InMotion October 2018

66 STATE NEWS STATE NEWS ACT Professor Lucy Chipchase describes her physiotherapy career as simply ‘a journey’. It’s a journey that has spanned more than three decades as a clinician, researcher and academic in pain and musculoskeletal practice and developing physiotherapy programs at universities. Her passion and drive to learn, teach and innovate to stay progressive across the fields of physiotherapy and health in general, has gained her much respect from peers, students and allied health co-workers. Lucy is respected for her research in evaluating teaching and learning innovations in entry-level and post professional physiotherapy education. In the learning and teaching space, she has conducted innovative research in the areas of graduate preparedness, curriculumdesign, inter-professional education and clinical education. ‘It’s been a lifetime of slightly changing direction,’ Lucy says. ‘I love the education space, as one of the things I love to do is mentor people and see students grow and develop and gain skills and see what they go onto achieve in the profession. That’s what gets me up every morning. There are so many opportunities for young students in the profession.’ She is excited her new role as Associate Dean (Education and Clinical) in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra will enable her to draw on those experiences to help train future health professionals. ‘I have moved into a broader role in health, which is to help maintain the quality of courses in a range of health degrees at the university … and how we integrate that with clinical practice and placement,’ Lucy says. ‘It’s a unique space to be in, to be able to really develop collaborative culture and get people working together in ways that perhaps they may not have done before … there are so many health professions and it’s important that we work together.’ The faculty has shared teaching and research spaces at the state-of-the-art Clinical Education and Research Centre (CERC) within the newly opened University of Canberra Hospital that is on the campus. The innovative teaching facility was established to create valuable practical training and enhanced teaching and research opportunities between the two organisations. Lucy is entrusted with increasing the teaching and learning profile across the faculty, ensuring excellence in the quality of teaching and learning, and in the standards and quality of the university’s educational offerings. She has oversight of the tertiary institution’s clinical placement strategy and quality of training to allied health programs, including psychology, nursing and midwifery, and will look to developing strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to maximise opportunity for education and research partnerships. Lucy Chipcase. A Date: Venu Proudly s ‘Learning is what keeps us going’: new leader lands at UC