In Principio v14 no3 (2003)

IN PRINCIPIO T H E UNIVERSITY 0 F N 0 TR E DAME AUSTRALIA VOLUME 14 N° 3 ISSN 1448-076X DECEMBER 2003 Medicine clears major hurdle THE University of Notre Dame Australia has jumped another big hurd le in its path to establish its Graduate School of Medicine. Notre Dame Vice Chancellor Dr Peter Tannock said the Australian Medical Council had announced its approval in principle which meant the school was on schedule to open in 2005. "This approval is a vital step even though we still have a few more to take," he said. "It's a credit to all concerned that we have reached such a significant milestone." The school recently received a funding boost with Federal Education Minister Dr Brendan Nelson's announcement of $2 Hollywood comes to Fremantle THE University of Notre Dame Australia students have been helping to bring a little bit of Hollywood to Fremantle's historic West End. million for Notre Dame as part of the higher education Capital Development Pool (CDP). Dr Tannock said he was delighted with the funding announcement. "This means that we can continue with our plans to establ ish our Graduate School of Medicine in Fremantle by renovating a building in Henry Street," he said. The Henry Street building has been leased to the University by the City of Fremantle. Refurbishment of the building is scheduled to start next year as the medical school's main teaching facility. Dr Tan nock said Notre Dame wou ld make the fu ll submission to the AMC early next year, and AMC executives were due to visit the Fremantle campus in March. " The final hurdle will involve a visit to Notre Dame by the full assessment team from the AMC in July next year when they will spend a week looking at all aspects of our Graduate School of Medicine," Dr Tannock said. "Approval at that stage confirms our intake of students in 2005 for graduation and placement in the State's hospitals as interns in 2009." Notre Dame plans to open with an initial intake of 80 students. A group of third year communications students have been working on a short film, Alex Underground, which has been shot in the port city. & Scriptwriter and director of photography Lauren Burwood with director Rosie Bright and other students at work on Alex Underground. Notre Dame Australia's College of Arts Senior Lecturer, Dr Kerris Myers, sa id the film, written and produced by students, was due to screen in Fremantle this month. "It's a stylish take on the childhood !U : INSIDE this issue d ll ' classic, Alice In Wonderland, adapted into a modern day fable about drug use," Dr Myers said. "It follows the journey of Alex, a dispassionate member of the chemical generation, as he encounters a sinister • Vice Chancellor's report ... . ..... . ... . .2 • Farewell to nursing graduates ........7 • AUQA recognises Notre Dame strengths . .3 • Bali survivor inspires youth ..........8 • Fr Brennan welcomed ................3 • Seventh College to open ............9 • Col lege of Law appointments . . .. . .....4 • Alumni News ....................10 • Memorandum praised ...............5 fantasy world of garish characters in an underground nightclub." Dr Myers said the film crew of fifteen students enlisted the help of Fremantle businesses to provide venues and help cover production costs. Broome course kicks off A new Broome course has attracted 15 enthusiastic Kimberley students from towns including Derby, Kununurra, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing plus several remote communities. See story page 6