St Vincent’s Hospital is dedicated to supporting the development and education of all health care professionals. The founding Sisters of Charity believed that, in order to maintain a high standard of care, it was important to foster an environment of learning and teaching.
Today the facilities of St Vincents & Mater Health Sydney (SV&MHS) have academic partnerships in medical, nursing and allied health practice.
Key partners include:
• University of New South Wales
• Australian Catholic University
• University of Sydney
• University of Technology Sydney
• University of Tasmania
• University of Notre Dame Australia
• St Vincent's Clinical School
In recent years there has been a push in academic recognition for clinicians and the development of academic units in areas of expertise. While educating health professionals is a core priority, SV&MHS is committed to supporting further training and development of staff in all areas and at all levels.
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Professor of Nursing Research
SV&MHS, in partnership with Australian Catholic University (ACU), has established the Nursing Research Institute (NRI) to foster nursing research and the implementation of best practice throughout the organisation. Professor Sandy Middleton has been appointed as the inaugural Director of the NRI and provides research advice and support to nurse clinicians at St Vincent’s Hospital, St Vincent’s Private Hospital, the Mater Hospital, St Joseph’s Hospital, Auburn and St Joseph’s Village. In addition, Professor Kim Walker has been appointed the Professor of Nursing (Applied Research) at St Vincent’s Private Hospital.
The NRI provides a base for the conduct of nursing research, promoting evidence implementation to unite academia and clinical practice. Excitingly, the NRI is also part of the National Centre for Clinical Outcomes Research (Nursing & Midwifery) (NaCCOR), an Australian Catholic University priority research centre
The first students to undertake the SV&MHS/University of Tasmania fast-track two-year Bachelor of Nursing degree began their course on the St Vincent’s Campus in February 2006 and will graduate in 2008. A second intake of 72 students commenced in 2007.
Expectations have been exceeded in respect to the student’s hospital experiences and quality of the nursing training, and we are now seeing the vacant nursing position rate decrease markedly as a result of the graduates remaining with us. Read more
Academic Unit in Palliative Care
The academic unit, the Cunningham Centre for Palliative Care based at Sacred Heart, will play an important role in the development of palliative care services throughout New South Wales with the aim of providing leadership and direction specifically in the areas of research, education, practice and quality. A key objective of the unit is to improve the quality and standing of palliative care in New South Wales. Read more
The Don Harrison St Vincent’s Hospital Patient Safety Simulation Centre is an important training initiative used by doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.
The Centre provides scenario-based advanced single discipline or multi-disciplinary training for a range of conditions and incidents. Equipped with sophisticated audio-visual and medical equipment, participants are able to practice their clinical skills in real-time using simulation dummies.
The Centre provides specialty courses for both internal and external health professionals and conducts research into the value of different methods of clinical performance.
The St Vincent’s Clinical School provides leadership and innovation in medical student training for the University of New South Wales, and in professional development for clinician teachers across the St Vincent’s Campus. Close alliances exist with nursing and allied health colleagues, through sharing of resources and learning opportunities. Read more
The University of Notre Dame Australia opened its School of Medicine on the site of the Sacred Heart Chapel in Darlinghurst in 2008, with state-of-the-art facilities, adjacent to St Vincent’s Private Hospital.
SV&MHS has also formed a clinical partnership with the University of Notre Dame’s School of Nursing with students able to undertake their 33 week clinical placements at the facilities of SV&MHS.
St Vincent’s Hospital provides recognised and College-accredited postgraduate education programs in a range of specialty areas including:
Vocational training is also provided for senior residents and registrars in most specialties. St Vincent’s Hospital is also accredited by the NSW Institute of Medical Education and Training as a primary allocation centre for interns and residents.