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Drinks with the Dean 2011

Dean John Daly gives his address

John Daly, Dean and Professor of the Faculty of Nursing Midwifery and Health hosted the annual Drinks with the Dean event last night, an event held to recognise the role of industry partners in the success achieved by the Faculty throughout the year. The event followed on from a master class led by visiting scholar Professor Kathleen Potempa (opens to external site), Dean, University of Michigan School of Nursing on the challenges of nursing leadership in uncertain economic and political climates.

In his address, Professor Daly reconfirmed the Faculty’s commitment to strengthening links between health professionals and the Faculty.

“The Faculty produces world class research and education. We focus on impact and our partnerships with industry are integral in this pursuit to advance and inform future health care practice.” He said. “I want to thank you for your support in 2011 and let you know that in 2012 we will be providing even more opportunities for health professionals to engage with UTS. There will be an increase in the number of fantastic master classes like the one you’ve just experienced and opportunities for professional development.“

Prof Kathleen Potempa meets UTS colleagues

Professor Daly went on to announce that eminent psychiatrist Associate Professor Beth Kotze will Chair the Dean’s Industry Advisory Board from 2012, an appointment that reflects the Faculty’s strategy to improve interdisciplinary health research and education.

“Beth Kotze is Director of Mental Health, Kids at NSW Health, a project leader at the Black Dog Institute and a consultant at the Mood Disorders Unit Depression Clinic. She is a highly respected authority on mental health in Australia and I am delighted that we will benefit from her expertise as Chair of our Industry Advisory Board.”

Professor Potempa also gave an address, congratulating the Faculty on achievements that include NHMRC funding, Australian Government tenders, an AusAid funded project to rebuild midwifery in Papua New Guinea and an ongoing commitment to teaching and learning excellence that has seen a $4.8million facility built for the Faculty, but she encouraged all present to see greatness as a journey, not a destination.

NMH industry partners gather to celebrate

“The University of Michigan is considered to be one of the USA’s great universities. But as we look towards our third century, we are reflecting on what this means.” She said “Great universities are more than just teaching institutions, they are progressive. Striving for great innovations, great research that will help to build and improve our world. It is up to us to help grow the future generations who will carry on this practice and drive change in health care.”

“I am incredibly impressed with Dean Daly and his colleagues' great research achievements this year. Congratulations - I look forward to hearing more about the growth and work of the Faculty as like us, you continue on your journey towards greatness.”

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