Wow, what an amazing start to the New Year. A big happy 2014 welcome to all our friends, nursing family and to all our students, all 964 of you (our biggest intake)! We trust your year so far is off to an exciting and busy start. A special welcome to our new students, it was great to see your happy faces during O’Week. This is such an exciting time to be a part of our community! I was delighted to have the opportunity to welcome the first year Medical students and was equally pleased to have the Dean of Medicine welcome our first year nursing students.
Nursing Orientation BBQ during O’Week
Our new Bachelor of Nursing program is now in full swing and it’s wonderful to watch such a strong reputable program go from strength to strength. In the words of Frank Donnelly, the Program Coordinator, ‘The start of 2014 has seen the new program introduce a range of innovative and dynamic courses, including some delivered by flexible delivery. The new curriculum design will bring great benefit to students and staff alike. The program retains the key features of being clinically focussed and academically rigorous while responding to the wider university goals within the Beacon of Enlightenment.’
On Monday 17 February, at the opening of the new University of Adelaide facility in the Lyell McEwin Hospital it was great to be able to share our vision for the facility along with Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor Justin Beilby, and Dean of Medicine, Professor Alastair Burt.
Development continues on the new $125 million Adelaide Clinical School. The building which will host the Medical and Nursing School in the West End is expected to commence construction in April on the North Terrace site in the city’s West End. The new Adelaide Clinical School will reflect infrastructure development and meet the changing needs of health education. A few key facts:
- Around 1500 students and 300 staff will use the building which will open in 2016
- The building layout will promote small-group learning, particularly at undergraduate level, with integrated research and shared teaching areas to encourage seamless collaboration between students from the different schools
- The ground floor will also feature a welcoming general public space, with views to the River Torrens and Adelaide Oval.
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Since our last edition, we have welcomed a few new members to the team including:
- Susan Gravier, Research Assistant and HWA Administrator providing assistance to the Clinical Placement Team
- Dr Janet Kelly, Research Assistant
- Dr Jane Nugent, Pharmacology Lecturer
- Gabbie Salmon, Reception
- Brooke Blackburn, Administrative Officer supporting the undergraduate and pre-registration programs
- Sheridan Clark, Executive Officer.
We have also said farewell to the following staff and want to thank them for all their outstanding contributions and wish them all the very best for the next part of their journey; Morgan Glazbrook, Jana Drummond and Fiona Wilkins.
We were delighted to welcome another wonderful group of Austrian students, Nicole Gross, Michaela Kaindl, Katharina Kletzmayr, Anna Lohnecker and Karin Schersch to the School of Nursing during February. The students are currently completing their final year of study before starting their careers as registered nurses. Read more. We have also welcomed another group of Singapore nursing students from 24 March to 11 April and we look forward to sharing more about their visit in the next issue.
Early April, we say a sad ‘see you soon’ to Mette who has been working with the School of Nursing during the last three months. Mette has been assisting Professor Charlotte deCrespigny with the CAN project, working on the ASSIST project with Dr Lynette Cusack and developing research collaborations between Adelaide and Sweden. Staff were treated to a presentation by Mette on Tuesday 25 March sharing her experiences, findings and developments. Although Mette is on her way home, we look forward to welcoming her back in the future. And Mette will welcome Professor Charlotte deCrespigny and Dr Rick Wiechula will visit Aalborg, Denmark, in September. We eagerly anticipate welcoming Siri Voldbjerg, a Danish PhD student, being co-supervised by Dr Rick Wiechula from November 2014 to February 2015. The next steps include looking for joint research projects, potentially establishing opportunities for Danish researchers to co-supervise students and potentially develop opportunities for Masters and PhD students to visit Aalborg.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge the wonderful team of colleagues that I work with. I was reminded of their dedication to students, to teaching, research and to the University when I received a letter from the Dean of Law, Professor John Williams thanking the School of Nursing for our involvement in Law School’s ‘Lex Salus’ Health and Well-Being Week in August last year. There was a great article published by Kellie Toole, Mark Giancaspro and Corrine Walding from the Adelaide Law School. ‘Students Open Up About Mental Health and Well-Being’ (December 2013) published in the Law School Bulletin.
Wishing you and your families a Happy Easter!
Dean of Nursing
Head of School