Celebrating our teachers and students

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Alison Michaels


Alison Michaels was one of 165 Mater People nominated for a Clinical Teaching and Learning Award in 2015. The annual awards recognise Mater People who have contributed to the provision of exceptional care through their outstanding commitment to learning and development across a range of categories, including the CEO Mission Award.

Presented to the individual who displays an exceptional commitment to education while modelling exemplary values based teaching and learning practice. The 2015 winner, Alison, was nominated for her exceptional commitment to education and the professional development of those around her. Among her many achievements was the development and coordination of a highly regarded Graduate Program within Mater’s Neonatal Critical Care Unit.

Alison’s continued demonstrations of ‘kindness and compassion’ were highlighted in her omination, as was her ability to provide learning opportunities which were ‘innovative, flexible and embrace change’.

Congratulations to all Clinical Learning and Teaching Award winners.

Karen Hayter


On 1 July 2015, 47 students graduated from Mater’s Diploma of Nursing program. Among the graduands was Karen Hayter, whose Mater journey has continued as she transitioned from student to enrolled nurse.

“I was thrilled to have been accepted as a graduate nurse in theatres at Mater Hospital Brisbane, as theatre was a passion of mine throughout the course,” Karen said.

Karen chose to study through Mater Education as it provided the ability to study on campus within a hospital environment, and provided her with support to feel confident during each placement.

“I was always so nervous at the start of each placement, but by the end I was confident about working in that field.”

For Karen, the transition into healthcare marked a shift from a career in hospitality, without compromising on being able to help people.

“I’d been thinking about nursing for a long time, ever since I had my first child and had a wonderful midwife—working at Mater allows me to fulfil that passion, and still care for people,” Karen said.

Since its inception in 2011, more than 350 students have graduated from the Diploma of Nursing, a reflection of Mater’s commitment to providing contemporary education within the healthcare environment.