Official blessing of Notre Dame's new Nursing buildings

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 14-7-2006

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle

Publication Place



The Commonwealth Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop, today officially opened The University of Notre Dame Australia’s newly refurbished School of Nursing buildings. The total cost of the two buildings to the University is $2,760,000 of which the Commonwealth has contributed $1.0 million.

The newly refurbished School of Nursing is housed in two buildings, one of which was originally built for the Australian United Steam Navigation Company in 1903 and along side it located at 1 Mouat Street, the Howard Smith Building which was built in the early 1900s and is classified by the National Trust. The latter building has been developed as a teaching building, available to the Schools of Education and Medicine, but with priority to the School of Nursing.

Under the direction of Marcus Collins, the University’s architect and Bill Fairweather the University’s builder, the facilities now include lecture rooms, academic offices and two teaching wards equipped with 25 beds.

“The School of Nursing will continue to make a major contribution to meeting the health care needs of this great State. It is working with Catholic, public and private hospitals and community health services, to train nurses of outstanding quality who have a strong commitment to their vocations and the values which underpin the University,” Dr Tannock said.