Notre Dame introduces midwifery program for 2012

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Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 2-6-2011

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus

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The introduction of a new midwifery course at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s (UNDA) Fremantle Campus has led to the School of Nursing adding Midwifery to its name.

The new program, which will be available from 2012, was initiated after three years of planning and extensive research by the University.

Former UNDA Chancellor, Dr Michael Quinlan, and Pro-Vice Chancellor at the Fremantle Campus, Associate Professor Mark Tannock, unveiled the plaque in front of distinguished guests and University staff at a special ceremony held in May.

Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Professor Selma Alliex, said the program will be delivered with a strong research and practical focus in collaboration with St John of God Hospital Subiaco.

“The reaction to the introduction of a midwifery component to the School has been very positive from everybody and we have already had students express interest to do the midwifery program next year,” Professor Alliex said.

Emeritus Professor Doreen McCarthy, the foundation Head of the School, spoke about her experiences in delivering the best possible nursing program to Notre Dame students with a strong link between academia and industry.

Emeritus Professor McCarthy’s influence in shaping the inaugural School of Nursing is documented in the new book, Leaving Footprints: The First 10 Years of Nursing at The University of Notre Dame Australia, which was also launched at the event.

Written by Dr Carol Piercey, a nursing historian and Senior Lecturer of Nursing at the Fremantle Campus, the book details the 10-year history of excellence in nursing education at Notre Dame.

“We are now launching into our research phase for the School and it was really important to acknowledge what we’ve done in the past before moving into the future,” Professor Alliex said.

“The courses and their outcomes are bound by the University’s Objects - especially in our training of students for their future careers in the health care system.”

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