About us

About us

Welcome to the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, the fifth and newest Faculty at Macquarie University, formed in 2014. We are a Faculty on the move with bold ambition to create educational and research programs with a difference. We value collaboration between health professionals and with our patients, concentrating our core purpose on developing a holistic approach to medical training and education with focuses on three aspects - Heal, Learn, Discover.

We aim to serve our community, but our outlook is global. Our faculties mission is that through putting the patient first, we deliver clinical care, learning and research focused on progress through evidence.

Please explore the pages below to learn more about the exciting opportunities and future we are building for medicine & health sciences at Macquarie University.

Professor Patrick McNeil Executive Dean

Professor Roger Chung Associate Dean, HDR & Research

Professor John Cartmill Associate Dean, Clinical

Professor Helen Rizos Head of Department, Biomedical Sciences

Professor Rick Kefford Head of Department, Clinical Medicine

Professor Cath Dean Head of Department, Health Professions; Acting Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching

Dr Sonia Allan Head of Department, Health Systems and Population

Natalie Sequeira Director of Academic Health Strategy

Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, Director of Australian Institute of Health Innovation

Dr Welly Firmanto, Faculty General Manager

Beginning in 2007, Macquarie University has been developing an academic health enterprise that will constitute Australia's first fully integrated academic health sciences centre under a university's leadership. With a focus on patients and an ultimate goal of improving lives, the Macquarie University Health Sciences Centre will see true convergence of the learning and research endeavours of Macquarie's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences with the clinical care provided at Macquarie University Hospital and Clinics.

The Faculty has rapidly grown to over 700 staff and students. The initial focus has been on developing capacity in biomedical, translational and health services research, and we have attracted more than 100 higher degree research students. Current areas of research strength include neurosciences (especially motor neuron disease, neurological rehabilitation, and the clinical neuroscience of pain), cancer medicine, and vascular science, amongst others. Our Faculty hosts the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, an internationally acclaimed powerhouse researching health systems, e-health, and patient safety. Macquarie's combined Masters of Research/PhD program provides flexible options for students interested in post-graduate research qualifications.

In learning and teaching, the Faculty has developed a unique suite of capability-based medical educational programs aimed at post-graduation subspecialty medical education and training. We have recently developed an innovative undergraduate entry degree for students interested in studying clinical science, either as a prevocational health practice degree or as a foundation to pursue medical research. We look forward to the first cohort in this program commencing their studies with us in early 2016. Our Department of Health Professions offers a unique Doctor of Physiotherapy degree that is the only three-year extended masters-level, professional-entry physiotherapy program in the state. This year, the Faculty proudly graduated the first cohort of students in degree. Our approach to teaching is founded on real experiences as a basis for learning, and uses educational technology to suit modern students who need to access education when and where it suits them.

We are a Faculty on the move with bold ambition to create educational and research programs with a difference. We value collaboration between health professionals and with our patients. We aim to serve our community, but our outlook is global. I welcome you to our website. Please visit often as we update our information about new innovations in learning and discovery.

Professor Patrick McNeil MB BS PhD FRACP

Executive Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

The school has established many links with industry including: GE Healthcare, Stryker, B. Braun, Johnson & Johnson Medical, Elekta, Medtronic, Novartis, Allergan and Alcon.




MUHSC builds on our aspiration to create integrated approaches to patient care, discovery and workforce preparation that are already well established within the United States, Europe and Asia. It will bring together the excellent work of medical and allied health researchers across the University and around the country, with unparalleled access to the world-leading clinical resources and research facilities found only on our campus.

Learn more about the collaborative health sciences centre at Macquarie University

Macquarie University Hospital is Australia’s first and only private, not-for-profit teaching hospital on a university campus. Visit the Macquarie University Hospital website

Clinical Programs

In order to adapt to the changing and often complex needs of our patients, now and into the future Macquarie University Health Sciences Centre has developed a clinical program structure with the patient and carer’s needs top of mind. This involves the organisation of our clinical services, research and teaching programs around complex disease processes rather than traditional clinical speciality based models. Our structure is created with the aim of embedding a coordinated and integrated team-based approach to care across the continuum of prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management and support underpinned by the latest evidence and research. Our seven Clinical Programs and their leaders are as follows:

Clinical ProgramClinical Program Head
Bone and JointAssociate Professor Desmond Bokor
CancerProfessor Richard Kefford
Cardiovascular and RespiratoryDr Jason Kaplan
Critical Care and AnaestheticsProfessor Michael Parr
NeurosciencesProfessor Marcus Stoodley
Primary Care, Wellbeing and DiagnosticsProfessor Simon Willcock
Surgery and GastrointestinalAssociate Professor Alice Lee

Our vision is to use learning and discovery to benefit the patients we care for.  We recognise that clinicians currently accredited with the Hospital bring varying levels of engagement with the academic aspirations of our enterprise. Application for appointment as an Honorary Clinical Academic with Macquarie University represents an important first commitment to this engagement.

In keeping with our values to make caring for our patients the first priority of clinical practice, we expect all Honorary Clinical Academics to show evidence of their commitment to a patient-focused approach to clinical practice, and to contribute at least 30 hours per year in academic activities relevant to the University's core academic activities of teaching and/or research and/or clinical discipline development at Macquarie University Hospital. 

Each application is reviewed on its individual merits.

For more information, please contact:
Linda Barton

We have a dedicated engagement team led by the Associate Dean, International & Engagement Professor John Boyages. The Faculty engagement plan is currently being developed and will be available early in 2016. The plan will contain a number of new initiatives to continuously engage with our stakeholders and our community through various activities and on-campus events showcasing our growth and leadership in Medicine and Health Sciences.


Donations play an important role in supporting the research and teaching endeavours of the faculty. Learn more about our philanthropy.

Body Donation Program

Learn more about our the body donation program.

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