Tony Camareri, School Manager from the School of Medical Sciences, was the lucky winner of an iPad2 as part of the Healthy Staff Clinic’s 2013 promotional campaign.
The great work of our Bachelor of Nursing students has made headlines in Resthaven Malvern’s quarterly newsletter, ‘Chronicles at 43’. Third year students’ delighted residents when they brought in a brace of ducks as part of their pet therapy studies. The ducks were welcomed with open arms and rewarded with bread and cuddles by residents who thoroughly enjoyed the activity. Also, hats off to our first year students who facilitated a craft session to help residents create stylish headwear in preparation for Melbourne Cup celebrations. Read the newsletter.
We have been busy in the School of Nursing since our last eNews in September. This is a great time for reflection and celebration on all that has been achieved this year. Noteably, this includes the completion of our first cohort of Master of Clinical Nursing students!
In October, the School of Nursing had the great pleasure of hosting Karin, Kerstin, Elisabeth and Andrea, four Austrian students from Paracelsus Medical Private University in Salzburg, Austria. During their two week stay, the students met with a number of academics, gaining an insight into nursing in Australia and visited numerous hospitals and medical facilities in Adelaide, including Glenside, the Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Calvary. Their visit provided them with an understanding into the nurse’s role in Australia and their presentation on the Austrian health system informed staff and students about nursing education in Austria. Read more.
Also in October, I had the great honour of receiving an honorary doctorate from Malmö University in Sweden. I have worked with Swedish universities for a number of years and am most honoured to receive such a prestigious award.
I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Dr Gill Harvey, who joins us again as a visiting Associate Professor whilst on a two year sabbatical from her post as a Reader in Health Management at Manchester Business School (MBS) in the United Kingdom. Read more about Gill. I also warmly welcome Mette Gronkjaer, who joins the School as a visiting Research Fellow from Aalborg University Hospital in Denmark. Mette will be working closely with Professor Charlotte de Crespigny, researching alcohol and other drug issues. Read more about Mette.
It is with sadness that we say goodbye to PhD student, Marion Seal. Marion passed away on Thursday 14 November following illness. Our thoughts and sincere condolences are extended to her family and loved ones.
On Friday 22 November, we celebrated the pre-registration graduands at their cocktail party at the National Wine Centre. It was a fantastic night with everyone looking their best. Read more about the event. On Friday 29 November, our colleagues Associate Professor Judy Magarey and Frank Donnelly started their journey to Hyogo University in Kobe, Japan. The aim of this journey is to establish a two to three week student exchange opportunity with Hyogo University. We look forward to bringing you more information on this in 2014.
Huge congratulations to Clinical Tutor, Bree Alexander, and husband Justin on the arrival of their first born, Lachlan John Alexander. Lachlan was born on Wednesday 27 November at 7.15pm, weighing 7 pounds and 3 ounces. Congratulations also to Dr Rachel Kornhaber on being awarded the Inaugural Eleanor Harrald Post-Doctoral Fellowship award. Dr Kornhaber was also selected as part of a small group of emerging scholars across the world to present her research on burns rehabilitation at Bloomberg Nursing’s Emerging Scholars Forum in Toronto. Read more about Rachel.
I congratulate all our students on their efforts during 2013. Special congratulations to those who have now completed their degree. We wish you all the best with your career and look forward to seeing you in the future!
Finally, I wish all staff, students, titleholders, School partners, sponsors and our wonderful Nursing community a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. May you all enjoy a safe and wonderful festive season!
Dean of Nursing
Head of School
The Rural Placement Bursary, made possible by Bendigo Bank and the School of Nursing received 14 high-quality applications. The Rural Placement Bursary is offered to students in the Bachelor of Nursing and the Master of Clinical Nursing at the University of Adelaide to foster academic excellence and support a positive rural clinical placement student experience. We are very pleased to announce the recipients of the bursary:
- Alice Rickard
- Cody Festing
- Courtney Harrison
- Elizabeth Burleigh
- Guancheng He
- Kate Cameron
- Kirstie McKellar
- Paige Bevitt
- Rebecca Chau
Congratulations to those awarded the bursary and, along with Bendigo Bank, we hope this provides you with a very positive rural clinical placement experience.
This scholarship has been established by Elizabeth Keam AM, one of the local pioneers of Palliative Care Nursing. One scholarship valued at $6,000 for two years will be available to a student who enrols full time in a Commonwealth supported place at the University of Adelaide. Applicants must be undertaking the Master of Nursing Science program at the University of Adelaide.
Applications for this scholarship close Friday 7 March 2014. Read more information.
Since its inception at the beginning of 2012, the Healthy Staff Clinic (HSC) has visited three campuses, 40 schools and branches and provided over 600 individual consultations, under the direction of Nurse Practitioner, Iain Everett. As a result, over 50 participants have been referred to their GP or other health services for follow-up investigations or treatment. Data collected throughout the clinic will provide a health snapshot of university staff members and HDR students. This data will also be used by Iain as part of his doctoral research evaluating the nurse led HSC project in assessing the CVD/diabetes, ATOD health risks and mental health/wellbeing of the University of Adelaide staff. The clinic will continue to service the University population in 2014, providing Bachelor of Nursing students with a unique opportunity to gain exposure into primary health care.
We are delighted to welcome back Dr Gill Harvey as a Visiting Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Adelaide. She has a professional background in nursing; previous posts in the United Kingdom include; working as the Director of the Royal College of Nursing’s Quality Improvement Programme and; Director of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) National Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Supportive Care, with a remit to develop clinical guidelines for the National Health Service (NHS).
Gill’s teaching and research interests are in the field of quality improvement, knowledge translation and mobilisation in health care. She has published widely on these topics and is involved in a number of projects implementing and evaluating knowledge mobilisation initiatives in subject areas such as end of life care and chronic disease management. A particular interest is in exploring and applying broader organisational and management theories of learning and knowledge management to the study of knowledge translation in health care.
Rachel Kornhaber, recipient of the 2013 Eleanor Harrald Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Award, has been awarded the Lawrence Bloomberg Scholarship from the University of Toronto. One of only 26 recipients from around the world, Rachel presented at the Sunnybrook Burns Centre and has commenced a collaborative relationship in the pursuit of burns rehabilitation. Well done Rachel! Read more.
Research informs Local Directory of Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Services in the Salisbury and Playford local Government Areas
Mental health (MH) and alcohol and other drug (AOD) services receive between 50% and 70% of their clients who are affected by their complex co-existing mental illness and alcohol or other drug issues (comorbidity, also known as dual diagnosis). Despite this many of these clients only receive treatment and/or counselling for their presenting problem or what is considered their primary condition, be it their mental illness or alcohol/other drug disorder. While the literature offers guidance in delivering coordinated, integrated care ‘in-house’ and with other relevant services, commonly MH and AOD service providers remain ill-equipped and/or under-resourced to do this.
We know that many MH and AOD workers recognise the need to offer coordinated comorbidity care by working collaboratively with other teams and services, but find it very difficult to know what other services exist, what they offer, how to find them and how they can work more closely on behalf of their clientele.
So how do clinicians, workers and community advocates know what and where the local MH and AOD services are in their region?
The Comorbidity Action in the North (CAN) is a three year participatory action research project co-funded by the Australian Research Council Linkage grant program and SA Mental Health and Substance Use Branch.
Phase 1 of the CAN research, which aims to ‘stop the run-around’ between services by people aged 12 years and over and are affected by comorbidity, has focused on scoping and verifying what local MH and AOD services are available in the Salisbury and Playford areas of Adelaide which is the CAN research catchment area.
Results of the CAN scoping study have now identified the need amongst clinicians and workers, from local government and non-government MH and AOD services, to have easy access to reliable, centrally compiled, up-to-date information on all government and non-government MH and AOD services, including those for older people, youth and Aboriginal people, in their region. They needed this resource to enable them to:
- Inform service managers, other clinicians and workers about what other MH and AOD services existed locally, and what they offer
- Identify, make contact and forge relationships with particular services that their clients need, and work with collaboratively with such services on clients’ behalf
- Improve client referral pathways, monitoring and support
- Access key information and make links between with other services and their own staff
CAN has now been able to start addressing some of the access barriers to local comorbidity care by the development and implementation of the electronic CAN Directory of Local MH and AOD Services for the Salisbury and Playford areas.
The Local CAN Directory has now been produced and disseminated and is already making a difference according to feedback clinicians and workers ‘on the ground’.
In one worker’s words,
‘it ain’t rocket science’ – if we have good information that is relevant and we can trust we’ll use it’.