Saturday, March 31, 2012

CRANAplus Student Remote Placement Scholarships open

The CRANAplus Student Remote Placement Scholarship is available to students who, as part of their undergraduate course of study through an Australian University, undertake a remote location placement.

Funding of $6000 is made available each year through CRANAplus.  Applications close 31st July.

The Scholarship provides financial assistance of up to $1000 per applicant, and is intended to provide assistance towards the cost of fares, accommodation and other incidental costs incurred by a student while undertaking a remote placement.

The Scholarship may be claimed for placement undertaken for the current year of the CRANAplus conference and may be retrospective to the closing date, and funds awarded on provision of tax invoices for costs incurred.

To be eligible for a Scholarship the applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student in a health discipline at an Australian University, and an Australian citizen, or have permanent residency status.

Visit the CRANAplus website for further information and applications. 

Friday, March 30, 2012

Scholarships for Clinical Placement in a Hospital Emergency Department now open

The scheme is an Australian Government initiative seeking to support nurses and nursing students undertaking a clinical placement within a hospital emergency department.

ED: CP applications are now open. At the end of each month, commencing at the end of April applications received will be assessed and applicants notified of the result.

To be eligible to apply you must be:
  • An Australian citizen or a permanent resident
And meet one of the one of the following criteria  :
  • Enrolled in an accredited postgraduate nursing course that results in a nationally recognised qualification in emergency or critical care nursing
  • Enrolled an accredited Australian entry level nursing course
  • A registered nurse or midwife whose current area of professional practice is not emergency nursing who wants to experience emergency nursing to improve their work skills
  • A registered nurse or midwife whose current area of professional practice is emergency nursing who wants to experience emergency nursing in a larger facility or more specialist emergency nursing.

The maximum total value of the Scholarship is $23,000.

Payments may be made for:

  • Travel 
  • Accommodation and living expenses if a scholar is required to relocate from home to complete the placement 
  • Loss of income, not available for undergraduate students 
  • Supervision payment to the hosting hospital.

Visit RCNA Scholarships website for further information and applications.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

AIHW Report: Risk Factors Contributing to Chronic Disease

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a new report today:  Risk factors contributing to chronic disease.

Chronic diseases are responsible for a large portion of the disease burden in Australia, and many are highly preventable by reducing known risk factors. This report shows that:
  • Most people have at least one risk factor and more than 90% do not consume enough vegetables.
  • Social disadvantage is associated with risky health behaviours.
  • Nearly 60%of Australians do not undertake sufficient levels of physical activity, and many of us (almost 80%) usually spend 3 or more hours sitting during our leisure time.

AIHW catalogue number (PHE 157).

Visit the AIHW website to view the report and media release.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

APNA Best Practice Nurse Award Nominations Close 30 March

APNA Best Practice Nurse Awards 2012 - Nominations NOW OPEN.

With five award categories, the APNA Best Practice Nurse Awards aim to recognise and reward outstanding nurses working in primary health care and general practice.

In 2012, five awards are on offer, with prizes worth $5,000 (see nomination form for details) for each winner to use in enhancing their continuing professional development. Previous recipients have used their monetary prize to undertake work experience and education in both local and international locations.

Everyone should apply; remember that while what you do in your practice might seem normal to you, it may be novel or new to someone else. Please read examples of what the past Best Practice Nurse Award winners had done in their practices.

Nominations for the Best Practice Nurse Awards will close at 5pm on Friday 30th March 2012, so make sure you send your nomination in soon!  Visit APNA website for further information.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

QHealth Graduate RN Recruitment Mid-Year 2012 Campaign Opens 24 March

Applications for the Mid-Year 2012 graduate intake open on Saturday 24 March 2012.

If you missed out on applying to the Start of 2012 Graduate Registered Nurse Recruitment Campaign, you may be eligible to apply for the Mid Year 2012 Campaign.

The Graduate Registered Nurse Recruitment Campaign is for recently or soon to be graduated University level nursing students. Please view the eligibility rules in the Prospectus at

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Last date for withdrawal from subjects without financial penalty Thurs 22 March

Please note Census Date (Thursday 22nd March 2012)  is the last date for alterations to enrolment for Study Period 1 without financial penalty.  The census date for a study period is the last date for all students (domestic and international) to withdraw from subjects in which they are enrolled in that study period without incurring student contribution, tuition fee or international student fee liability or, for Commonwealth supported students, without consuming Student Learning Entitlement.  To avoid fee liability, subject withdrawals must be made via eStudent by the Census Date. See Withdrawing from Components for further information on withdrawing from subjects.  See also Census Dates and Payment Due Dates explained for further information.

Check your JCU Email re class attendance due to heavy rain & flooding in Townsville & Cairns

We are aware of heavy rains and numerous locations of road closures due to flooding in some areas of Cairns and Townsville today, Tuesday 20th March. Access to the Cairns and Townsville JCU campus is still intact, and at this point we anticipate that all regularly scheduled classes will continue as planned.

However, we do ask you to please evaluate your own situation in your location and do not put yourself at risk in order to drive to campus or for the return trip to your home. Please do not drive through flood waters. To that end, the attendance policy will be waived for today’s tutorials, and your Subject Coordinators have been notified of this decision.

If any of the regularly scheduled learning sessions for today need to be cancelled in Cairns or Townsville due to weather, we will again advise you accordingly, so please check your email again before heading out to campus.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Citations for Tweets

Citations for Tweets

Twenty four grads embark on nursing journey | Townsville Bulletin News

Twenty four grads embark on nursing journey | Townsville Bulletin News

Midwifery students working with mums

Midwifery students working with mums |

Reposted from Townsville Bulletin, July 2011.

Nursing & Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme (NAHRLS)

The Australian Government has established the Nursing & Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme (NAHRLS) to support nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in rural and remote Australia to get away on leave.

The NAHRLS can provide your workplace with a suitably matched locum to back-fill positions for up to 14 days. There are no agency fees charged to use this service,  the hosting organisation is only responsible for covering the base locum wage for the period during which the locum is required.

The NAHRLS organises all the administration associated with recruiting and credentialing appropriate locums and arranges and pays the locum's travel, accomodation, meals and incentives payments whilst on placement.

Organisations can also apply to use this scheme for their staff.

For more information on the Eligibility and Selection Criteria visit the NAHRLS website.

Friday, March 16, 2012

"Face of Birth" screening in Cairns and Townsville

The Face of Birth, a film about pregnancy, childbirth and the power of choice.  Three years in the making and filmed across the globe from London to Alice Springs, The Face of Birth is a moving documentary with vital information for anyone considering giving birth in Australia today.  View the film trailer and further information at

Saturday 31st March, 6.30pm, JCU Ampitheatre, JCU Smithfield Campus. Special price for JCU students - pre-book tickets through the website and include in the comment 'JCU Student' and you will get ticket for only $15 ($25 on the night).  Hosted by Maternity Coalition and supported by Cairns Parenting Companion.

Tuesday 20th March, 6pm, Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club for JCU Midwifery students - Tickets $10. There will be a repeat screening on March 27th at 7.30pm supported by the Maternity Coalition Townsville and Phillipa Scott @ Birth Buddies.  For tickets contact Ros Lock at JCU email

Overview of Australian Indigenous Health Status 2011 now available

The latest ‘Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2011’ is now available on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website. The Overview provides comprehensive information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations; the context of Indigenous health; various measures of population health status; selected health conditions; and health risk factors. It is an excellent teaching resource and will provide students with a detailed overview of the major health conditions affecting Indigenous Australians.

Also available is a power point presentation containing all of the graphs and charts in the Overview.  The latest version of the Overview is available on our website as a PDF to download, print or viewed as a read only version. While limited hard copy versions are printed each year, the version on the site is always the most current and is updated regularly as new information becomes available.

The continued focus of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is to help to ‘close the gap’ by providing the evidence base to inform practice and policy. The Overview is a key component of our work in adding to the knowledge and evidence base that will inform and assist those working or studying in Indigenous Australian health.   The site itself is a rich web resource that is freely accessible.

Students may also be interested in comprehensive reviews of many health topics which delve deeper into specific conditions.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Club RHINO Close the Gap Day Event - Thurs 22 March Townsville

RHINO would like to invite all students and staff to participate in the National Close the Gap Day at JCU Townsville Campus!

On Thursday March 22, RHINO is helping run a Close the Gap Day event, to bring awareness about inequalities in health care between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. This will be in partnership with the School of Medicine and the Indigenous Health Unit, as well as a few Indigenous students.

We hope the event to contain two or three quick guest speakers, as well as a few educational stalls about Indigenous health, culture and enterprise. The focus of Close the Gap in 2012 is partnership with Indigenous Australians in helping close the gap, and by educating our fellow students and staff about Indigenous health, we are taking the first few steps.

When: Thursday March 22
Where: Health Precinct, between the School of Medicine (Bldg 46) and School of Pharmacy (Bldg 47).
Time: 11 am - 1 pm

Gold coin donation BBQ/Soft drink! :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Scopus Young Researcher Awards 2012

The Scopus Young Researcher Awards 2012

Festival of Learning Workshop - Townsville Sat 17 March

Learning Skills workshops

Both new and continuing JCU students are invited to the Festival of Learning to be held on Saturday 17 March 2012.  The purpose of the Festival is to show that Learning can be fun and to introduce you to a range of learning techniques. You will also receive valuable information about getting organised - one of the greatest challenges for many students.

Topics to be covered include:
  • Active learning – the only effective way to learn
  • MindMapping – the genius study tool
  • How learning to juggle one ball teaches us important lessons about learning 
  • Easy ways to remember important things

Time : 9.00am – 3.30pm
Venue: Sir George Kneipp Theatre (Building 26)
Cost: $20

Please bring pen and paper. Lunch, tea, coffee and cordial provided.

One of the highlights of the Festival will be the appearance of Doctor Who.

Please download the application form for the Festival which gives more details.  You can also access the online material at Learning Skills Online.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Like JCU on Facebook to have Faculty donate $1 to Shave for a Cure

Join our Nursing Students on Friday 16 March from 11am at the Nursing Undercroft (near building 25) as they shave for a cure on behalf of an ill classmate. They will also be running a coloured shirt day – wear a yellow shirt and donate a gold coin to help the family. For all those who come along to show their support, there will be a free BBQ and drinks!

For every "like" this status gets on Facebook (up to a thousand) the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences will donate $1.00 to the cause.

You can also support the cause by donating online at or make a donation on the day.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Alf Kretschmar Award 2012 Now Open

The Alf Kretschmar Award 'Caring for the person with cancer – a positive nursing experience' aims to involve enrolled nurses, undergraduate student nurses and assistants-in-nursing in the promotion of positive community attitudes about and opinions toward cancer.

This Cancer Council Queensland essay competition is named after the late Alf Kretschmar who was the first field officer with Cancer Council Queensland. Mr Kretschmar attached particular importance to providing information about cancer to the community.  This award stands in memory of Alf Kretschmar in order that his work be continued.

First prize includes $1000, plus travel, daily allowance and registration costs to attend the Annual Oncology Nurses Group Conference. A second prize of $500 and four merit prizes of $100 are also awarded.

Applications are now open for the 2012 Alf Kretschmar Awards.  Visit the Cancer Council Queensland website to download the application package.

Nursing students shave for a cure - free BBQ in Townsville

In support of a student who was last week diagnosed with cancer, the students in Nursing will be holding a Shave for a Cure event on Friday, March 16 from 11am, in the Nursing Undercroft (Townsville).

They will also be holding a yellow shirt day – wear a yellow shirt and provide a gold coin donation. This is to help out the student, who is too unwell to work.

The Head of School in Nursing, Lee Stewart, has set the following challenge:  If Heads of School and Staff get onboard with this and make a donation (on the day or online) Lee will shave her head on Friday 16!

There will be music and a free BBQ for everyone who comes along and shows their support, so lets open our hearts and wallets to help out the student team!

You can donate online: or on the day.