Welcome to the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, aims to provide excellence in teaching and research across the disciplines of:
- Discipline Leader: Associate Professor Jennifer Rowe
- Discipline Leader: Dr Rachel Reed
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.
- Discipline Leader: Associate Professor Bill Lord
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 45 academic staff and 13 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 Cluster 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 Cluster there are three programs of research focusing on Maternal and Child Health; Care of Adults with Acute and Complex Conditions; and Health Professional Education.
- Maternal and Child Health. USC's School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine has world renowned researchers such as Professor Jeanine Young, Associate Professor Margaret Barnes and Associate Professor Jennifer Rowe who work in the areas of infant health, sudden unexpected death in infancy and infant feeding. In addition, Dr Rachel Reed conducts midwifery research and Dr Lauren Kearney is a Research Fellow in this area.
- Acute and Complex Care of Adults. Professor Marianne Wallis has a national and international reputation in this area and she works with a range of USC SNM researchers including Associate Professor Bill Lord, Dr Amanda Henderson and Dr Marc Broadbent on research projects related to vascular access, wound management, emergency care, in-hospital acute care, chronic illness management and palliative care.
- Health Professional Education. Associate Professor Patrea Andersen heads up the strand of research related to health professional educational research her international reputation focuses on the use of simulation in nursing and other health professional education.
For further information about research within, and research collaborations with, the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine please contact Dr Debbie Massey.
General enquiries and student support
Tel: +61 7 5430 2890
Fax: +61 7 5456 2882
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
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Professor Margaret Barnes
Head of School,
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine