ACU backs Nurse and Midwifery Unit Manager Development Program


Nurse and Midwifery Unit Managers working in Catholic health and aged care services are invited to apply for professional development grants, Australian Catholic University (ACU) Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Craven announced at today’s Catholic Health Australia (CHA) Conference.

The announcement of 20 grants of $2,500 each for eligible Nurse and Midwifery Unit Managers working across CHA member organisations follows the publication of last year’s CHA Nursing and Midwifery Project report which recommended a focus on providing professional development options for senior nurses and midwives.

"We’re delighted to strengthen the partnership of the Australian Catholic University and Catholic hospitals and aged care services by providing this $50,000 sponsorship that will enable 20 senior nurses and midwives to choose how they might develop themselves professionally," Prof Craven said.

The initiative is being supported by ACU’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

Catholic Health Australia CEO Martin Laverty said the CHA Nursing and Midwifery Project pointed to the need to offer to nurse and midwifery unit managers time out from their busy workloads to allow them to build their skills.

"The generosity of the University will allow that to happen. Following Prof Craven’s announcement, CHA invited Nurse and Midwifery Unit Managers working in CHA member organisations to make applications to the 'ACU-CHA Nurse and Midwifery Unit Manager Professional Development Grant Program'," Mr Laverty said.

The grants will be targeted at supporting Nurse and Midwifery Unit Managers who wish to spend time in like facilities within the Catholic hospital and aged care network, gaining insights into how other units are run. The program seeks to foster greater cooperation and collaboration across Catholic organisations.

Other areas for which grants may be sought include management development, budget management, research, human resource practices, conflict management and mentoring and leadership.

Applications open on 2 September and will close on 1 October. Ten grants will be awarded by 1 November. A second application round will open on 1 April 2012, with 10 grants to be awarded by 1 May 2012.

Applications should be supported by a Director of Nursing and detail how the funds will be used (eg accommodation, course cost, travel). Applications should show a continuing commitment to the Catholic health and aged care ministry, an ability to complete the activity within six months of the grant being made, and a willingness to participate in sponsor publicity.

Applications addressing the selection criteria in one to two pages need to be forwarded to Deborah Reynolds at Catholic Health Australia by email to or PO Box 330, Deakin West, 2600 by 1 October for consideration by the CHA Director of Nursing and Midwifery Committee. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 November.

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