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Donna Lalabalavu:
Donna Lalabalavu: "I was a bit worried about not getting as much face-to-face teaching, but in fact I've been getting even more learning support than I was back in Sydney."

Flexibility makes life-long learning possible

When Donna Lalabalavu moved north with her defence force husband she asked around about flexible study options and found CQUniversity on her radar.

She had started studying nursing in Sydney before the family was posted to Townsville and wanted to continue on this career path. Other defence force wives recommended CQUniversity's Nursing program format as it balanced flexible study with supported learning.

This fitted into Donna's lifestyle perfectly. "I didn't wish to be on campus as I wanted to fit in my work as a program support officer with OzCare health services," she said. "When I started with CQUniversity I was a bit worried about not getting as much face-to-face teaching, but in fact I've been getting even more learning support than I was back in Sydney," Donna says.

Since starting her degree, she has thrived and was chosen as the 'most outstanding' clinical placement student at the Townsville Hospital earlier this year.

Donna is from a Fijian cultural background and is the first in her family to progress to tertiary education.

CQUniversity offers mature-age students like Donna the flexibility to choose between distance education, on-campus study, or a combination of both. They can also study full-time or part-time, to fit around work and family commitments.

Although Donna doesn't attend classes on-campus, as a distance education student she is fully supported by a comprehensive online learning system.

No matter what stage in life you are, education can play a huge role. Whether you are after a career change, require new skills for employment, or simply want to continue learning for enjoyment, enrolling in a university degree as a mature-age student can bring many rewards.

Distance education students study through a number of means including the use of online discussion forums, electronic library resources, by contacting lecturers direct, and receiving all study materials online.

Distance education programs at CQUniversity can be studied from anywhere in Australia. Those who seek more connectivity with the University can visit one of CQUniversity's Distance Education Study Centres and access work stations, support staff, multimedia meeting areas, tutorial rooms, wireless network and student social areas to engage with other like-minded students.

Study centres are located in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Emerald, Melbourne and Sydney. There are also smaller study hubs in Charters Towers, Cooma, Geraldton, Cannonvale, Karratha and Perth. Distance education students can also visit the campuses to connect with staff and other students as well.

For further information regarding flexible study options at CQUniversity, visit or phone 132786.