Welcome from Head of Research

The School of Medicine and Public Health Professor Jodie Simpson would like to formally acknowledge and thank the Indigenous people, particularly the Pambalong clan of the Awabakal, Darkinjung and Birapai peoples, the original custodians of the lands occupied and used by our School.

The School contributes significantly to the research income the Faculty of Health and Medicine receives each year. Our high journal and book publication rate and Higher Degree by Research student load is further testament to our breadth and focus in medicine and public health.


The University of Newcastle is ranked 8th nationally for research 'well above world standard' in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, with the School of Medicine and Public Health one of the major contributors to these results each year.

The School comprises a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, many of whom are recognised as world-leaders in their field, focusing on national health priorities including: asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, mental health, Indigenous health, primary health care, prevention and community health promotion.


The School has established a number of research groups and centres collaborating with hospitals, medical practitioners, nurses, primary health care centres, and aged care facilities. We also have strong established links with both the Hunter New England Local Health District and the Central Coast Local Health District.

The School's research strength lies within the following internationally renowned Priority Research Centres (PRC)s: Brain and Mental Health Research; Cancer Research, Innovation and Translation; Cardiovascular Health; Chemical Biology and Clinical Pharmacology; Digestive Health and Neurogastroenterology; Generational Health and Ageing; GrowUpWell; Health Behaviour; Healthy Lungs; Physical Activity and Nutrition; Reproductive Science; and Stroke and Brain Injury.


The School is strongly affiliated with one of Australia's most innovative health and medical research institutes, the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI). HMRI was established as a partnership between the University of Newcastle and the Hunter New England Local Health District and has grown to over 1400 affiliated clinical and biomedical researchers and produces vital funding for research through engagement with the Hunter community. Biomedical, clinical and public health researchers from the Hunter New England Local Health District, the University of Newcastle and Calvary Mater Newcastle work together on vital research programs with HMRI pioneering the integration of multi-campus university and hospital-based research.


A $72.5 million proposed investment will expand the School’s reach on the Central Coast, with a Central Coast Health and Wellbeing Precinct to be formed with the assistance of government and the Central Coast Local Health District. The site at Gosford Hospital will encompass a Central Coast Medical School and Research Institute with an increased focus on integrated healthcare and the knowledge economy of the Central Coast.

Our strong commitment to the education of medical students has spanned decades. From pioneering problem-based learning to the development of the research framework for the Joint Medical Program, our students are continuously learning the most cutting-edge techniques via the contributions of our research staff.

With the creation of the new Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) Enterprise, our staff will continue to build upon our strong research foundations as we look towards the future and seek out new collaborative opportunities with our counterparts in science, engineering, built environment and information technology.

Through these links in education and research as well as a community focus, the School endeavours to make a positive contribution to the Hunter and Central Coast communities through responsive, relevant and ethical research.

Professor Jodie Simpson
Deputy Head of School (Research)
School of Medicine and Public Health