The University of Newcastle, Australia

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 2018.

Guided by some of the world’s brightest minds, our students are empowered to make valuable global connections, all while acquiring the momentous knowledge, skills and clinical experience they need to make a significant and lasting impact in their careers as medical professionals.

Our School of Medicine and Public Health is renowned for its strong research focus, with the School pioneering the integration of multi-campus university and hospital based-research through the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI).

In addition to delivering world-class postgraduate programs in population health, the School’s highly regarded Joint Medical Program (JMP) is grounded in:

  • Patient-centred clinical methods
  • Comprehensive integration of basic sciences with clinical learning
  • Innovative problem-based learning
  • Opportunities for student-selected learning pathways

Professor Brian Kelly

Professor Brian Kelly, Head of School and Dean of Medicine

Head of School and Dean of Medicine Professor Brian Kelly played a pivotal role in the development of the revised Joint Medical Program. 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. 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.

The 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 the University’s position at the forefront of medical education, with a focus on addressing the chronic health workforce shortages that exist in remote, rural and regional communities and maintaining our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical education.

Director of the Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing and Co-Director of HMRI Public Health research program, Professor Julie Byles is a world-renowned expert in gerontology and geriatrics who has also been a significant contributor to medicine’s success. In 2017, Professor Byles was chosen to play a prominent role in further enhancing UON’s global research performance and reputation when she was appointed Global Innovation Chair in Responsive Transitions in Health and Ageing. This position provides strategic leadership in this critical area of health and medical research for the University and our community, which is particularly vital, given the world’s ageing population. Professor Byles was also instrumental in establishing the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health in 1995, and now, 23 years later, she 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. She has secured $30 million in external grants and produced more than 230 research papers. Her advice is often sought by the federal government and World Health Organisation to inform public health policies.

Based at HMRI, remarkable research team Dr Jamie Flynn, Dr William Palmer and Dr Antony Martin have recently developed “The Virtual Biobank", a game-changing, world-first platform to host 3D copies of human cancer tissues, allowing researchers all over the world to access digitized cancer tissue samples at the click of a button. This vital research is revolutionising the way researchers access critical information needed to advance cancer treatment.

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