Faculty research overview

With over 800 researchers, 590 higher degree research students and state-of-the-art facilities, the Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle prides itself on its ability to deliver world-class research and innovation.  Our research complements our integrated undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in medicine, public health, health sciences, biomedical sciences, pharmacy, nursing and midwifery.

The Faculty of Health and Medicine is the highest earner of research income at the University of Newcastle.  As a result, our Faculty prioritises and invests in translational research that significantly impacts the health of local and global communities. Our research is characterised by multidisciplinary and collaborative research clusters and is making its mark on the Australian and international research landscape.

Excellence in research

Excellence in research

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) exercise is administered by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and is an evaluation of research quality in Universities by the Australian government.

In the last ERA exercise (2015) the Faculty of Health and Medicine contributed to 13 fields of research which rated well above world standard.  Data for the 2018 exercise has recently been finalised and results will be published in 2019.

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Global research recognition

As one of Australia's top 10 research universities, the University of Newcastle continues to be recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in medical and health science research. Our researchers are not only recognised as leaders in their field, but they are also acknowledged with international awards, invitations and positions on expert panels and boards.


Working with the community

Our research success is due to our direct access to health organisations and the community through the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), which has been a pioneer in coordinating health research between the University and government health services throughout the Hunter region.

Building on our research strengths

Our faculty is the major contributor to twelve of the University's nineteen Priority and Clinical Research Centres, which are a strategic initiative to focus the University's resources into areas of existing and potential research strengths. The Faculty also has a number of school specific research groups.