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Faculty report – December 2009

What a year of great change and new directions it has been for the Research and Faculties Directorate at RCNA.

It is timely that we end this year of new beginnings with the announcement that Professor Tracey McDonald FRCNA has been elected to the position of Chair, Health and Wellbeing in Ageing Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC).

Professor McDonald holds an endowed research chair in ageing sponsored by RSL LifeCare, where the many issues arising from an ageing population, ageing veterans and community health are her focus. Tracey has been involved in aged care for over 26 years, in various ways, including tertiary education, nursing, management and federal and state legislation and policy development and review.

On hearing that she had been elected to the role of Chair, Tracey said that “RCNA’s formation of the Health and Wellbeing in Ageing Faculty is a very timely move. Aged care is being subjected to unprecedented change and challenges. Nurses and carers are the people who will be responding, in a large part, to these challenges. The new faculty will offer support and guidance to these frontline nurses, through information sharing and strategic advice.”

Maryann Curry MRCNA has accepted the position of faculty Vice-Chair. Maryann currently holds the position of Group Director of Nursing for Bupa Care Services Australia and she is totally committed to supporting people who are older and the nurses and carers who are engaged at all levels of their health care delivery.

RCNA would like to offer its sincere congratulations to both Tracey and Maryann on their new and influential appointments. RCNA looks forward to the continuation of successful partnerships with all its faculty members and their respective faculty advisory committees in 2010.

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