Students improve care through Big Ideas

La Trobe University Nursing & Midwifery, Allied health students and Royal Melbourne Hospital staff will soon be presenting their innovative and creative ideas on improving patients care at the first ever BIG IDEAS symposium, 22nd June, 2017. The symposium is featuring in the line-up of events scheduled for the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s annual research week.

Associate Professor Louise Ward, Ms Sinead Barry (Lecturer in Nursing), Sam Pilling (Senior Experiential Learning Advisor and Lucy Rollinson (College General Manager)            developed the Symposium to offer students and staff an opportunity to come together and show case their creative thinking.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery Associate Professor Louise Ward praised the partnership between La Trobe and Royal Melbourne Hospital saying;

“The symposium is an alternate approach to education, bringing staff and students together to work on solving real life problems in health care. Involving students in this way has the potential to motivate their interest in research and support their transition into the workplace through strong partnership and collaboration between La Trobe University and Royal Melbourne Hospital” Dr Ward

“Our students often have great ideas in how to improve patient care and the symposium allows the next generation of graduates to make a positive change in the sector even before they enter it,” Ms Barry said.

“Royal Melbourne Hospital is seeing the success of the Nursing and Allied Health clinical school in our graduates who are now career ready and eager to help improve the healthcare profession,” Dr Ward said.

Senior experiential learning advisor Sam Pilling said, “There is a substantial shift in mind set required as student’s transition to being graduate professionals. This chance to present an idea in a conference like format affords a fantastic opportunity to students ready to start the evolution into their professional role identity”.

Event Information

When: Thursday 22 June 2017. 2pm to 5pm.

Where: Royal Melbourne Hospital Seminar Rooms

Opening the Symposium:
- A/Prof Denise Heinjus, Executive Director Nursing Services & Allied Health / La Trobe University
- Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Pike

Closing Address: Professor Lisa McKenna Head, Nursing and Midwifery, College of Science Health and Engineering / Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos Head of School of Allied Health, La Trobe University

Media Contact: Dylan May – - 9479 5353 / 0407125909