Welcome to the Faculty of Health and Medicine from Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor Laureate Professor John Aitken.

About us

Welcome from the Pro Vice-Chancellor

John Aitken WelcomeWelcome to the Faculty of Health and Medicine, an innovative and dynamic research-intensive faculty.

In collaboration with our external partners and stakeholders, the Faculty strives to make a difference by:

  • preparing exemplary, career ready health care and health research professionals; and
  • producing world leading research that builds capacity for excellence in health care intervention.

Our ability to achieve these goals and build capacity for excellence in health care intervention and research can only occur through an ongoing commitment to our people - the exemplary students we help nurture, the staff that we support to achieve excellence in their chosen fields, and our continued mutually beneficial engagement with local, national and international communities. You can read more about this commitment throughout the Faculty and School web pages.

Our Schools

We are a multi-professional Faculty comprised of four schools all of which are committed to making important contributions to the knowledge and understanding of health issues of global significance: 

The School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy is a research intensive School which contains the basic sciences that underpin medicine and all other professions in the health sciences in addition to undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy degrees.

The School of Health Sciences delivers a range of health professional education degrees in the broad field of allied health and has a developing research profile. The School has a key focus on a strong clinical/workplace element within its professional degree programs.

The School of Medicine and Public Health contains all the clinical disciplines involved in medicine as well as public health, epidemiology and behavioral sciences relating to health.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery has an innovative approach to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and partners with local area health services to provide clinical learning opportunities for our nursing and midwifery students.

Our research

Research excellence flourishes across all fields and at all levels within the Faculty of Health and Medicine.  World class researchers work together to create knowledge across the spectrum of health sciences.  They publish prolifically in the top national and international journals and are focused on increasing both the quality and output of research that produces tangible, groundbreaking results with real impact. This collaborative approach complements the Faculty's integrated undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and our commitment to excellence in professional education.

Our staff

The Faculty is committed to facilitating a culture that respects the needs and aspirations of our staff at all levels.  We do this by encouraging the pursuit of excellence and by actively engaging our staff within a safe, healthy and inclusive environment that explicitly promotes work-life balance and positive mental health. Our aim is to become the international workplace of choice for health researchers, technicians and professional staff.

Our students

The diversity and calibre of students attracted to our programs continues to inspire us. Within a supportive learning environment, our teaching and learning is research-led and student-centred, with a commitment to life-long discovery of knowledge. With extensive use of clinical simulation, laboratory work and placement opportunities our graduates are competitive on the world stage and ready for careers as health practitioners or researchers within a rapidly evolving global environment.  The Faculty is incredibly proud of our cultural inclusion and equity in education with almost half of the Indigenous doctors in Australia having graduated from our Faculty.  

Our governance

Sound academic and organisational management in the Faculty is supported by a number of committees that guide various aspects of the Faculty's activities. The Faculty places a focus on ensuring these committees and groups include a wide range of disciplines across other Faculties throughout the University to encourage interdisciplinary learning and best practice.

If you are a current student, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best with your study. For those of you considering studying, working or collaborating with us I encourage you to take the time to have a look and see what our Faculty has to offer. On behalf of the staff and current students of the Faculty of Health and Medicine, I welcome you.

Laureate Professor John Aitken
Pro Vice-Chancellor
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle