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.
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
Jun 12, '04
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)
Top Uni Dumps Nurse Training (SMH, 06/2004)
Students Not Told Of Decision To Axe Degree
More Changes On The Way Say Vice-Chancellors (SMH, 06/2004)
Cuts To Nursing Program All About Revenue Not Quality of Training (SMH, 11/06/2004)
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
Jun 16, '04
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
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