Associate Professor Cecily Hengstberger-Sims Memorial Appeal

The Associate Professor Cecily Hengstberger-Sims Memorial Appeal was launched by her colleagues at Western Sydney University in close collaboration with her family and friends.

Associate Professor Cecily Hengstberger-Sims Associate Professor Cecily Hengstberger-Sims

 Associate Professor Cecily Hengstberger-Sims Cecily had a thirty year association with the University and Campbelltown campus which began in 1987 when she joined the Macarthur Institute of Higher Education. She held many leadership roles during that time, the most recent as the Deputy Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She was a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing Australia and the College of Nursing, and foundation member of the Western Sydney University Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Throughout her career Cecily's research and teaching focus was on curriculum development, implementation and evaluation in nursing, transition to graduate practice, workforce issues and education related to preparation for practice. She made outstanding contributions to the nursing programs, guiding and nurturing the next generation of students and nurse academics. Her work directly contributed to the success of the school and students as evidenced by the QS top 50 world ranking and the standing of our nursing students in industry.

Cecily was much loved and respected by students and colleagues alike and will be missed by her many friends at Western Sydney University. Our thoughts are with her family, particularly husband Les and daughter Alysha.

The Cecily Hengstberger-Sims Memorial Fund

Funds raised through this appeal along with on-going donations will be used towards an endowment fund named for Cecily. The memorial fund will support prizes and scholarships for nursing students as a fitting and heartfelt memoriam.

Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible and 100% of your donation will go towards the memorial fund with no administration costs taken out.

Donations from staff at the university will be matched to the Western Sydney University Community Scholarships fund. If you are a member of staff and wish to donate, please contact Ray Villarica within the Office of Advancement & Alumni for information on how to make your contribution via payroll.

For any other questions, please contact Kylie Docker or visit (opens in a new window) to make a credit card donation online.