Notre Dame's School of Health Sciences celebrates major milestone

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 19-10-2011

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place



There was lots of reminiscing by Alumni, staff and the many supporters of The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Health Sciences when they came together to celebrate its 10th anniversary in October.

Special guests included, Dr Michael Quinlan, the first Dean of College of Health; Professor John Bloomfield, consultant to former Vice Chancellor Peter Tannock on Health and Physical Education developments and the Advisory Board Chairperson; Professor Alan Morton and John Graham from the course development committee, and members of the School’s Advisory Board.

Professor Helen Parker, inaugural Head of the School of Health and Physical Education, said she was proud of all the School had achieved.

“It has been a privilege to be there from the beginning,” said Professor Parker.

“We are a young School, grown from within the University’s former College of Health. Our first intake was just 28 students. Today we have roughly 678 students with our ninth cohort about to graduate this year across five undergraduate and two post graduate degrees.

“The passing of time is an interesting thing. When I joined Notre Dame to head the fledgling School of Health and Physical Education, I could never have imagined how quickly a decade would pass, nor at that time could I have pictured the developments of our fine School which included moving into the new purpose-built Health Sciences building.”

In her speech, Professor Parker acknowledged the significant contribution made by Professor John Bloomfield who had the vision to develop Health and Physical Education and Exercise and Sports Sciences at Notre Dame.

She also acknowledged Professor Alan Morton and John Graham who “created a skeleton for what was to come”. “I want to thank our Alumni who gave us their trust and faith in our courses and have gone on so brilliantly to make a mark in their respective professions.”

Foundation graduate, William Hegerty, spoke on behalf of the Alumni. He said that the practical and professional experience students gained whilst studying at Notre Dame helped their employment prospects after graduating.

“The staff are always striving to get the best out of their students and I believe this underpins the University’s Mission of offering training for the professions,” said Mr Hegerty. MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Ebbs, Tel (08) 9433 0569, Mob 0408 959 138 Leigh Dawson, Tel (08) 9433 0569, Mob 0405 441 093