A message from our college PVC

Professor Zee Upton

Welcome to the College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing – an innovative, research-intensive centre of education excellence. In collaboration with our external partners and stakeholders, including our long-standing partnerships with our regions’ health districts, the College prepares exemplary, career ready health care and health research professionals, and produces world-leading research that builds capacity for excellence in healthcare intervention.

Through our population, laboratory and clinical research we inform an evidence base that enables community members to self-determine their wellness journey; find better ways to prevent and treat disease; and highlight the complex behavioural, social, and economic factors that affect health and wellbeing. Characterised by multidisciplinary and collaborative research clusters, the College prioritises and invests in research that impacts the health of local and global communities.

Our students are prepared for the health and medical workforce of today - and tomorrow. With academic and clinical guidance our students experience what it's like to work as a health care professional in real life situations. This ensures that what our students learn is truly consumer focused, relevant and practical, as they build an in-depth understanding of the consumer experience, the health care system and the contexts in which health care and health research is delivered.

True to our values of excellence and equity, we are committed to training health professionals and researchers from a range of backgrounds. This approach makes the most of the extensive skills, perspectives and networks that a diverse health workforce brings; drives innovative solutions to health care challenges; and encourages patients from diverse backgrounds to seek health care assistance. With a particular focus on understanding the needs, and delivering on the aspirations of, regional, rural, remote and Indigenous Australians, the College will challenge health inequities through an empowered and capable workforce.

On behalf of the wider College, I welcome you and encourage you to spend some time getting to know us. We welcome all opportunities to engage with you.

Zee Upton

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.