Welcome from Head of School

Professor Brian Kelly

School of Medicine and Public Health

Since the inception of its medical degree in 1978, the School of Medicine and Public Health has delivered education programs and conducted research of the highest calibre.

Our mission is to make a positive difference to the health of people in the Hunter, Australia and the world by being at the forefront of Australian medical and population health education and research for the 21st century.

The School was the first in Australia to offer problem-based learning in its medical degree and the University continues to be at the centre of innovation through the establishment of the Joint Medical Program (JMP), through which the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine is delivered.

The highest earner of research income in the University, our School attracts more than $20 million in external research funding annually and is affiliated with one of Australia's more innovative health and medical research institutes, the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI).

We endeavour to ensure that our research is relevant, makes a lasting and positive contribution to the people of our communities and is in keeping with our overall mission.

Our teaching encourages students to identify their roles in serving the needs of the community and our partnerships with Hunter New England and Central Coast Local Health Districts support this.

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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.