Introduction

Welcome to the Faculty of Health at Deakin

Deakin Health is recognised in Australia and internationally for its contribution to teaching, training, research and service. We are one of the fastest growing health faculties in Australia, with annual student and research income growth averaging 11% for 2006-2010. We contribute to Deakin's mission and core commitments through improving health and wellbeing, and by strengthening the health and human services sectors in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. We assist governments, communities and organisations to develop a wide variety of health and social policies and programs.

We provide teaching to approximately 7000 Australian and international students each year through 40 undergraduate and postgraduate courses, leading to the graduation of about 1500 health professionals each year. We teach 19 health disciplines and sub-disciplines at campuses and health services in Geelong, Burwood, Ballarat, Warrnambool and other locations in Melbourne and Western Victoria. Many of our courses are externally accredited. Our courses are delivered both on and off campus using a state-of-the-art blend of face-to-face and online teaching methods.

The Faculty has more than 1000 academic and general staff, including 65 professors and 70 research fellows. There are five schools: Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Health and Social Development, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, and Psychology. We also host the Centre for Rural Emergency Medicine, the Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health and the National Centre for Farmer Health. In May 2008 the Prime Minister opened the School of Medicine, Victoria's third medical school, which has a major focus on regional and rural health needs. Our first cohort of doctors graduated in 2011 and are now working in hospitals in Victoria and throughout Australia.

The Faculty has a strong and growing research profile within six 'Strategic Research Centres': Molecular Medicine, Physical Activity and Nutrition, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Population Health, Psychiatric Health, and Quality and Patient Safety. We have been designated an official World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention and Related Research and Training and we host the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, the Centre for Health through Action on Social Exclusion, and Deakin's Metabolic Research Unit. Progress towards our goal, 'Research that Makes a Difference', will be further enhanced by expanding partnerships with health services and other research institutes and by the establishment of the Deakin Institute for Health Research in 2013. We have a very active and rapidly growing research training program at honours, masters and doctoral degree levels.

Through our Schools and research groups we work collaboratively with a wide range of external organisations. These include federal and state governments, schools, hospitals, health centres, non-government organisations such as Diabetes Australia, community groups, international bodies such as World Health Organization, commercial companies, and other universities and research institutes at home and overseas. A number of highly productive partnerships across the sector include joint appointments at professorial level.

Deakin Health is guided by a strong and vibrant commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of all people in Australia and our surrounding region. Please join us in this important work.

Professor Brendan Crotty
Pro Vice-Chancellor
Faculty of Health

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