Completing clutch of La Trobe degrees

Completing clutch of La Trobe degrees

15 Apr 2011

Thursday 14 April 2011 marks an important day for Shepparton Campus Director Elizabeth Lavender and her family.  Ms Lavender will graduate with a Doctor of Education along with her son, Peter, who will receive a Graduate Diploma in Education (Middle Years) and a Bachelor of Business, completing a family of La Trobe University graduates.

Lavender Family ‘I’m so happy to be able to share this special day with Peter and my family.  My husband Geoff graduated with a Master of Policy and Law in 1993 and my daughter Caroline received her Master of Public Health last year.’ she says.

Ms Lavender’s doctorate focused on the impact of globalisation on the internationalisation of higher education; particularly how the commercial approach impacted upon the policies and practices of nursing education.

Ms Lavender joined the Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, School of Nursing as a lecturer in 1977 and the University when the Institute became part of La Trobe in 1988.  Ms Lavender says she is privileged to have worked in nursing education and at the Melbourne, Albury-Wodonga, and Bendigo campuses as well as coordinating the offshore Bachelor of Nursing program in Hong Kong.  Before her current role as Director of La Trobe’s Shepparton Campus, she served as Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Health Sciences for six years.

The nursing profession is one that Ms Lavender holds dear to her heart as the skills she has learnt have helped her tackle her various responsibilities.

Having graduated from the University of Natal, South Africa in 1970 Ms Lavender then went to London and worked at St Thomas’ Hospital for several years.  

‘Early in my career I was appointed a Nurse Unit Manager, which meant dealing with patients, their families and my own staff.  Being in those high pressure situations taught me valuable lessons which have helped me in my various roles as lecturer, Deputy Dean and now as a Director,’ she says.

Ms Lavender, who has continued to advocate higher education for rural students, is delighted to be graduating alongside 74 other graduands who will be receiving their awards on the day.

‘I am especially delighted to see Richard Welsh receive his Diploma of Business, as he is the first Indigenous student to use this pathway to enter the Bachelor of Accounting.’

Joanne Brown
Campus Executive Officer
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Lisa Prowling
La Trobe University Media Officer and Communications Officer
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