiko with her new friends, Flynn, Scout and Biddy

We look forward to our future collaboration with Emiko through our student exchange program with Hyogo University of Health Sciences. And I am looking forward to my visit to Japan in 2015.

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of one our alumni, Joanna Pupkiewicz. Joanna was a Bachelor of Nursing student, who also completed her Honours degree and the Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Perioperative Nursing). Joanna passed away unexpectedly on Monday 24 March.

Alison Kitson
Dean of Nursing
Head of School


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Congratulations Dr Lynette Cusack

Congratulations to Dr Lynette Cusack, from the School of Nursing, for her appointment by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council (Ministerial Council) as Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Dr Cusack was the Deputy Chair of the National Board since August 2009 and has served in the role of Presiding Member, of the National Board since 31 August 2013.

The Ministerial Council congratulated Dr Cusack on her appointment as the new Chair of the National Board and expressed confidence in her ability to provide strong and strategic leadership as new Chair, and; contribute to the regulatory work of the National Board in her continuing role as an inaugural practitioner member from South Australia.

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Researcher in Focus: Killiana Mafara

Tell us a little about you…
I am a clinical nurse in renal dialysis at Murray Bridge Hospital. I am a mother of four and have just finished my studies in Master of Nursing Science and will be graduating in May this year.

Current Research Projects
I wrote a thesis on the lived experience of undergoing cannulation of an arterial venous fistula for haemodialysis at a satellite unit. At the moment I am writing a journal from that thesis. I hope to go ahead and do a PhD in the near future.

What inspired you to research in your field?
When I started my career as a dialysis nurse I found it very daunting because of the technical processes involved especially cannulating a new fistula. This feeling encouraged me to explore how the patients felt when their fistulas were being cannulated. I discovered that there was very limited information that addresses the patient,s perspective of their experiences regarding cannulating their fistulas especially in satellite units. I therefore decided to enter their life world and let them describe their experiences during the course of my research.

What is the ultimate goal of your research?
The ultimate goal of my research was to explore the participants’ lived experiences and utilise the results to contribute to the growing body of evidence pertaining to patients’ perspective on cannulation of a new fistula for dialysis. I also hope to inspire other nurses to embark in research and also encourage evidence based practice.

Any advice for an early researcher?
My advice to an early researcher is that research becomes a part of your life style because it is not like a simple assignment that one can complete in a day or so. I found that it became part of my everyday life and I had to allocate time on a daily basis. Research is also circular in that it has many twists and turns where different components have to be put together to make a complete study. I also learnt to be very disciplined so as to prevent too much pressure on myself towards the end. Overall I really enjoyed the whole process because I chose a topic that I enjoyed to learn more about. My supervisors were very supportive so I worked closely with them throughout the study.

A little bit more about Killana…
We were fortunate enough to have Killana model for the 2015 Postgraduate Coursework Program Brochure in May 2014. Look out for Killana as the face of postgraduate coursework studies at the University of Adelaide…

Killana Mafara, graduate of the Master of Nursing Science program

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School benefits from Greta Cummings’ visit

Students and staff alike have benefited from the visit in 2-16 April 2014 from renowned researcher, Professor Greta Cummings. Greta holds a Centennial Professorship at the University of Alberta, is researcher of high acclaim and focusses on leadership. Greta’s work has been recognised nationally and internationally through several prestigious research awards, including the CNA Order of Merit for Research (2010), and the CASN Award for Research Excellence (2008) and in September 2011 she was inducted as a Fellow into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Professor Greta Cummings (front centre) pictured with students during a course workshop

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Indigenous Health Forum

Dr Janet Kelly, Research Fellow, School of Nursing, spoke at the Research Tuesdays Indigenous Health Forum on 10 June about to the role of research in improvements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care and wellbeing.  She and two other researchers described their research and answered an array of questions from the audience.

Over the last six years Janet has worked closely with Aboriginal people and health staff in city, country, primary health care and hospitals, Aboriginal and mainstream services to develop and adapt a set of patient journey mapping tools to identify specific gaps and strategies in care. Janet’s presentation focussed on the very complex health care journeys of many Aboriginal people from country areas, particularly when they travel across multiple geographic and health service locations.  A central theme coming from the presentation and discussion was the need for improving communication, coordination and collaboration between patients, staff and services for better patient outcomes.

The presentation is now available.

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Recognising National Palliative Care Week

By Deidre Wurm

Planning for palliative care week started weeks in advance for the interested group at Mary Potter Hospice. We wanted to promote palliative care not only in the Mary Potter Hospice, but in the wider Calvary North Adelaide Hospital as well. From our initial brainstorming session we had to work hard at turning our amazing ideas into practical realities!
After attending a recent Grief and Bereavement conference, Sigourney, our Social Worker, was inspired by conversations regarding the recent Before I Die… movement. We discussed how we could use this idea but take a different perspective. So the idea of a ‘Gratitude Board’ was born.

Alison Kitson and Deidre Wurm looking over the gratitude board in the School’s lunch room

We wanted to create an opportunity for people to pause, reflect and have an opportunity to share things that they are grateful for in their life. Sharing this with the team in the School of Nursing has been just as enjoyable. Our small poster in the staff room has quickly filled up with personal reflections of gratitude. Maybe not as quickly as the lowering of the lolly jar level perhaps.

A highlight from the activities at the Mary Potter Hospice

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Love a good deal? Get one for your super

Don’t you love it when the things you need have some added value thrown in free? At HESTA, we do too. That’s why we’re spreading the word about a great super deal.
If you put an extra $1,000 into your super, the government could throw in up to $500.
Under its co-contribution scheme, the government could throw in up to $500 if you earn under $48,516 a year.

All you need to do is put an extra $1,000 towards your super this financial year. That’s less than $20 per week!

And while it might not sound like much now, this could be worth tens of thousands of dollars by the time you retire. So a little bonus now could really grow your super savings.
What’s more, putting some extra money towards your super couldn’t be easier.
You can make a BPAY payment, set up a direct debit from your bank account, organise a payroll deduction from your after-tax pay, or pay by cheque — whichever is most convenient for you.

To find out more contact your super fund or visit ato.gov.au/individuals/super
If you’re a HESTA member, visit hesta.com.au/cocontribution or give us a call on 1800 813 327.

With more than 25 years of experience and $27 billion in assets, more people in health and community services choose HESTA for their super.

Issued by H.E.S.T. Australia Ltd ABN 66 006 818 695 AFSL No. 235249, the Trustee of Health Employees Superannuation Trust Australia (HESTA) ABN 64 971 749 321. This information is of a general nature. It does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or specific needs so you should look at your own financial position and requirements before making a decision. You may wish to consult an adviser when doing this. For more information, free call 1800 813 327 or visit hesta.com.au for a copy of a Product Disclosure Statement which should be considered when making a decision about HESTA products.

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Rural Bursary – the lived experience

At the end of her rural placement, Kate Cameron tells us…

Having arrived in South Australia just over a year ago to start my Masters in Clinical Nursing I had no idea where Yorketown was or what to expect from a rural placement. As a keen surfer I was excited to discover that Yorketown was located on the Southern Yorke Peninsula, home to some of the best surf spots in South Australia, so dogs and surfboard safely packed into and on top of the car I set off for what I hoped would be an enjoyable and educational experience.

Yorketown hospital services approximately 8000 people with this number quadrupling during holiday periods due to the wonderful coastal scenery, fishing and surfing on offer. The hospital has 26 acute beds and 1 operating theatre and provides general medical, surgical and x-ray services as well as a 24 hour Accident & Emergency Department. Doctors from local private practices see patients and are on call for emergencies and visiting specialists use the hospitals outpatient and operating facilities.

From the moment I arrived at Yorketown hospital I felt welcome and part of the team. I quickly learnt that only having a few patients on the ward did not mean the day was going to be quiet or uninteresting. There was always something going on, from outpatient clinics and theatre days to emergency arrivals and evacuations. The nurses at Yorketown were all trained in Advanced Life Support and had to be ready to deal with every eventuality which meant they had a much wider knowledge and skill base than many of the nurses I had met on metropolitan placements. I was encouraged to undertake all the nursing care and care plans for my patients and enjoyed building a relationship with the patients, their families and the wider community.

Yorketown, South Australia


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