Issue 6 - July 6, 2009 enews homee

New appointment to key health role

Professor Rose McEldowney

By Jason McIntosh

One of New Zealand’s most awarded and experienced nursing, midwifery and health academics has joined CDU as the new Head of the School of Health Sciences in the Faculty of Education, Health and Science.

Professor Rose McEldowney brings extensive practical and management experience from Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) in New Zealand, where she managed and taught tertiary nursery, midwifery and health programs in partnership with practice.

She originally trained as a nurse and has broad practical experience across mental health, primary health, palliative, surgical and postnatal nursing.

She has a Bachelor of Arts and PhD in Nursing from VUW, and a Master of Education (Policy and Research) from the University of Waikato.

Professor McEldowney has broad interests across health care and said she enjoyed applying academia to the evolving and dynamic roles of nursing, midwifery and allied health.

She has also spent many years setting up primary health care, degrees in nursing and midwifery and postgraduate courses in partnership with Indigenous peoples, and said she looked forward to sharing her experiences in the NT.

“I almost feel like I’ve served an apprenticeship for this role because it brings together so many of my work experiences,” she said.

“I’m very excited to be around such wonderful opportunities at the University and look forward to working with so many committed people.”