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