Austin Health Clinical School of Nursing
La Trobe established the La Trobe Austin Clinical School in 2002 in partnership with Austin Health, and, together with University of Melbourne, joined with Austin Health to create the expanded Austin Health Education Precinct and Clinical Skills Center for clinical teaching in 2005. The Clinical School is located within Austin Hospital, which is located to the north-east of Melbourne. The hospital can be easily accessed via train or bus and is 20 minutes' drive from the centre of Melbourne.
As part of the La Trobe University/Austin Health Academic Research Network, the Clinical School of Nursing is a well-established clinical site partnership that provides world-class research, teaching and clinical supervision. The School builds on, extends and integrates the best available research evidence and influential nursing theory, with contemporary clinical nursing excellence across health service specialties.
The Clinical School of Nursing at La Trobe University/Austin Health Academic Research Network is located in the heart of the Austin Hospital, which includes over 560 acute beds. The hospital is a unique teaching, training and research precinct including a teaching space and laboratory on each level of the Austin Hospital Tower.
The whole of Austin Health operates approximately 980 beds across acute, sub-acute and mental health, with a 2011-12 operating budget of over $700 million. Austin Health is an internationally-recognised leader in clinical teaching and training, and is renowned for its research and specialist work in cancer, liver transplantation, spinal cord injuries, neurology, cardiology, endocrinology, mental health and rehabilitation.
This La Trobe University/Austin Health Academic Research Network is a successful partnership with ample opportunities to develop high-level clinical nursing skills, as well as to nurture research and teaching skills in translational collaboration with clinicians, senior academics and consumers from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.
The collaborative and hardworking team at the La Trobe University/Austin Health Academic Research Network conducts high-impact research in the areas of ageing, cognitive impairment and person-centred care, wellness and supportive care, cardiology and cardiac care, urology and advanced practice nursing models and associated outcomes.
Studying at the La Trobe Austin Clinical School
The Austin Clinical School is one of La Trobe's Academic and Research Network clinical school locations for workshops and practical skills classes for students from year two onward, completing Nursing and Midwifery degrees. Students who attend this clinical school for classes are likely to complete a number of their clinical placements with Austin Health services or other health services in the surrounding region.
At the La Trobe Austin Clinical School of Nursing, students experience a range of health services and Nursing career options. They gain access to expert clinician and academic lecturers, including teaching from currently practicing nurses who provide our students with a direct link to current clinical experience.
Facilities in the La Trobe Austin Clinical School include a fully-equipped high-fidelity simulation center, classrooms with internet access, student computer lab, WiFi internet facilities, and a multidisciplinary student common room. In addition to the existing on-campus resources at the main La Trobe Bundoora campus, La Trobe nursing students have access to Austin Health facilities, which includes a comprehensive library. La Trobe University nurse educators are also located at the Austin Hospital.
La Trobe also offers Professional Development and Postgraduate study in Nursing and Midwifery specialties including Masters Degrees in Mental Health, Nursing (with a range of specialisations), Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) and Nursing Science, some of which are managed from the Austin Clinical School; in particular, breast care and supportive cancer care and urological and continence care.
The Austin Clinical School is home to a team of leading La Trobe researchers in Nursing and related fields, who work together with clinicians from the Austin and other health services and other University research partners.
The Austin research precinct also contains La Trobe's School of Cancer Medicine, the La Trobe Mercy Women's Health Midwifery Midwifery Professorial Unit, and many of Victoria's leading Research Institutes. Key themes of research at the Austin Clinical School La Trobe Academic and Research network include:
- wellbeing and supportive care
- end of life and cancer care
- healthy ageing
- models of nursing practice
- nursing pedagogy
- public health/health promotion
- epidemiology/prevention of non-communicable diseases
- tobacco control/smoking cessation research
Nurses, midwives, other clinicians and prospective research students interested in being involved in research in these, or other areas of nursing and allied health, are encouraged to get in contact. See staff details below, and further details on La Trobe's Schools and health research institutes.