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UON ranked in the world's top 150 for Medicine

The University of Newcastle (UON) Australia’s medicine discipline has ranked in the top 150 in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

Professor Brian Kelly

Professor Brian Kelly, Head of School and Dean of Medicine

The School of Medicine and Public Health is renowned for its Joint Medical Program (JMP) and postgraduate programs in population health. The School also has a strong research focus and pioneered the integration of multi-campus university and hospital based-research through the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI).

Head of School and Dean of Medicine, Professor Brian Kelly, played a pivotal role in the development of the revised Joint Medical Program. As of 2017 the Joint Medical Program, is offered as a Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD-JMP) qualification over five years.

The new program, developed closely with clinicians, current staff and students, alumni and wider community, provides appropriate recognition of the breadth of learning, scholarship and skill development entailed in the revised curriculum.  The MD-JMP is grounded in patient-centred clinical methods; comprehensive integration of basic sciences with clinical learning; innovation in the implementation of problem-based learning and extended opportunity for student-selected learning pathways.

The MD-JMP will continue to be delivered as part of a unique partnership between the University of Newcastle (UON) and University of New England (UNE), in collaboration with the Central Coast Local Health District and the Hunter New England Local Health District. The breadth and strength of this partnership reinforces UON’s position at the forefront of medical education as we address the chronic health workforce shortages that exist in remote, rural and regional communities and remain resolute in our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical education.

“Our globally recognised, regionally based, medical program will continue to graduate 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.” stated Professor Kelly.

Professor Kelly is also Chair of the Centre for Resources Health and Safety (CRHS) within the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources, and his clinical experience includes over 25 years’ practice in metropolitan and rural based health services, including health service leadership roles. His celebrated academic work spans clinical studies focusing on the psychiatric aspects of physical illness, with a specific focus on cancer and palliative care; population mental health research; and studies in the field of medical education.

Professor Kelly led a major NHMRC funded study examining the determinants of the mental health and wellbeing of rural communities. He has also played a lead role in developing policy and programs in rural mental health, including as a member of the Australian Suicide Prevention Advisory Council. To date, Professor Kelly has been awarded over $14m in research grant funding, and has authored over 220 publications, including 160 papers in peer reviewed scientific literature and 15 book chapters.

Another world-renowned researcher who has been instrumental in medicine’s success is Professor Julie Byles who is Director of the Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing and who co-directs the HMRI Public Health research program.

Respected expert in gerontology and geriatrics, Professor Byles was instrumental in establishing the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health in 1995 and continues to lead it, as some of the original study participants advance into their 90s.

Since 1994, Professor Byles has taught Clinical Epidemiology at a postgraduate level, secured $30 million in external grants, and produced more than 230 research papers.  Her advice is sought by the federal government and World Health Organisation to inform public health policies.

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