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Hughes takes up professorship.

MINISTRY OF Health chief nursing adviser Frances Hughes has been appointed to the University of Auckland's Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences as its first professor of nursing. This is a joint appointment with the ministry and aims to establish a link between the school and the development of health policy in the ministry.

Beginning this month, the appointment is a 0.2 position for an initial six months, requiring Hughes to be in Auckland five days a month. She will be working with a multidisciplinary research team studying the link between chronic disease and mental health. Although the position is renewable, Hughes stressed this would depend on whether the position worked successfully for both the university and the ministry. "I have always juggled my role as nursing adviser with other commitments and nursing responsibilities," she said. "My two priority work areas are primary and mental health care, so this professorship will strengthen the links between them and add value to my role within the ministry. It will also be an opportunity to form closer links with nurses in Auckland and to be able to represent the ministry in the city."

Hughes said she had many ministry commitments that were not negotiable. However, some specific projects would be taken over by a nurse from the sector working in a 0.2 position in Wellington.

Head of the university's school of nursing, associate professor Judy Kilpatrick, said the position of professor of nursing was an important one, with the responsibility for establishing a strong platform in nursing research--an area that was still in a development phase in New Zealand.
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Title Annotation:Frances Hughes appointed at University of Auckland's Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
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Date:Aug 1, 2004
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