ACT boost for mental health

The Australian Capital Territory’s capacity for research into ageing, dementia and mental health, and chronic disease is to be boosted by the launch of a new nursing and midwifery centre.

The centre – a partnership between the University of Canberra and ACT Health – will bring together the teaching, research and clinical areas.

“We will be doing a lot of research into the future workforce requirements for the ACT and we’ll be looking at what areas we need to focus on … what courses we need to run to make sure we’ve got a sustainable workforce in the future,” ACT Chief Nurse Veronica Croome told The Canberra Times.

“Once upon a time, clinicians worked without the evidence and academics worked without necessarily the clinical knowledge,” she said.

“Partnerships like the one we’re developing now with the University of Canberra means we’re bringing academics and clinicians closer together and we’re all on the same page and we’re all working together using the evidence and using contemporary practice to improve patient outcomes.”

University of Canberra/ACT Health Research Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Practice was officially launched last week.

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