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Nursing and

Celebrating 30 Years
of Leading Change

WE ARE 30!

2020 has been named as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization, marks the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale AND if that wasn’t enough it’s the year when we turn 30!

Monash University merged with Chisholm Technical College in July 1990 and since then, when our first students of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing) graduated, we have been at the forefront of nursing education, educating over 13,000 nurses and midwives - That’s roughly 400 per year for the last 30 years!

And it’s you, our graduates that continue to show how beneficial a Monash education can be. As you make your mark in the world of healthcare, we continue to develop, striving to build upon our strong reputation - ranking 14th in the world* for nursing, and 1st in Victoria - continuing to educate the best nurses and midwives.

Lead Change with Monash Nursing and Midwifery.

*2020 QS World University Rankings by subject


We started our celebration year with a spectacular Garden Party held in February on the Peninsula campus lawns to celebrate Monash Nursing and Midwifery’s 30th birthday.

With a marquee and tables festooned with beautiful flowers, the lawn was transformed and ready to receive alumni, industry partners, students and staff.

The air was filled with music from performers of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and laughter and shouts of “It’s you!” as people reconnected and reminisced. Most significantly there was a group of the very first nursing graduates during the transition from Chisholm to Monash who were in attendance with some travelling from Paynesville and even the Sunshine Coast to attend.

It was lovely to see many ‘mini-reunions’ and past and present students mixing, chatting and discussing the changes in their learning and where they hoped their careers would take them, or in the case of our alumni what nursing and midwifery had done for them. Tours were conducted in the newly refurbished Clinical Learning Environments and many alumni were amazed at the difference and sophistication of the areas.

We were lucky enough to be joined by Minister for Health, the Honourable Greg Hunt MP, who gave an impassioned speech about nurses and the roles they play in health systems worldwide. There was particular emphasis on the changing role of the nurse and midwife and how it is being recognised for the essential part they play, with nurses covering such a huge a variety of roles and specialisations.

With 2020 being named as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwifery, and it being the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, it was so fitting to celebrate Monash’s achievements in training well over 13,000 nurses and midwives and the impact these have made to our health system.

Make sure you browse through all of the photos below from the Garden Party, and check back here frequently for updates on how we’re planning on marking our 30th birthday throughout 2020.


Rather than head to the third world to look for challenges and broaden his experiences and knowledge, James Fowler relocated to Alice Springs to work in the emergency department at Alice Springs Hospital. This is a remote hospital for the central region covering 1.6 million square kilometre catchment are, where 50% of the patient population is Aboriginal. Read about James’ experience in our 30th Anniversary book.

The book features profiles on alumni and current students as well as give a brief history of nursing and midwifery at Monash University and information about our research and teaching programs.


We’d love you to help us showcase the history of Nursing and Midwifery at Monash University – especially in those early years. We’re looking for stories and pictures from our students’ time at Monash Nursing and Midwifery and we’re hoping to highlight some of these memories via our social media, and as part of the range of events we have planned to mark this celebratory year.

So please send us your photos and memories, as we’d love to hear from you - your story is our story.


Nursing and midwifery is more than a profession, it’s a community! So make the most of your experience as a Monash Graduate and network with like-minded people.

In the future, we plan to hold masterclasses, ‘in conversation’ events, reunions and much more, and would love you to be involved!

Make sure all your details are up to date and on our systems so that you get to hear about what we have planned. Be part of our future community, you won’t want to miss out!


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Facebook - @MonashNM

We will be posting updates on upcoming events, our celebrations and your memories on our social platforms – so stay in touch and join the conversation.