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College of Nursing and Midwifery Quarterly Newsletter 

December 2020

2020 has been a unique year for the world. The College has continued to work through all the Covid-19 challenges for our staff and students across Australia and yet has still seen unprecedented demand for our academic programs and achieved success in research outcomes.

Congratulations to Yvette Roe – Professor of Indigenous Health and Co-Director of The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre on leading a successful NHMRC $2.5m Centre of Research Excellence grant that will continue the good work of the Centre in improving the health of first nations families.

Congratulations to Bachelor of Nursing student Stuart McGrath as the 2021 NT Young Australian of the Year, in recognition for his passion for improving health outcomes in his local island community of Galiwinku.

2020 has been designated by the World Health Assembly as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife and we feature Adjunct Associate Professor Robyn Thompson in this newsletter to acknowledge the importance of our midwifery profession.

The value of both the nursing and midwifery professions has never been more evident as the world responds to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read about the impact of the pandemic on your own professional development.

The College is continually growing and we feature new staff member Brad Herbert based at CDU Sydney Campus and our academic staff member and Honours graduate Donna Diffley based in Perth. We feature our new Perth and Melbourne clinical simulation suites in our efforts to ensure you can complete your clinical training and placements in your own state.

The College continues to expand our academic courses. Read about some of our new and exciting postgraduate courses for 2021, in particular our new Master of Nursing [pre-reg] for those of you seeking a career change to nursing in just two years. We also have a new foundation science course for those of you from a non-science background seeking to upskill your knowledge.

We also plan an entire new suite of continuing professional development [CPD] courses with the establishment of our new CDU Sydney Health Precinct.

Enjoy time away from work and study at the end of this challenging year and spend time with your loved ones.

We will continue to share all the inspiring good news stories with you, and keep you informed of College activities and future plans. If you are a student, alumni, clinical partner or a key stakeholder please join our CDU community to connect, discover and grow.

Professor Catherine Turner AM
College Dean

CDU partners with IHNA

CDU’s College of Nursing and Midwifery has joined forces with the Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (IHNA), to enable progress from the institute’s Graduate Diploma in Nursing to a Master of Nursing at CDU.

CDU introduces Foundation Science short courses to bridge the study gap

In a strategy to bridge the gap between high school science and first year undergraduate science, the College has developed a short course for students intending on studying health qualifications.

Honours student hopes to shine a light on the importance of fostering resilience among student nurses


Ngukurr pre-university students visit CDU's Darwin campus:


Course spotlight

For those who are looking for a career change, CDU’s Master of Nursing Practice (pre-registration) is the perfect course

HESTA Nurse of the year


Dr Robyn Thompson awarded Honorary Appointment by CDU


New nursing courses coming to Sydney’s CBD in 2021


Staff spotlight - Bradley Herbert
$2.5 million to improve health of First Nations families

A program that is already showing unprecedented success in improving the health and employment outcomes of First Nations families has been awarded $2.5 million in funding through the National Health and Medical Research Council.

How COVID-19 will affect nurses' professional development

COVID-19 has totally changed the way that we live, socialise and work. But for nurses on the frontline, it’s meant an even bigger shift in healthcare practice and patient care. So, how will these changes affect the future of nursing?

COVID-19 career queen: Why this nurse decided to upskill

Faced with a mandatory quarantine and more clinical unknowns at work, registered nurse Robyn decided the time was right to return to uni and do a postgraduate nursing course. And thanks to the flexibility of online study, she’s been able to finish it quickly and fit it in with her work commitments.

Aeromedical retreival

A passion for aeromedical retrieval, and more recently lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, has been the catalyst for the College of Nursing and Midwifery’s new Masters of Aeromedical Retrieval, set to commence in 2021.

CDU student crowned NT Young Australian of the Year

Charles Darwin University Bachelor of Nursing student Stuart McGrath is the 2021 NT Young Australian of the Year, in recognition for his passion for improving health outcomes in his local community.

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