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Jane Havelka is a Wiradjuri woman from the Narromine/Dubbo region and a lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at Charles Sturt University, after having worked in Dubbo, Forbes and Wagga Wagga hospitals as an enrolled nurse for over thirty years.
Jane has experience teaching at TAFE, lecturing at Charles Sturt University and providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health training to students at Charles Sturt University and community organisations.
She was the Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) Djirruwang program from July 2002 - December 2007, Djirruwang Program Director from September 2004 - December 2006 and Senior Lecturer/Clinical Coordinator January 2007 - August 2008. During this time she saw many changes. The Djirruwang program is the first course in Australia to incorporate the National practice standards for mental health workforce. It is also the first to incorporate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health first aid in its curriculum. During Jane's time with the Djirruwang program she played a part in the development and implementations of these changes.
In her position at Charles Sturt University in 2011, Jane is the subject coordinator for the Indigenous nursing subject NRS194 Indigenous Culture, Health and Nursing, and subject coordinator of four of the subjects within the Bachelor of Health Science (Community and Public Health) at the Dubbo campus.