Strengthening links with Border health

La Trobe University has strengthened its links with the Border health industry with the appointment of Albury-Wodonga Health clinical nurse educator Emma Horsfield as a conjoint lecturer at the University.

Ms Horsfield is a clinical nurse educator at Albury-Wodonga Health and already works with La Trobe University students who are completing clinical placement as part of their Bachelor of Nursing degrees. She will remain in this role while joining La Trobe’s staff to teach students on campus.

Head of Rural Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe, Dr Les Fitzgerald, said that the joint appointment supports the current practice of sharing of expertise between the University and the health sector.

‘The University is committed to developing and maintaining strong links with health care providers to ensure students gain the benefit of learning directly from practising expert clinicians,’ Dr Fitzgerald said. 

‘Joint appointments are the way of the future in healthcare education, and we are establishing similar positions at La Trobe’s Bendigo, Mildura and Shepparton campuses,’ Dr Fitzgerald said. 

Lecturer in Nursing at the Albury-Wodonga Campus, Ms Sally Squire, said Ms Horsfield is an experienced critical care nurse. 

‘Emma’s expertise working within an acute clinical setting is of great importance to our nursing students here at La Trobe,’ Ms Squire said. ‘Ultimately, this expertise also benefits patients, as our nursing students graduate and enter the workforce as more highly skilled healthcare practitioners.

Manager Professional Development & Research at Albury Wodonga Health, Ms Debbie Stockton, said the partnership will benefit both the health service and La Trobe University.

‘Collaboration of this nature will enhance the learning experiences of students during their course and while they are gaining clinical experience through practical placements,’ Ms Stockton said. 

‘This joint position will also provide a valuable opportunity for Albury Wodonga Health educators to enhance their knowledge and application of contemporary health education practice.’

The partnership between La Trobe University and Albury Wodonga Health extends to a number of other areas. La Trobe staff conduct professional development workshops for Albury Wodonga Health staff and are currently strengthening their involvement with other projects. 

These include the Hume Simulation Alliance, which gives staff and students in the Hume region the opportunity to develop their clinical skills using computerised mannequins and actors. 

Ms Horsfield commenced at La Trobe prior to the start of Semester 1, 2014.

Media contact

Sally Squire, Nursing, Albury-Wodonga Campus

T  +61 2 6024 9806 | E  s.squire@latrobe.edu.au

Suzi Macbeth, Media and Communications

T  + 61 3 9479 5353 | E  s.macbeth@latrobe.edu.au

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