Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine update
FHS and ACU citations
The teaching team of NRSG257, Child, Adolescent and Family Nursing won the FHS and then the ACU Citations for Outstanding contribution to learning and teaching (Teaching Team Award) for “responsive, student centred strategies that improve the student experience of learning and teaching in a second year undergraduate unit of study”. The teaching team have worked collaboratively to ensure that students get the most out of their time studying Child, Adolescent and Family Nursing. The collaboration was recognized and awarded by the panels that provided the citations. The following is an extract from our application.
NRSG257 delivers a curriculum designed to support, influence, motivate and inspire a diverse student cohort to learn. We do this by using strategies that deliberately:
- Support academic English language development;
- Create inter-cultural communication spaces;
- Facilitate opportunities for all students to develop a new academic culture where learning and contributing to knowledge is central; and
- Maximise student engagement by motivating and inspiring them.
Our expert paediatric nursing team has for over 6 years delivered the curriculum founded on a transparent, inquiry based pedagogy aimed at the health and welfare of children, adolescents, and their families that is contemporary, clinically relevant and supported by evidence based information.
Dr Peta Drury
Dr Peta Drury has been appointed to the role of Deputy Head of School, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine NSW. Peta was just 19 when she successfully completed a Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing) at the Catholic College of Education, Sydney. The Catholic College of Education Sydney in New South Wales was amalgamated with three other Catholic tertiary institutions in eastern Australia in 1991 to become the Australian Catholic University. Since that time Peta has successfully completed at the Australian Catholic University, a Bachelor of Nursing and a PhD. Peta has had a continuing appointment since 2006 and has since fulfilled several leadership roles including Clinical Coordinator and Undergraduate Course Coordinator.
Dr Christine Chisengantambu
Meet the New Deputy Course Coordinator, Dr Christine Chisengantambu. Christine (Tina) first joined ACU in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine in February 2016. Before coming to ACU, she spent the last five years in the clinical area while undertaking her PhD. Tina originally comes from Zambia where she did her basic nursing program. Christine is a skilled and accomplished nurse with more than 25 years’ experience in the clinical and academic areas. She has developed various nursing programs both here in Australia and Africa. She was involved in the development of the Enrolled Nurse/Registered Nurse Upgrade program and also developed a postgraduate certificate in community nursing in Botswana. Here in Australia, Tina developed the Graduate Diploma in Community Nursing at the University of Adelaide and the Graduate Certificate in Transcultural Nursing at Charles Stuart University respectively. Recently Tina has been involved in modifying a book chapter in Chang and Johnson (2017). Tina is part of the group who have recently been awarded a teaching grant to look at marking moderation practices within the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine. In her spare time Tina likes gardening and she runs a new generation talk group for divorcees and widows in Wollongong (still in its infancy stage). Tina brings to ACU a deep understanding of clinical and academic rich experiences. She took on the role of Deputy Course Coordinator in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, North Sydney in March 2017.
Alison Hansen has been appointed to the role of Undergraduate Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Nursing, and currently teaches in the first and second year of the nursing degree. Alison’s area of interest is in mental health nursing, and working with women in forensic mental health settings. Alison has been with the North Sydney campus since February 2016.
Farewell Rose McMaster
We say farewell to Rose McMaster Deputy Head of School (NSW), School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (NSW & ACT). Rose McMaster has been a part of the ACU SoNMP at North Sydney since 2005. During these years, she has been Lecturer, Course Coordinator, Senior Lecturer, Assistant Head of School, Acting State – Head of School and Deputy Head of School. In April, 2017 she will be taking up the position of Professor in International Nursing within the Faculty of Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine, Yamaguchi University, Japan. She is looking forward to this new opportunity and cultural experience.
Alumni of the Year
In November 2016, Cherisse Buzzacott, graduate from the Away from Base Bachelor of Midwifery, was named ACU’s Alumni of the year. Cherisse was the first graduate from this program, completing in 2013.
Cherisse is a central Arrente woman and Aboriginal midwife working in her home community of Alice Springs. In addition to her role as midwife at Alice Springs Hospital Cherisse undertakes community outreach work providing antenatal and postnatal care at the Women's Centre in the remote Warlpiri Aboriginal community of Yuendumu, one of the largest Aboriginal communities in central Australia.
In 2015 Cherisse was the Northern Territory Young Achiever Health and Wellbeing Award Winner for her achievements in midwifery and was subsequently interviewed on the ABC TV current affairs program One Plus One. As a final year student she was awarded with both Rodanthe Lipsett Trust and Felicity Bundock scholarships, and was one of the Australian representatives at the 2012 Franciscan lnternational Asia Pacific Regional Workshop on Indigenous People's Human Rights and Advocacy.
A keen ambassador for the 'Away from Base' Midwifery Program and passionate about supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander midwifery students Cherisse has worked in close collaboration with the 'Away from Base' Midwifery team since graduation contributing to initiatives that scaffold and support students in the Program.
Cherisse is an emerging Indigenous and midwifery leader who will continue to make an important contribution to our Midwifery community in both the Northern Territory and Australia.
Pearson Book Publisher ‘Student of the Year’ Award
Nursing student, Daun Jung received the 2016 Pearson Book Publisher ‘Student of the Year’ Award in recognition of her exceptional effort, dedication and achievement in her university studies.
Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors
By Kerry Mawson, Lecturer SoNMP
I had the privilege of attending a two day workshop with Dr Janina Fisher, a Psychotherapist, Consultant and Trainer who has worked alongside some of the gurus in the field of Trauma. The two-day training offered a practical “hands on” approach when working with clients with underlying issues of self-alienation and self-hatred. The workshop was not for the light hearted as role play was involved over the two days.
Learning how to recognize trauma and the fragmentation that occurs within client’s minds and bodies was presented firstly through the natural cycle of attachment formation and the effect that abuse and neglect have on this cycle. Next a neurobiological-regulating approach was explained that also helps clients have an understanding and interrupt habitual patterns of action and reaction, decrease impulsivity, and encourage compassion with the guidance of the clinician.
Teaching clinicians an effective, mindfulness-based model for working with clients whose self-loathing or self-punishment defeats most treatment methods from even the most highly skilled clinicians is needed. This training would fit beautifully within the mental health sector where a large proportion of people present with misdiagnosed or unrecognized trauma. It is a model that is applicable to nursing and has the advantage of ease of use in most mental health clinical areas. Healing from trauma means that you start to take back control of your life, not the past trauma taking control of you.
For further information about Dr Janina Fisher or the Byron Clinic please visit their websites:
Page last updated: 2017-06-29
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