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Notre Dame Medical School inaugurated with Eucharist

To mark the commencement of the School of Medicine on its Perth campus, The University of Notre Dame Australia joined with the Catholic Doctors Association to celebrate the Eucharist.

Archbishop Barry Hickey presided at the Mass, which was celebrated in the University's Holy Spirit Chapel. Concelebrants included Notre Dame Chaplain, Fr Greg Watson OMI, and Dean of Theology, Fr Dennis Rochford MSC.

The Catholic Doctors Association is based at the LJ Goody Bioethics Centre and aims to promote a Catholic perspective in health care. It was established in 1987 and has around 100 members.

Secretary of the Catholic Doctors Association, Dr Michael Shanahan said, "We are very supportive of Notre Dame's Medical School and are pleased to see that they are reinforcing their Catholic mission in health".

"Notre Dame will educate doctors who are not only skilful and knowledgeable but compassionate and supportive of the dignity of their patients", he said.

Vice Chancellor Dr Peter Tannock said, "The opening of the Medical School is a most significant milestone in the development of the University. The Mass was a wonderful way to give thanks for all the hard work done by so many dedicated people to make the medical school a reality; and to ask God's blessing on its students and staff."

Meanwhile, the University last week announced the appointment of Professor Allan Coman as the Foundation Dean of Education at its Sydney Campus.

Professor Coman is currently the Principal of Stella Maris College, the highly prestigious Catholic secondary college in Manly. In his role as Principal, he has made an outstanding contribution to Stella Maris, overseeing a doubling in student numbers and significant capital works at the College. He is greatly respected throughout the NSW Catholic education community as being a leader of exceptional vision and professional integrity.

Vice Chancellor, Dr Peter Tannock, said, "Professor Coman is an exceptional educator and a great advocate for Catholic education in New South Wales. The University is honoured to have such a respected educationalist as the leader of this new College of Education in Sydney."

His new role will involve the development of courses, general management and recruitment of academic staff to serve the planned Bachelor of Education (Primary), Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Graduate Diploma of Education and Master of Teaching qualifications, which will be offered by Notre Dame at its Broadway Campus from 2006.

The University also plans to offer courses in Arts, Business, Law and Nursing at its Broadway Campus from 2006 and subject to Australian Medical Council approval, a medical school will be established on the University's Darlinghurst Campus in 2007.

Eucharist marks commencement of Medical School (University of Notre Dame Australia 21/2/05)
Appointment of Foundation Dean of Education (University of Notre Dame Australia 23/2/05)

University of Notre Dame Australia

Notre Dame med school one step closer (CathNews 24/1/05)
New schools boost medical training (CathNews 30/11/04)
Demand builds for Notre Dame (The Australian 27/10/04)
Notre Dame welcomes Federal support for Sydney campus (CathNews 2/8/04)

Strong focus on research: A Conversation with Prof Julie Quinlivan, youngest dean of medicine (Catholic Weekly 27/2/05)

24 Feb 2005