School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

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School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine


Welcome to the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine in the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering.

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, aims to provide excellence in teaching and research across the disciplines of:

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 back in 2013, and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital is currently under construction and opening in 2016.

While the School is still young, it has grown to include 33 academic staff and 10 administrative, professional and technical staff supporting 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.


For more information about the programs on offer please contact:

General enquiries and student support
: +61 7 5430 2890
Fax: +61 7 5456 2882

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
: +61 7 5456 5856

Professor Margaret Barnes
Head of School,
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

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