Distinguished nursing leader honoured

Rhonda Griffiths 

Western Sydney University has honoured Rhonda Griffiths, its former Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, with an Emeritus Professorship. 

Professor Griffiths received her award as part of the University's December graduation ceremonies, in recognition of her distinguished academic contribution to teaching and research in the fields of Nursing and Midwifery, as well as her services to the University. 

After 18 years with the University, Professor Griffiths retired in September 2016 as Dean of the School. Professor Griffiths came to the University in 1999 with an international reputation as a researcher and diabetes educator. 

Her research spans three decades, with grants in excess of $3.6 million including National Heath and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Research Council (ARC), Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute and Commonwealth grants. 

Under her leadership, the student cohort in the School of Nursing and Midwifery doubled.  It is now one of the largest pre-registration nursing courses in Australia and is ranked in the top 50 for Nursing in the 2016 (QS) World University Rankings by Subject. 

Professor Griffiths also created enduring relationships between the University, Local Health Districts and other industry partners, thereby ensuring the continuing reputation, success, innovation and currency of the School's programs and graduates. 

The University community warmly congratulates Rhonda Griffiths on her award and celebrates her success.


16 December 2016

Amanda Whibley - Manager, Media and Public Relations