The University of Newcastle, Australia

40 Years of Medicine

In 2018, the University of Newcastle celebrates the 40th Anniversary of medicine and the 10th year of the Joint Medical Program.

Since 1978, our globally recognised, regionally based, medical program has graduated doctors with a dedication to excellence in all aspects of patient care with the skills and capacity to adapt and respond effectively to new and emerging future health needs.

From our Foundation Dean, Professor David Maddison revolutionising medical school admission to the establishment of Australia’s only jointly delivered medical program, we aren’t afraid to do things differently if it means the best possible outcome for our alumni and ultimately the communities they serve.

Our unique partnership with the University of New England, Central Coast and Hunter New England Local Health Districts enables over 1000 practising doctors with a variety of backgrounds to support our students with hands-on, practical learning. Our program now boasts 6 clinical schools including large metropolitan hospitals in Newcastle and the Central Coast, regional and rural centres in the lower Hunter, Tamworth, Armidale, Taree, Moree and primary care settings across the Upper Hunter, New England and Central Coast.

Our distinct teaching and clinical framework has attracted a diverse student cohort who are willing, and capable, of driving excellence in health care intervention due to the extensive skills, perspectives and networks that their diversity brings. We are particularly proud that we have graduated approximately one third of all practising Indigenous doctors, our alumni are more likely to choose a rural area as their first preference for future practice, and our international linkages foster global citizens prepared to deliver evidence based care and strengthen the capacity of health care systems.

Our community of over 2800 alumni can be found all over Australia and the globe improving health care delivery through their committed work in clinical practice, community outreach, research and philanthropy.

“Since its foundation the mission of our medical program has been to make a lasting and positive contribution to our communities by fostering passionate, ethical, scholar-practitioners from diverse backgrounds committed to improving the health of all”. Professor Brian Kelly, Dean of Medicine

Past events

Stephen Leeder

Event • 15 Oct 2018 at 5:30pm

2018 David Maddison Lecture – Keynote by Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder

The David Maddison Lecture was the final event in our lecture series celebrating 40 years of medicine. This lecture commemorates the contributions to medical education by Professor David Maddison, the Foundation Dean of Medicine of the Newcastle Medical School. Professor…

Nikki Stamp

Event • 5 Sep 2018 at 5:30pm

40 Years of Medicine Lecture Series - Keynote by Dr Nikki Stamp

Dr Nikki Stamp is a one of only a handful for female cardiothoracic surgeons in Australia, and a mentor and supporter of women in surgery and of women in all careers. In Australia, USA and the UK, only around 10%…

Paul Worley

Event • 15 Aug 2018 at 5:30pm

10 Years of the Joint Medical Program – Keynote by Emeritus Professor Paul Worley

The Joint Medical Program was designed to better address the serious medical workforce shortages in rural and regional Australia. To celebrate the program’s 10th anniversary we hosted a special lecture with keynote speaker Emeritus Professor Paul Worley, National Rural Health…

Gail Garvey

Event • 9 Jul 2018 at 5:30pm

40 Years of Medicine Lecture Series - Keynote by Professor Gail Garvey

During NAIDOC week, we head from UON alum Professor Gail Garvey as she reflected on improving health outcomes for Indigenous Australians, and the role Indigenous medical education can play. A link to her presentation can be found here.The theme of…


Event • 17 May 2018 at 5:30pm

40 Years of Medicine Launch and Keynote by Laureate Professor Jenny Gore

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of medicine at the University of Newcastle (UON) and we are taking the opportunity to celebrate our achievements so far, and to reaffirm our continued commitment to excellence and equity, and to diversity in health…