Philanthropic support for state-of-the-art Nursing Laboratory

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 29-11-2006

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

Publication Place



The University of Notre Dame Australia School of Nursing, Fremantle recognised the generous donation of prominent Western Australian business identity, Mr John Court by recently naming a laboratory after his wife, Helen.

The laboratory is named the ‘Helen Court Nursing Laboratory’. Mrs Court worked as a nurse and has a particular interest in the area of psychiatric nursing. The room will be the cornerstone of every nursing programme at the University and will also act as a simulated hospital ward.

School of Nursing Fremantle Dean, Professor Selma Alliex, said the funding given by the Courts has been a great help to the school in updating its facilities.

“We are very grateful for the generous support of Mr and Mrs Court. Their donation will go towards purchasing much needed equipment and teaching aids.

“We will teach the students all their nursing skills in the laboratory. We are also fortunate that it is fully equipped with technology and can be used as a lecture space for nursing students,” said Professor Alliex.

At the naming of the laboratory, both Mr and Mrs Court spoke of their admiration for the university and its nursing programme.

Mr Court said offering funding to nursing is an easy task compared to the hard work Vice Chancellor, Dr Peter Tannock and staff of the School of Nursing have put into establishing the course. He also expressed his gratitude to the University for dedicating the room to Mrs Court.

“I am honoured Helen is commemorated in this way. We, as a family, are proud to be supporting Notre Dame,” said Mr Court.