Launch of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Launch of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences


Launch of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

One of the joys of leading a university is the possibility it presents to make a real and lasting difference to people’s lives. The most obvious impact we have is on the lives of our students who, in their studies and social lives on campus, are able to follow their interests and turn them into rewarding and fulfilling careers.

Universities also have a responsibility to research and create new knowledge that can advance and improve society, touching lives beyond the classroom or laboratory. It is through the application of this knowledge that the social impact is felt, and the true value of our work is found.

The recent launch of the new Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is an example of this value. The Faculty, to be led by Executive Dean Professor H Patrick McNeil, is part of our wider Academic Health Sciences Centre, and is set to change the future of healthcare in Australia.

The Centre is the first of its kind in this country, bringing together students and teachers; researchers, clinicians and practitioners; and pharmaceutical, biotechnological and medical device companies in one place to tackle the challenges of healthcare in the 21st Century. Using the cutting-edge facilities of the Macquarie University Hospital, and the combined expertise of the University and its medical industry neighbours, it is uniquely positioned to make a significant impact on the lives of Australians now and long into the future.

Fifty years ago, when this University was founded, it was described as “a bold experiment”, and as we move from strength to strength there can be no doubt that it has been a great success. This most recent step towards our goal to lead Australia in research that has real impact puts us firmly on the map as a force to be reckoned with.

Our time has come, and we will excel. I hope you will join us for the ride.

Professor S Bruce Dowton
Vice-Chancellor, Macquarie University

Comments (2)

  1. Margot Taverne.

    I am most impressed by the development of Macquarie University. I had the privilege of studying here as a (very) mature student in the eighties and am using what I learned by teaching in U3A and mentoring gifted children. My life, has certainly been enriched by Macquarie! I would like to know if this faculty uses human bodies in its research and if so, would a (future!) donation be acceptable?



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