Thursday, August 22, 2013

REMINDER: Aged Care Nursing Scholarships closing 30 August

REMINDER: Aged Care Nursing Scholarships closing Friday 30 August

Aged Care Nursing Scholarships provide funding for nurses working in aged care facilities and for nursing students with an interest and commitment to working in aged care.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

JCU Professional College Workshops & Events in SP2

JCU’s Professional College offers opportunities for students to develop professional and personal skills, through activities that extend beyond day-to-day studies.  All enrolled students are members of the College.

The College facilitates and recognises student participation in co-curricular activities with a focus on life in the tropics – building on your skills and supporting your lifelong development.

The College’s activities and events are grouped within three modules: Leadership, Community Engagement and Cultural Competency.

All workshops and events are free.  Upcoming workshops in Townsville and Cairns include:
  • Networking & social media presence
  • Public speaking
  • Leadership for sustainability
  • Stress management
  • Confident, assertive, in charge: developing the attitudes of leadership, anti-bullying and effective communication
  • Managing yourself and working with others
  • Culture and communication
  • Cultural awareness
  • RUOK? Day - Suicide awareness and response
  • Mental Health Week - Mindfulness
  • Conflict resolution 

Free membership: If you are enrolled at JCU, you are a member of the JCU Professional College.

Keep a record: Record your participation in activities & events. Try using Career Hub or PebblePad.

Completion: Each 10 hour module can be completed over the course of your degree.

Recognition: Download the form from the website. At the end of each major study period, request a certificate for completed modules. Upon graduation, apply for formal recognition of completed modules.

For further information, please visit

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Aged Care Roundtable with Shadow Minister for Aged Care

The Federal Member for Herbert, Ewen Jones (pictured) organised an Aged Care Roundtable with Shadow Minister for Aged Care, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells on Tuesday 30 July.

Dr. Kristin Wicking (pictured to Jones’ right), who is the Director of Education and the Course Coordinator for SNMN’s Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma / Master’s courses with a major in Care of the Older Adult, was invited to participate; and was accompanied by Ms Adele Baldwin (pictured to Wicking’s right), who spearheads undergraduate education for nursing students regarding care of the Older Adult.

Both academics spoke passionately about the need for major reform in this sector and their commitment to preparing the future nursing workforce to provide respectful, quality care to older Australians.

Doctors Know Best Lecture - Prof. Linda Shields

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Sister Kenny's Legacy in the Tropics: Professorial Inaugural Lecture - Prof. Linda Shields, Wed 21 Aug, 5.30pm

Sister Elizabeth Kenny
The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition invites you to attend a Professorial Inaugural Lecture by Professor Linda Shields.

"Sister Kenny's Legacy in the Tropics"

In 1934, Sister Elizabeth Kenny, the polio treatment pioneer, set up the first nursing research unit in Australia in Townsville.  Kenny's work is a wonderful example of how nursing led the world in research and treatment that had huge benefits for the health of people and nations.  I have been inspired by Kenny to develop a programme of research which is translatable to the health and wellbeing of children and their families across the world.

In this presentation, I will show why Kenny was such a leader, and how she came to Townsville. I will explain how my research, about the care of children and families in health services, has, like Kenny's work, been used to guide practice and inquiry.  In addition, I will show why my other area of research, history, is so important for the health care of today.  Finally, I will demonstrate how nurses can continue Kenny's legacy and why it is so important to the people of North Queensland, and the nursing profession as a whole.

Date: Wednesday 21 August 2013, commencing at 5.30pm.
Location:  The Raffles Room at the Southbank Hotel and Convention Centre, Palmer Street, South Townsville.

All Welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP please by Thursday, 15th August 2013 to