The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, aims to provide excellence in teaching and research across the disciplines of:
Vision: To prepare and develop Registered Nurses whose practice is evidence informed within a social justice framework.
Approach: The Bachelor of Nursing Science and Bachelor of Nursing Science (Graduate Entry) programs prepare graduates who meet the NMBA Registered Nurse Standards for Practice and may apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Authority (AHPRA). Graduates will be confident, ethical and accountable practitioners who work individually and collaboratively to deliver care and shape health care practice. Graduates will enable individuals and groups to access and participate in their healthcare in diverse health service settings and will work to ensure equitable and inclusive care and safeguard their interests and wellbeing. Post-registration and postgraduate study options at professional development, graduate certificate and masters level enable registered nurses to influence health service development by preparing them for clinical leadership, research and advanced practice roles and provides opportunity for continuing professional development.
Vision: To develop and sustain woman-centred, evidence-based midwifery knowledge and practice.
Approach: The midwifery discipline prepares graduates to be confident, ethical and accountable practitioners who work individually and collaboratively to deliver maternity care and shape health care practice. Our undergraduate midwifery program is underpinned by a social justice framework and focuses on woman-centred, evidence-based midwifery care. The curriculum content is organised to reflect core themes: woman-centred midwifery care; midwifery continuity of care and primary health care principles; incorporation of maternity care priorities, research, policy and reform; and specific professional, social and social justice perspectives. The delivery of the curriculum is multi-modal and emphasises a blended learning approach and learner centred pedagogy. Case based learning is used extensively within the curriculum, in addition to integrated clinical practice experiences throughout. On completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
Vision: The Bachelor of Paramedic Science aims to develop graduates with the ability to provide safe and effective health care within the community, and who are capable of adapting to future healthcare and health workforce needs.
Approach: Paramedic Science develops foundation knowledge in life sciences that supports an understanding of disease, and the management of acute injury or health problems in the community. An understanding of public health principles and the paramedic role in the broader health care system underpins the teaching. Principles of evidence-based practice are used to help students understand contemporary approaches to resuscitation, trauma management, childbirth, and the assessment and initial management of health crises across the lifespan. Simulation is used to enable core competencies, and praxis is further developed through supervised learning in clinical settings. The discipline aims to develop graduates that are reflective practitioners, who contribute to the provision of safe and effective health care, and who can adapt to changes in community health needs.
There is a strong emphasis on interprofessional learning and engagement with health agencies in the region. Students have opportunities to work closely with health services and health professionals to develop professional attributes during their coursework.
The region’s health services are rapidly expanding with the opening of the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in 2013 and 2017 respectively.
Since the School's inception in 2012, it has grown to include 54 academic staff and 15 professional staff supporting well over 1000 student enrolments. The School offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs and has a growing research student cohort.
Research and research training
The School has a strong research profile. The USC NURTURE Research Group located within the School builds on its discipline strengths to maximise interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research collaboration. Our aims are to engage in research focused on delivering health dividends to the local, national and international community through testing of clinical, health service and educational innovations, development of multidisciplinary research teams and the translation of research into practice. Within the NURTURE Group there are three programs of research focusing on Maternal and Child Health; Care of Adults with Acute and Complex Conditions; and Health Professional Education.
For further information about research within, and research collaborations with, the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine please contact Associate Professor Jo Wu.
For more information about the nursing, midwifery and paramedicine programs on offer please contact:
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Associate Professor Amanda Henderson
Head of School,
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine