The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, aims to provide excellence in teaching and research across the disciplines of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Science.
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 58 academic staff supporting well over 3800 student enrolments. The School offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs and has a growing research student cohort.
Head of School
Discipline Lead: Associate Professor Frances Lin
Our Nursing 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.
Discipline Lead: Dr Rachel Reed
Our midwifery program 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.
Discipline Lead: Dr Nigel Barr
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.
The NURTURE Research Group builds on the strengths of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine to maximise interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research collaboration.
Mission: to deliver 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.
We also want to NURTURE the next generation of health professionals.
Led by Professor Jeanine Young, USC has a well established theme in maternal and child health research which has continued to grow in recent years with several projects involving international partners.
Current projects include infant and toddler breastfeeding support and promotion, maternal and family transition, strategies to reduce infant mortality, including the first Australian safe sleep enabler for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, paediatric nurse decision making, and studies which address optimal outcomes for labour and birth.
Led by Dr Alison Craswell has strong links with clinical and academic collaborators and holds the following positions: Honorary Research Fellow with Mater Research Institute, University of Queensland (MMRI-UQ) and Honorary Research Fellow with Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH); Chair of Expert Reference Group, JBI Cardiovascular Node (Southern Hemisphere).
Jo has established strong multidisciplinary teams, making significant contributions to promoting and advancing knowledge in field of self-management for patients with coronary heart disease and diabetes, as evidenced from successful awards including winning a Bronze Medal from the European Society for Person Centred Healthcare (the only Australian to receive this award in 2015) and publications including systematic reviews (quantitative and qualitative) in refereed journals. Planned projects include refinement of intervention programs, incorporating telehealth and peer supporters in the program and testing these delivery modes for transitional care
Led by Dr John Rosenberg, this research theme is strategically based around ageing and community care to align with the research priorities of the University. Both elements of this theme present tremendous opportunities to establish new, and consolidate existing, partnerships with key stakeholders both within the University and in the health and aged care sectors and the communities they support and the wider health care sector.
Ageing research incorporates elements of care of older persons, which could include health promotion and preventative care, rehabilitation, chronic disease management, residential and home-dwelling aged care, and more. It also enables research of educational and workforce issues in aged care.
Community care research takes a lifespan view of this setting of care, and could include primary care, health promotion, mental health, chronic disease management, palliative and end-of-life care, and more. It also enables research of educational and workforce issues in health care that sit outside of hospitals and residential aged care.
Innovative research with interdisciplinary teams is promoted and both quantitative and qualitative methods are utilised to suit the nature of the research enquiry. Higher Degree Research students are supported by academic experts to undertake studies within these content areas and methodological approaches.
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.
NURTURE Research Projects
USC NURTURE Research Group
c/- School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
90 Sippy Downs Drive
SIPPY DOWNS QLD 4556
USC NURTURE Research Group
c/- School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
Locked Bag 4
MAROOCHYDORE BC QLD 4558
For more information about the programs on offer, please contact:
Future student or Community
Tel: +61 7 5430 2890
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
School Support Officer: Chris Goninon
Tel: +61 7 5456 3499