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Inspiring others to live the nursing dream

KALILLA Haffejee of Hervey Bay is living her dream of becoming a nurse.

Kalilla Haffejee shares her gradate experiences with the 2015 cohort of final-year university nursing students.

Kalilla Haffejee shares her gradate experiences with the 2015 cohort of final-year university nursing students.

Having graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing through University of Southern Queensland (USQ) last year, Ms Haffejee is part of a registered graduate nurse program at St Stephen’s Hospital in Hervey Bay.

“I’m really enjoying the program – it’s great,” Ms Haffejee said, after inspiring about 30 final-year nursing students at USQ recently about her passion for health care.

Ms Haffejee, 25, was one of three graduate nurses to form a panel of speakers who shared their experiences working in hospitals and other health organisations.

The trio also answered questions on all aspects of the profession ranging from how they felt on their first day at work to shift rotation practises and arranging indemnity insurances.

“My education and training at USQ definitely set me in good stead to go onto this graduate position,” Ms Haffejee said.

“I am fortunate to now be in a position where I can apply the knowledge and skills I learnt through my degree.”

Included in the day’s events were presentations from USQ Associate Professor Clint Maloney and Career Development Officer Michael Coleborn as well as representatives from Queensland Health, St Stephens Hospital, Australian Defence Force, Blue Care, UQ Medicine and Wide Bay Mental Health.


Feature photo: University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Fraser Coast.


Aboriginal students beat study blues

LEARNING has rarely been so much fun for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students who attend semi-weekly study sessions at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Fraser Coast.

USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said the University was proud to host the Deadly-Cation Study Group in partnership with UnitingCare, Community Education Counsellors and the Hervey Bay and Urangan state high schools.

“Up to 30 school students meet at the campus in Hervey Bay every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for assistance with English and Maths,” Professor Thomas said.


Lane Stagg of Hervey Bay High School joins the Deadly-Cation Study Group.

“The relaxed and motivated environment offers the students full access to computers for assignments and teachers onsite to answer questions.”

UnitingCare Community’s Parental and Community Engagement Program (PaCE) manager Gayle Minniecon said the group’s success was a credit to team leader Lesa Stagg and her staff.

“Students have engaged with the classes and welcoming Year 7s early this year swelled numbers to around 30 students,” Ms Minniecon said.

“Periodically we ask people from the community to speak on topics such as education, applying for jobs, motivation, school attendance, bullying, strength and being a positive role model.

“Students are sending messages of thanks and excitement as their results are improving. This has really boosted their self-esteem and encouraged them to strive harder.

“On behalf of the students, parents and teachers at Deadly-Cation Study Group, I thank USQ Fraser Coast for the space.

“The continued support and endless community spirit of Campus Executive Manager Brett Langabeer and staff is heart-warming. We are truly grateful. Without their assistance there wouldn’t be a study group.

“I know the students feel really at home on campus. They feel welcomed and pretty deadly being there too, which makes it very easy for them to concentrate on their studies.”

Student quotes:

  • “Study Group ROCKS! Best food, best juice, lovely people and heaps of computers. My marks have never been higher.” – Chelsea, Year 11, Urangan High School.
  • “Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work in the Deadly-Cation group it’s really helped me in all of my classes. I have improved in my English and maths. The teachers were great to work with and good help. It’s been good fun, the Uni is a cool space to work, lots of computers, and the food was really good.” – Bernie, Year 10, Hervey Bay High School.
  • “Thank you for using your time to help us and giving us the opportunity to succeed in our work. I love coming to the uni to study and I love this group and I have achieved higher marks in most of my subjects.” – Lanaya, Year 8, Hervey Bay High School.
  • “Just want to say thanks to you and the teachers for starting up the Deadly-Cation Study Group. My grades are really good, and I can understand my Maths. I really like the study room, oh and the food is really good too.” – Kyle, Year 10, Hervey Bay High School.



Qld outback

Islands and outback inspire nurses

NGAIRE Willis’s ambition to work as a nurse in the Torres Strait Islands received a boost this week with the presentation of the Lucy Harris Award at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Fraser Coast.

The Lucy Harris Award of $1000 was initiated by Dr Vernon Harris to assist student nurses who elect to take clinical experience in Indigenous Australian communities.

islands and outback

Lucy Harris Award recipient for Semester 1 Dee Woodgate (left) presents Ngaire Willis with this semester’s award of $1000.

“I’m very excited and grateful to receive this award,” Ms Willis of Hervey Bay said.

“My intention is that when I get more experience I’d really like to go remote, especially in the Torres Strait Islands. This award will help towards that.”

Semester 1 recipient Dee Woodgate said the Lucy Harris Award helped her reach her goal to work with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) in Charleville.

In June she completed the two-week practical component of the USQ Bachelor of Nursing program with the RFDS in south-west Queensland.

“That was wonderful experience that helped me grow as a nurse,” Ms Woodgate said.

“It showed me different skills, how to bond with people in rural and remote areas and how to develop and hone the skills needed to work in Indigenous communities.”

USQ Fraser Coast Associate Professor (Nursing) Clint Maloney congratulated Ms Willis and praised the foresight of Dr Harris in providing the ongoing funding initiative.

“This sort of award opens up really good gateways to work in rural and remote areas that students otherwise couldn’t afford to do,” Associate Professor Maloney said.

“It’s a great opportunity for students to make strong connections with rural and remote people particularly in Indigenous populations.

“The whole premise behind this award is that the student is using it to build a platform of their own professional knowledge they intend to use in professional practice after they graduate.”

Dr Harris generously donated the award money on behalf of his late wife Lucy who devoted over 30 years of her life to nursing.

She started in 1938 and throughout World War II nursed casualties from the bombing in London and tutored pupil nurses at the Prince of Wales Hospital.

After the war Mrs Harris was a midwife for three years before starting missionary training with the Church Missionary Society U.K.

In 1951 she went to Nigeria to teach and train nurses for London University’s new University College Hospital, Ibadan.

There she established a children’s ward and assisted Professor Jelliff with research into sickle cell anaemia and child malnutrition. She also established two clinics for Nigerian members of University staff and their children. Mrs Harris left Nigeria in 1959.

In Australia she nursed premature babies at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Canberra, in 1964 and then joined the Canberra District Nursing Service, retiring in 1976.