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Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Newcastle School of Nursing and Midwifery raises funds for sick children

The Newcastle School of Nursing and Midwifery has again raised additional funds for the Fairy Garden project at Lampang Hospital in Thailand, a project they helped open in 2012.

The Fairy Garden is a haven for sick children and their families as they cope with the stress of illness. Initially installed at John Hunter Hospital in one of the hospital’s courtyards, it proved so popular that planning began for one in Thailand.

Newcastle School of Nursing and Midwifery raises funds for sick children

UON volunteers help raise funds for sick kids (Photo: UON)

A group of Australian volunteers, including Associate Professor Pamela van der Riet, began planning in 2010 with the garden officially opening in April 2012. Delegations from UON have visited Lampang Hospital every year since, and are part of an increasingly international focus for the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

With the latest group of 12 students departing in the second week of June for a two-week study tour, their visit coincides with fundraising efforts at Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie as part of recent International Nurses Day celebrations, with almost $2,000 raised.

While the student trip is covered by the Federal government’s New Colombo Mobility Program Plan, the Fairy Garden relies on community funding to sustain operations, which staff and students have continued to do since its opening.

Dr Van der Riet says that trips like these immerse students in the Thai system to teach the sorts of cultural sensitivities that help nurses in a multicultural nation such as Australia. Researchers are also discovering that these types of “healing environments” are having a tangible impact on the health of patients.

Dr Van der Riet has been lead author on two recent nursing journal articles written with her Thai colleagues on the experiences of families using the Lampang garden, with visible improvement to the quality of life for sick children. With many of the children suffering chronic diseases such as leukemia and other life-threatening illnesses at the hospital, having the only green space that exists in Lampang hospital available for children helps alleviate the stress of long-term stays.

University of Newcastle Nursing School

The University of Newcastle Nursing School has an innovative approach to undergraduate and graduate teaching, and enjoys close collaboration with local area health services in providing clinical learning experiences for students, in the provision of graduate programs and in the conduct of clinical research. The school strives to prepare and develop nurses to function in a wide range of clinical settings, occupational health facilities and rehabilitation services.

Program: Bachelor of Nursing
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline candidates are encouraged to submit their applications before the end of September for the February intake.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Nursing School!

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Learn more about the University of Newcastle Nursing School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Nursing Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

University of Newcastle welcomes NSW Government support for Central Coast health and well-being precinct

The University of Newcastle (UON) has warmly welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement that it has earmarked $20 million for new health and medical education and research facilities for the Central Coast.

With partners, the university will continue to work with the Commonwealth to secure the balance of the required investment. If funding is secured, the transformational project will create a new centre of excellence in Gosford that will be regionally focused, and globally engaged.

University of Newcastle Nursing School

Learn more about nursing and health sciences at the University of Newcastle

The proposed new Precinct will contain a Central Coast Medical School—based on UON’s existing medical school—and an affiliated Health and Medical Research Institute on the site of the redeveloping Gosford Hospital. These new facilities would deliver up to $72.5 million of capital investment to the Central Coast, and be a catalyst for enhanced integrated healthcare, research and innovation, and new opportunities for the whole region.

The project’s benefits include

  • economic impact of $209 million for the regional economy over 10 years.
  • 765 new jobs for the Central Coast.
  • a brand new health and medical education and research precinct delivering new regionally trained doctors, nurses and allied health practitioners.
  • a major boost to the Coast’s knowledge economy, retaining and attracting investment and talent to the region.

Reflecting on the University of Newcastle’s commitment to allocate 30 of its existing medical places to the project, and to invest up to $20 million capital, UON Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said the project was a boost for the Coast.

“We are delighted to welcome the NSW Government’s support for this project. UON has been the Central Coast’s university for 27 years, and we remain committed to building opportunity and driving innovation in the region.

“This new proposal is distinctive because it can deliver outcomes and benefits quickly: no new medical places are required, and UON already delivers excellent medical, nursing and allied health programs and conducts world-class research,” said Professor McMillen. Federal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks MP, who has championed the project, said the announcement was fantastic news.

“I’ve been fighting for funding for two years for this medical research institute and medical school in Gosford. I’m so delighted the NSW Government has delivered,and I will keep fighting, whether it takes one year or 20 years, to see this opportunity become a reality.”

“This is about creating a region of world class excellence, aspiration and innovation on the Central Coast,” said Ms Wicks.

UON is ranked in the top 300 universities worldwide, and in the top 8 universities in Australia for funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). UON’s nursing discipline was ranked in the top 100 by QS World University Subject Rankings 2016.

University of Newcastle Nursing School

The University of Newcastle Nursing School has an innovative approach to undergraduate and graduate teaching, and enjoys close collaboration with local area health services in providing clinical learning experiences for students, in the provision of graduate programs and in the conduct of clinical research. The school strives to prepare and develop nurses to function in a wide range of clinical settings, occupational health facilities and rehabilitation services.

Program: Bachelor of Nursing
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline candidates are encouraged to submit their applications before the end of September for the February intake.

Apply to the University of Newcastle Nursing School!

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Find out more about studying nursing. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Nursing Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Friday, August 15th, 2014

University of Newcastle Three Minute Thesis winner

Countless hours of research were condensed into bite-sized portions as postgraduate students took part in the University of Newcastle final of the national/trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on July 23.

Eighteen postgraduate researchers each had just 180 seconds and a single presentation slide to summarise their thesis for a non-specialist audience.

University of Newcastle Nursing School

Study nursing at the University of Newcastle

The 3MT Newcastle final provided the crowd with a unique insight into the innovative studies being undertaken by the university’s higher degree students, while also enhancing participants’ presentation and communication skills.

Among the finalists were nutrition and dietetics student, Lee Ashton, whose presentation detailed his investigation into the health and lifestyle issues faced by men aged 18 to 25. Lee’s research addresses the culture of poor health surrounding the demographic, with the aim of developing tailored healthy lifestyle programs for young men.

Newcastle Nursing School student Joanne Harmon shared how her thesis explores the communication barriers between nurses and elderly patients, and their influence on the effectiveness of pain management in hospitals along Australia’s east coast.

In the process of completing a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Emad Nemhelal presented his thesis involving how to reduce the effects of global warming through the capture and solidification of carbon dioxide, while fellow finalist Nursing PhD student Gary Crowfoot divulged his findings on the accessibility of stroke prevention measures for Australian patients, and talked his way into the final round of the National/Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, overcoming stiff competition from 17 fellow UON postgraduate researchers.

A panel comprised of Newcastle City Councillor Nuatali Nelmes, co-founder of Slingshot Trent Bagnall and CEO of HunterNet Tony Cade were on hand to judge the event.

The University of Newcastle winner Gary Crowfoot will compete at the national/trans-Tasman final hosted by the University of Western Australia in November.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Newcastle is one of four schools within the Faculty of Health. The school has an innovative approach to undergraduate and graduate teaching, and enjoys close collaboration with local area health services in providing clinical learning experiences for students, in the provision of graduate programs and in the conduct of clinical research.

Program: Bachelor of Nursing
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years

Apply to the University of Newcastle Nursing School!

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For more information about how to apply to a nursing school in Australia, tuition fees, and scholarships, please contact OzTREKK’sAustralian Nursing Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com.

Friday, September 27th, 2013

OzTREKK Funny Friday

A police officer was rushed to the hospital with an inflamed appendix. The doctors operated and advised him that all was well; however, the officer kept feeling something pulling at the hairs on his chest.

Australian Nursing Schools

Beware of the sharp attack!

Worried that it might be a second surgery the doctors hadn’t told him about, he finally got enough energy to pull his hospital gown down far enough so he could look at what was making him so uncomfortable.

Taped firmly across his hairy chest were three wide strips of adhesive tape, the kind that doesn’t come off easily.

Written in large black letters was the sentence—

“Get well quick. With love, from the nurse you gave a ticket to last week.”

About Australian Nursing Schools

Canadian and Australian nursing programs at the university level are similar. To become a registered nurse, you need to complete a Bachelor of Nursing degree, or, alternatively, you can undertake a general undergraduate degree and then progress into a two-year, graduate-entry master’s degree.

The graduate-entry nursing master’s degrees offered by OzTREKK‘s Australian Nursing Schools are intended for university graduates with a degree in an area other than nursing who wish to train for a career in nursing.

Career Opportunities

Registered Nurse
This group includes registered nurses, psychiatric nurses and graduates of a nursing program awaiting registration (graduate nurses). They provide direct nursing care to patients, deliver health education programs and provide consultative services regarding issues relevant to the practice of nursing.

They are employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, extended-care facilities, rehabilitation centres, doctors’ offices, clinics, community agencies, companies and private homes, or they may be self-employed.

Example Titles
Clinical nurse
Community health nurse
Critical care nurse
Graduate nurse
Intensive care nurse
Nurse researcher
Nursing consultant
Nursing researcher
Occupational health nurse
Private duty nurse
Registered nurse
Registered psychiatric nurse

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For more information about how to become a nurse, including nursing program entry requirements, application deadlines, how to apply to nursing school in Australia, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian Nursing Schools page.

If you have any questions, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Nursing Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!

 

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

University of Newcastle Nursing School applications are open for 2014

University of Newcastle Nursing School applications are open for the 2014 intake via OzTREKK.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Newcastle is one of four schools within the Faculty of Health. The school has an innovative approach to undergraduate and graduate teaching, and enjoys close collaboration with local area health services in providing clinical learning experiences for students, in the provision of graduate programs and in the conduct of clinical research.

Students will cover courses including nursing therapeutics, foundations of nursing and human bio-science. There is an option to select a mental health or aged care stream. Nursing therapeutics courses include clinical placements.

Program: Bachelor of Nursing
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline for this nursing program, applicants are strongly encouraged by University of Newcastle to submit their applications before the end of September 2013 for the February 2014 intake.

Entry Requirements: Eligible applicants must have completed a high school diploma. Biology and/or chemistry, general English and general maths. A significant component of the program is conducted online via the internet; therefore you need to have computer skills, including word processing, email and web searching. If you do not have these skills you are advised to undertake a preparatory course. If you have not studied HSC biology, chemistry and maths you are advised to undertake bridging courses conducted by the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre during January and February each year.

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Find out more about the University of Newcastle Nursing School!

For more information about how to become a nurse, including nursing program entry requirements, application deadlines, how to apply to nursing school in Australia, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian Nursing Schools page.

If you have any questions, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Nursing Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady or Admissions Manager Beth McNally.

Email Rachel at rachel@oztrekk.com or Beth at beth@oztrekk.com; or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia and about nursing programs at Australian universities.