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Launch of new faculty marks historic moment for medicine and health

April 30, 2018
New Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney
The new Faculty of Medicine and Health brings together dentistry, medicine, medical sciences, nursing and midwifery, pharmacy and public health for an integrated approach to medicine and health.

The new Faculty of Medicine and Health was launched today, marking a significant milestone in the development of the University’s approach to education and research in these disciplines at the University of Sydney. It will bring together our best minds and resources to tackle the challenges of 21stcentury healthcare.

“Healthcare, both in Australia and overseas, is undergoing significant change,” says Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence.

“The Faculty of Medicine and Health is committed to leading the way, by educating and shaping future healthcare professionals, delivering world-class research, and reimagining the way healthcare is delivered not just in Australia, but around the world.”

The Faculty of Medicine and Health is designed to enable innovation, excellence and strategic vision in teaching, research and clinical practice.

The consolidation of these disciplines into one faculty will simplify the way that the University teaches and researches all aspects of healthcare. As the new faculty develops, it will benefit our students in preparation for their future careers in healthcare and clinical practice.

“The Faculty of Medicine and Health is an opportunity for higher levels of collaboration across the University in the delivery of our teaching programs, clinical education and world-leading research in medicine and health,” says Professor Alan Pettigrew, Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

“We are headed for exciting times as we explore these opportunities further to realise the benefits of a cooperative vision for leadership in the future of healthcare, nationally and internationally.”

Professor Alan Pettigrew will continue as Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health until July, when Professor Robyn Ward AM will join the University.

“Our new faculty is about making the research and teaching we do across the medical and health disciplines stronger than ever,” says Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence. “I would like to thank and congratulate everyone who has played a part in helping to create the new faculty, and in reaching this significant milestone in our 2016–20 Strategic Plan.”

“The scale of our new faculty is striking, both in physical terms, and in the diversity and depth of the intellectual capacity that it brings together,” says Professor Robyn Ward. “For all of us, the challenge is now to realise that potential – to transform opportunity and enthusiasm into real benefits for our colleagues, our students and our community. I look forward to playing my role in that process.”

The Faculty of Medicine and Health includes:
  • The University of Sydney School of Dentistry
  • The University of Sydney School of Medicine
  • The University of Sydney Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • The University of Sydney School of Pharmacy
  • The School of Medical Sciences, and
  • The University of Sydney School of Public Health.
It also includes ten clinical schools:
  • The University of Sydney Central Clinical School
  • The University of Sydney Children’s Hospital Westmead Clinical School
  • The University of Sydney Concord Clinical School
  • The University of Sydney Nepean Clinical School
  • The University of Sydney Northern Clinical School
  • The University of Sydney, Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School
  • The University of Sydney Westmead Clinical School
  • School of Rural Health (Dubbo/ Orange)
  • The Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health
  • The University Centre for Rural Health.

The Faculty of Health Sciences will become a school and join the Faculty of Medicine and Health at a later date.

You can learn more about the rich history of medicine and health education and research at the University, the schools, our research and study areas and our people on our website here.

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