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Engaging Indigenous people within Higher Ed

CQUniversity's Office of Indigenous Engagement recently hosted a visit from the Oodgeroo Unit of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), at Rockhampton Campus.

Professor Anita Lee Hong, Director of the Oodgeroo Unit, and Lone Pearce, Project Officer, met with Office of Indigenous Engagement staff to discuss employment issues and best practice models for engaging Indigenous people within the higher education sector, including governance matters.

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Nursing student Sherrie hears of 'emerging leader' award from remote region of Nepal 

CQUniversity nursing student Sherrie Lee heard about her Emerging Nurse Leader Program* award while helping residents in a remote region of Nepal, as part of a health outreach project.

Sherrie has been chosen as one of five nursing students for this year's Emerging Nurse Leader Program, an initiative of the College of Nursing. Bundaberg Campus student Patricia Fox was also among those selected. LINK to Bundy based 'Emerging leader' comes from long line of nurses

This means that CQUniversity students earned two of the five national program spots, selected from 33 applications across Australia.

PhotoID:11679, Sherrie Lee pictured meeting the locals in Nepal
Sherrie Lee pictured meeting the locals in Nepal

This national program aims to identify those nursing students with a passion for the profession and who have the ideas and capacity to inspire their peers. Details are via http://emergingnurseleader.com/

Successful candidates for this program will receive a package that includes membership of the College of Nursing, access to a mentor, development opportunities and exposure to some of the best minds in the profession and across the wider business community.

Based at Rockhampton Campus, Sherrie has represented CQUniversity at career advice sessions for schools, through the student ambassador program.

She organised a golf day fundraiser for the annual nursing contingent to Nepal and has been an active participant in nursing activities on campus.

"I am very honoured to have received the emerging nurse leader program and will endeavour to do the best I can," Sherrie says.

PhotoID:11700, Sherrie and student Julia Page are welcomed in Nepal
Sherrie and student Julia Page are welcomed in Nepal

* Tracey Osmond, Chief Executive of the College of Nursing, commented on the high calibre of applicants in this inaugural year. "The future of nursing is in great hands if these applicants are an indication of the quality of talent currently in the profession," Tracey said.

The Emerging Nurse Leader is a mentorship program, which has been established to further the development of select nursing students, who have shown leadership skills and a contribution to the community. Each year, an additional five students will be inducted into the program, so by 2016 there will be a full complement of 25 Emerging Nurse Leaders.

PhotoID:11701, Sherrie takes in the scenery in Nepal
Sherrie takes in the scenery in Nepal

Each individual leader's strengths, interests and development needs will be taken in to account throughout the program. Mentors from the nursing profession, as well as government and business sectors, will be called upon to assist course participants in their development towards becoming the future leaders of the nursing profession. In their final year, each participant will be involved in a major change project, designed to address a key area of need in Australian nursing or health.  

PhotoID:11702, Sherrie chats with a local girl during her Nepal visit
Sherrie chats with a local girl during her Nepal visit