Buddhist-based health education boost with new Head announced

Nan Tien Institute appoints Dr Terence J Froggatt

to head unique Health and Social Wellbeing program

 Nan Tien Institute (NTI), Australia’s first government accredited tertiary education institution grounded in Buddhist values and wisdom, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Terence J Froggatt as Head of Program, Health and Social Wellbeing (HSW) from August 1, 2016.

Dr Froggatt comes to NTI from the University of Wollongong (UoW), where he was a Lecturer in Mental Health in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health – School of Nursing for 10 years. He coordinated UoW’s Post Graduate Mental Health Nursing program, as well as postgraduate health subjects for professionals and international students. He also recently developed the university’s Master of Mental Health Nursing program, along with its’ nested Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate courses.

Dr Terence Froggatt
New Head of Program
Health and Social Wellbeing
Nan Tien Institute

“The people and the culture here at Nan Tien Institute are, in my experience, unique,” said Dr Froggatt. “I am excited to be part of a wonderful initiative which brings together the spiritual, physical, social and psychological determinants of health, in a pragmatic and relevant program for people in the caring professions.”

The extensive experience, qualifications and expertise in health and community services – educationally, clinically and managerially – that Dr Froggatt brings with him to NTI, are expected to make a significant impact on the growing tertiary institution’s health program.

“What the graduates of our HSW programs and subjects develop is a unique ability to look at the many aspects health – from personal physical and mental health, to group health in organisations and society as a whole,” explained NTI’s Acting President Emeritus Professor Bill Lovegrove. “As well as an enhanced understanding of health issues, NTI HSW graduates also learn a wide range of practical skills – like authentic Buddhist meditation, relaxation and counselling techniques – that they can implement daily in their careers, as well as their personal lives, to enhance health outcomes. We look forward to Dr Froggatt’s contribution to this exciting program.”

NTI introduced its HSW postgraduate program in 2014, and a steady stream of students have been gaining unique, Buddhist-based insights into health and learning practical professional skills. Many have already graduated within the Masters program, which includes nested Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate qualification options.

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The Buddhist foundation of NTI’s HSW program takes a broader Buddhist-based view of health, taking the perspective that health, social wellbeing, and individual and collective happiness are at the core of healthy societies. The program is generally aimed at health professionals working across a wide range of industries, and the subjects within the degree program are designed so that they can also be taken as one-off courses for continuing professional development points, or as personal development opportunities by members of the community.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

The knowledge, insights and practical skills gained in these courses are highly relevant to community development and the helping professions, as well as the advancement of staff health and wellbeing in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. The subjects draw on a broad range of evidence-based approaches and tools for health and wellbeing, whilst embodying Buddhist philosophy in practice – via reflection and experiential learning.

“My aim,” explained Dr Froggatt, “is to compliment the already successful and effective team of academics and professionals at NTI, in ensuring that our programs are of the highest scholarly standard, and continue to put our students at the centre of our endeavours.”

Dr Froggatt’s experience in a wide range of health industries across Australia and the UK will bring in a number of new perspectives to NTI’s HSW program. Before working at UoW, he was Regional Manager at Wesley Mission; CEO of GRMCO – a rural Mental Health and Development Disabilities Organisation; and Director of Psychiatric Nursing Services at Peter James Centre – a Commonwealth and State-funded aged mental health service organisation. He has also held a number of varied senior nursing management, Unit Manager and Registered Psychiatric Nursing positions across Victoria and the UK.

He has also successfully applied for a number of Commercial Research and other Grants for research projects with Mission Australia and Primary Health. Research is one of his prime focusses, and he regularly writes and publishes articles in the areas of learning, management, mental health, forensic psychiatry and research.

With Dr Froggatt now at the reins, NTI looks forward to continuing the development of its Health and Social Wellbeing program to give NTI students superior learning experiences and strong professional outcomes.

For more information about Dr Terence J Froggatt and his appointment, contact Dr Froggatt by email: terryf@nantien.edu.au or by phone: 02 4258 0750.                                                                                                                                         

About Nan Tien Institute                        www.nantien.edu.au

Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is Australia’s first tertiary institution grounded in Applied Buddhist wisdom and values.

NTI is a government accredited higher education provider that offers postgraduate Masters, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate programs in Applied Buddhist Studies and Health and Social Wellbeing; special interest subjects for professional and personal development; an English Language Centre that operates in the Sydney CBD Campus; and research development through its’ Humanistic Buddhism Centre.

NTI’s tertiary education program commenced in 2011, and NTI already has a number of students who have graduated with Masters, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate qualifications.

NTI’s vision is to support and inspire learning and the pursuit of research and creative practice that provides the local region with a place for the exchange of culture and arts, and contributes to the advancement and integration of knowledge, culture and ethical understanding for the benefit of humanity in an increasingly complex and globally interdependent world.

It aims to be recognised internationally for its outstanding location, unique teaching program, world-renowned lecturers and researchers, and inspiring students.                                                                                                                                                                                                               

10 Aug 2016