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The Pulse #3 2022


Dean's Update

Semester 1 is well and truly underway.  It has been fantastic to see students on campus and hear them talking about their courses and recent professional experience placements (PEP).  The students in both Midwifery and Nursing that I have spoken with, have shared that they were enjoying the opportunity to practice skills and to interact with their course peers.

Thank you to all the staff who work so hard to make these sessions happen for the students. I would also like to acknowledge Brad and the PEP team who have been working frantically to finalise PEP for Sem 1 2022.  We are streamlining processes and systems that should reduce some of the burden as we move forward.

As you know, I attended the Sydney campus with the Vice Chancellor and entourage on 11th March. We didn’t have the opportunity to meet our students as the Sim Labs for 2022 hadn’t commenced.  I am hoping however that when Dan and I are in Sydney in April we will have the opportunity to talk with students, as well as share a meal or two with everyone there.        

The painting of the ‘health service/hospital unit' at the Casuarina campus has been completed. Several staff have relocated to new offices making room for two consulting suites, a room with recliner chairs that could simulate a haemodialysis /pathology/short stay unit, and also a  high/dependency unit/ small group practice sim space/ meeting/handover room.  The old resource room in this space is also being modified to reflect a nurse/midwives’ station. The impetus for usage of this simulated environment is to provide students with a realistic workplace that provides for multifunctional activities and the seamless movement of students from one space to another reflecting a health service. To increase the reality of this and other simulation spaces we have agreed to move forward with replacing the current student uniform with a CDU scrub uniform. The longer-term plan is to extend the simulation healthcare centre to encompass the other labs in the precinct and to have opportunities for interdisciplinary learning to occur.

The image below is indicative of how I see students interacting and behaving in this new space. 

health service/hospital unit

The Sydney campus will have two additional simulation areas. These spaces will include a midwifery unit and a primary health care/intensivist space all accessed via a common hallway.  Glass panels will be installed allowing students to view activities occurring in these simulation areas from the hallway, thus creating opportunities for active and passive learning including peer review of one another.  The refurbishment of the Alice Springs simulation laboratory has been signed off and should be progressed hopefully in the very near future.  Replacement of mannequins and other equipment will occur as these spaces come online.

We have been advised that ANMAC will be visiting the Casuarina and Alice Springs in early May.  Information about these visits will be shared once we have received confirmation of the team’s requirements.

Congratulations to Ben Tan, Daniel Lui and team, Dan Bressington and team, and Sue Kildea and team, on their research submissions. Fingers crossed that you all realise successful outcomes.

thank you

I would like to formally thank Dr Tebbin Koo for her contribution to the CNM. On behalf of everyone we wish you all the very best with your new position.

As you know students awards and graduations are coming up. I am looking forward to these events. Its great to see students’ realise their goals and appreciate the contribution that you have made to their success.

Take care all,

College Updates

Congratulations to Professor Benjamin Tan on his appointment as an Academic Editor for the Journal of Oncology (5-Year Impact Factor 4.499).

Molly Wardaguga Research Centre
We are very pleased to welcome A/Prof Cameron Hurst as Biostatistician/Epidemiologist at the NSS, and the wider MWRC.

A/Prof Cameron Hurst
A/Prof Cameron Hurst

Cam commenced working with us on the 28th March, however, he is starting in a part-time role throughout April while he attends to ongoing national and international collaborations. He is Brisbane-based and will commence his full-time position in May 2022.

Cam’s research interests are in Biostatistics (Longitudinal observational studies, Clinical trials, Computational statistics, Multivariate and Machine learning classification, and Psychometrics) and Epidemiology (Chronic diseases, Mothers and Babies, Clinical epidemiology, Social epidemiology and Vector-borne diseases). He is both an experienced educator and researcher and over the course of his career has worked extensively across the full spectrum of health studies ranging from biomedical research through to clinical and population health studies. While primarily a methodologist, he has a particular passion for work in the area of chronic disease (esp. diabetes) in resource-limited health care settings and/or vulnerable populations.

Third year nursing students at Sydney Campus
3rd year nursing students at Sydney Campus demonstrated excellent critical thinking using the clinical reasoning cycle whilst which was simulated Code Blue medical emergencies in the lab. A big thank to the Lab Technicians Abrar and Nazia for their help in providing an interactive student experience so that Kabir, Penny and Michelle could deliver great teaching in essential 3rd year nursing skills like tracheostomy management (suctioning and dressing changes), venepuncture and recognising and responding to deteriorating patients in a post-operative setting. The feedback survey shows that they enjoyed their experience and progression with us and we look forward to the next group! 

Conm students

Nursing Communication workshops 
The Language and Learning Advisor team provides a number of workshops for our nursing students. In these workshop series, which are designed for international nursing students, students will have the chance to develop their communication skills in a variety of nursing-related situations. Register link: Please encourage your students to attend.

Nominations are open for the 2022 CDU Alumni Awards
Do you know someone that graduated from CDU and is doing amazing things in the world? Charles Darwin University takes great pride in the achievements of our alumni. Their accomplishments benefit both society and the University, advancing the common good and inspiring others.The CDU Alumni Awards are designed to showcase the best and brightest graduates who have become trailblazers and leaders, demonstrating excellence in their career, or outstanding contributions to the community.

You can play an important part in this year's Alumni Awards by nominating outstanding alumni, whether they are a friend, family member, colleague, or a member of the public. Self-nominations are also welcome.

Our recently published research papers

Gray, R., Thompson, D., Jones, M., Bressington, D (2022).  Possible gift authorship and undeclared conflict of interest in – “Effect of self-administration of medication programme on cardiovascular inpatients' medication adherence and nurses' satisfaction: A randomized clinical trial”. Nursing Open 2022: 8(4):1947-57.

Lam, CM., Ho GWK., Bressington, D (2022–accepted). Home-visiting Mental Health Professionals’ Differentiation Between Acceptable and Unacceptable Parent Discipline Behaviours in Hong Kong: A Q-Study. Child Abuse Review, 2022.

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B., Ní Shé, É., Chauhan, A., Newman, B.,  Joseph, K., Tieu, N.T., & Harrison, R. (accepted). Enabling the space and conditions for co-leadership in co-design: an evaluation of co-facilitator training for CALD consumers. Public Health Research & Practice. 

Reynish, T.D., Hoang, H., Bridgman, H. & Nic Giolla Easpaig, B. (2022). Kink-oriented people and exogenous oppressions: understanding mental health and related service use in a rural context. Journal of Homosexuality. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2022.2036531 

New grant

Nic Giolla Easpaig, B., Hamilton, M., Bressington, D., Francis, K., Finn, J., & McNeur, J. “Co-designing the future: creating an education empowerment pathway with young mothers". Future Proofing VET 2022 funding scheme, Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia.  

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