University of Sydney Shuts Its Doors To Nurses

  1. Hi All-

    The University of Sydney Senate has recently announced that they plan on dissolving the undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing course at the University of Sydney starting from next year. As you are most probably aware, the current worldwide shortage of nurses means that not even one undergraduate position can afford to be lost. Although other universities will be increasing their intakes of nursing students, this matter still raises 3 very important issues for the nursing profession:

    1: With the current shortage, the Government needs to fund MORE nursing places, not allow universities to close down nursing schools.

    2: The federal education minister, Dr. Brendan Nelson (a medical doctor who subscribes to the paternalistic old school notion of nurses being subservient to doctors) is subtly pushing for nurse education to be undertaken at TAFE, despite the national review of nursing recommending otherwise. Dropping the course from an institution such as Sydney Uni is one way of pushing this agenda.

    3: It is a slight against the nursing profession, to suggest that it does not deserve representation through its undergraduate members at the oldest and most prestigious university in Australia. This is in line with the higher education reforms where universities are encouraged to focus on their strengths - because nursing does not attract millions in research grants it is being traded off for more funding in other disciplines.

    I urge you to spend just a few minutes writing to either the University Senate, the federal education minister, your local state or federal representative, or an Australian newspaper. Nurses must be heard that their education is not second to other, more prestigious, disciplines; and that we do deserve representation at Australia's leading universities.

    Regards,
    Steve


    CHECK OUT THE FULL ARTICLE AT http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004...l?oneclick=true

    A FORUM IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON THIS TOPIC IN THE AUS & NZ SECTION AT http://allnurses.com/forums/showthread.php?t=69303
    Last edit by steve0123 on Jun 12, '04
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  3. by   steve0123
    OK - I understand that this topic hasn't been of much interest to many members, but for those Aussie nurses out there who are following these events, I've included some more links to other newspaper articles...

    Code Red For Nursing (SMH, 12/06/2004)
    http://smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/1...749898047.html

    Top Uni Dumps Nurse Training (SMH, 06/2004)
    http://smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/0...460298951.html

    Students Not Told Of Decision To Axe Degree
    http://smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/0...749785663.html

    More Changes On The Way Say Vice-Chancellors (SMH, 06/2004)
    http://smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/0...749785776.html

    Cuts To Nursing Program All About Revenue Not Quality of Training (SMH, 11/06/2004)
    http://smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/1...?oneclick=true


    Thankyou very much to those who have put pen to paper already.

    NSW NURSES AND STUDENTS WILL RALLY THIS WEDNESDAY (16/06/2004) AT 2PM NEAR STATE PARLIAMENT (OUT FRONT OF SYDNEY HOSPITAL NEAR THE STATUE OF THE BOAR) - NURSES AND STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO WEAR THEIR UNIFORMS AND LET THEIR DISSATISFACTION WITH THESE PROPOSALS BE KNOWN!!!
    Last edit by steve0123 on Jun 12, '04
  4. by   gwenith
    Thanks Mate!!!

    Don't you get sick of the politicking that goes on around these things???
  5. by   steve0123
    Quote from gwenith
    Thanks Mate!!!

    Don't you get sick of the politicking that goes on around these things???

    darn straight!!!
    :angryfire
  6. by   steve0123
    MORE NEWS:

    Education Minister Dr. Brendan Nelson was interviewed by Jane Singleton on ABC Radio on 09/06/2004. This is a transcript of the interview which I suppose could be taken as the ministers official position...

    http://www.dest.gov.au/Ministers/Med...n728090604.asp


    LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING AS MANY OF YOU AS POSSIBLE THIS WEDNESDAY AT 2PM!!!
  7. by   steve0123
    I would like to thank any members of allnurses.com who attended the rally today (16/06/2004) at Macquarie Street, Sydney. Although the turnout was on the modest side, our point was made and we now have a clearer understanding of our direction in fighting these unjust changes.

    The Secretary of the NSW Nurses Association, Brett Holmes, and the Director of the NSW College of Nursing, Judy Lumby, were present; as were various representatives from affiliated trade unions and student organisations. This fight isn't over yet. In less than a week this page has had almost 600 hits - your support is encouraging, and I hope that as many members as possible find a way to express their views to the Federal Education Minister, Dr. Brendan Nelson or the Senate of the University of Sydney . Dr. Nelson has a website that allows internet users to send feedback that can be accessed at

    http://www.dest.gov.au/ministers/nelson/main.asp

    Remember - these proposals affect us all!!! We need more funding for nurse education, not this slap in the face!
    Last edit by steve0123 on Jun 17, '04
  8. by   steve0123
    MORE LINKS AND INFORMATION TO NEWS ARTICLES, ETC...



    Interview With Julia Gillard (Shadow Health Minister) By The Australian Healthcare Association, 09 June 2004
    http://www.aushealthcare.com.au/news...s.asp?nid=3100

    Media Statement Released By Jenni Macklin (Shadow Education Minister) Re: Labor's Position on Proposed Cuts
    http://www.alp.org.au/media/0604/20007689.html

    Dr. Nelson Playing Dirty Politics With Jenni Macklin
    http://www.dest.gov.au/Ministers/Med...n745160604.asp

    Statement Released Earlier This Year By The Council Of Deans Of Nursing And Midwifery
    http://www.cdnm.edu.au/pdfs/Shortfal...a%20places.pdf
    (Paragraph 3 is food for thought...)


    Also...
    In response to an enquiry, the Australian Democrats have stated in personal correspondence their official position on the proposed changes as:

    "The government has recognised that there is a national shortage of Nurses and now their policy is allowing universities to close Nursing faculties.

    We also have concerns about the reported lack of consultation with staff and students.

    It's disappointing that big universities like Sydney are using the partial fee deregulation to exert market dominance. If they take the cream of the courses (and revenue), it will be to the disadvantage of other universities."

    (Lynne Grimsey, Executive Officer, Australian Democrats)
  9. by   nursebedlam
    Thanx for sharing all these articles Steve.
  10. by   nursebedlam
    Thursday, June 24, 2004. 6:31pm (AEST)

    Nursing union pushes for uni course to stay open
    The New South Wales Nurses Federation has met with the Federal Education Minister to ask him to keep Sydney University's nursing course open.

    The university wants to transfer around 800 student nursing places to other institutions from next year, but the proposal needs Federal Government approval.

    Nurses Federation general secretary Brett Holmes says the move is not justified.

    "We need more nurses here in New South Wales and indeed across Australia," he said.

    "To have one of the premier universities withdraw from their undergraduate programs is certainly a loss and sends a very bad message about where nursing fits within the university hierarchy."

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems...6/s1139796.htm

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