School of Medicine

At the School of Medicine we pride ourselves on training work-ready graduates who are able to respond to the varied needs of clinical practice.

Our medical imaging, medicine and optometry degrees are specifically designed to tackle rural work shortages in Australia. Our programs in clinical leadership and agricultural health are highly valued in the health sector.


Our disciplines

All the courses we offer at the School of Medicine are grouped into several disciplines:

Learn in the workplace

All of Deakin's medical, medical imaging and optometry students spend a significant portion of their degree working alongside doctors, surgeons and other medical professionals on clinical placements.

This means you'll enter your chosen profession with plenty of hands-on experience and confidence in dealing directly with patients.

Find out more about our study opportunities

The team in the School of Medicine is committed to providing you with excellent education, research facilities and services. Our vision is to equip all of our students with the knowledge and training necessary to achieve work readiness and professionalism in their chosen career.

PROFESSOR JON WATSON

DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE


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Upcoming event

Masterclass: Health Informatics for the Digital Age

Join the School of Medicine on Friday 24 November for a new one-day intensive on health informatics. Learn the key principles of health informatics that can be translated into the healthcare industry to deliver high-quality patient-centric care.

Find out more about the Health Informatics Masterclass here.

Research with IMPACT

The Centre for Innovation in Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Treatment (IMPACT) is one of a number of our strategic research centres. It puts psychiatric, musculoskeletal and metabolic diseases under the microscope.

Current research at IMPACT includes:

  • potential new treatments for bipolar disorder and depression
  • the relationship between chronic disease, injury and ageing
  • the relationship between gestational vitamin D levels and childhood growth.

Find out more about IMPACT

Learn more about our research

Clinical schools

The School of Medicine operates a number of rural and regional teaching sites to train students during their third and fourth years of undergraduate study. 

Learn more about our clinical schools

Our staff

Expert staff at the School of Medicine have a wealth of experience to offer.

Meet the school's staff

Our partners

Partnerships are integral to our school. They help keep our courses relevant and responsive, provide invaluable work placements for our students and give us the opportunity to turn research into real-world treatments and methods. 

We collaborate with health services, general practitioners, hospitals, training providers, councils and businesses.

Find out more about our partners

School of Medicine Orations

The School of Medicine Oration is the yearly public presentation featuring a prominent guest speaker. Below is a list of all past orations, with a short synopsis and link to the recorded oration.

2017 - Professor Francis L Delmonico M.D - When we choose to “go to the moon”: what organ donation and transplantation reveals about medicine, science, and humanity

This year we were delighted to welcome Professor Francis L Delmonico, an international leader in organ donation and transplantation to deliver the 2017 School of Medicine Oration entitled: “When we choose to “go to the moon”: what organ donation and transplantation reveals about medicine, science, and humanity”.

Professor Delmonico is Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is Emeritus Director of Renal Transplantation. He is also Medical Director of the New England Organ Bank, and Past President of the United Network for Organ Sharing, the federally designated Organ Procurement Transplant Network (OPTN) that oversees the practice of transplantation in the United States. He is also Past President of The Transplantation Society, an Advisor to the World Health Organization in matters of organ donation and transplantation, Senior Advisor to the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group, and a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Professor Delmonico is renowned for his work in combatting organ trafficking and transplant “tourism”, and supporting the development of ethical practice in donation and transplantation throughout the world. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 publications, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New York Times. He is a former Board member of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and a recipient of the NKF’s David M. Hume Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a co-recipient of the Prince of Asturias award on behalf of The Transplantation Society in 2010 for his efforts in the establishment of the Declaration of Istanbul. He has received the Shumakov Medal from the Moscow Institute of Transplantation and the Gold Medal of the Catalan Transplantation Society. He has received Honorary Doctorates from the Pan American University of Mexico City, Salem State University, and the Karolinska Institute.

2016 - Dr Jonathan Silverman - Communication in medicine: the good, the bad and the ugly. How we can train our health professionals and change our systems to provide excellence in health care

2016 Deakin University School of Medicine Oration Delivered by Dr Jonathan Silverman.

Dr Jonathan Silverman is a world expert on teaching communication skills to medical students and doctors. He is honorary visiting Senior Fellow at Cambridge University. He was a General Practitioner for over 30 years in Linton, Cambridgeshire, UK. He has been actively involved in teaching medical communication skills since 1988, and in 1999 he became Director of Communication Studies for the medical degree at Cambridge University.

Jonathan is best known as one of the authors of the Calgary-Cambridge Guides to the Medical Interview, which has a global reputation and provides a framework for describing the medical interview. The guides are used in 70% of UK schools, and around the world, including here at Deakin University. He has conducted communication skills teaching seminars throughout the UK, in Europe, Australia and North America.

In 2005, he founded the UK Council for Communication Skills Teaching in Undergraduate Medical Education for all 33 UK medical schools. He is President of the European Association for Communication in Healthcare. In 2015, he was awarded the Lynn Payer award “for outstanding contributions to the literature on the theory, practice and teaching of effective health care communication and related skills” from the American Academy of Communication in Healthcare.

2015 - Professor Julian Savulescu - The Hypocritic Oath: Medical Ethics in a Rapidly Changing World

Deakin University School of Medicine Oration 2015 'The Hypocritic Oath: Medical Ethics in a Rapidly Changing World' presented by Professor Julian Savulescu (Thinker in Residence)

Julian holds degrees in medicine, neuroscience and bioethics. He is a world leader in medical and practical ethics, and is Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics and founding editor of Journal of Practical Ethics. He is author of over 250 publications and has given over 120 invited international presentations. He is the Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor at Monash University and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Florey Neuroscience Institute, one of the World's top 10 neuroscience institutes.

Julian was the Thinker in Residence at our School of Medicine at Deakin University. He holds the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. He is the Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics within the Oxford Faculty of Philosophy. He is Director of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, which is one of three strategic centres in biomedical ethics in the UK funded by the Wellcome Trust, and he was recently awarded their flagship Wellcome Senior Investigator Award. He is also Director of the Institute for Science and Ethics within the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford.

He was selected as the winner of the 'Thinkers' category of The Australian's Top 100 Emerging Leaders awards, presented by the Australian Prime Minister. He has presented at conferences across the world including the World Economic Forum at Davos (2009) and gave the keynote for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (2013).

2013 - Professor Peter Doherty - The Killer Defence

2013 Deakin University School of Medicine Oration Delivered by Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty.



1997 Australian of the Year Professor Peter Doherty trained as a veterinarian, before spending a decade researching infectious diseases of domestic animals. For the past 40 years he has been involved in biomedical research. He and his Swiss colleague Rolf Zinkernagel shared the 1996 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for a discovery made at the John Curtin School of Medical Research and the ideas they developed concerning the nature of cell-mediated immunity and transplantation.

cARdiac ECG augmented reality app

Our cARdiac ECG AR app is an engaging, fun and practical way for our students to start learning about the heart and the ECG.

The app takes users on an immersive and interactive journey to explore the fundamental concepts of cardiac anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology relevant to the ECG in common and important clinical scenarios.

Learn more about the cARdiac ECG AR app

Download the cARdiac ECG app marker:

PDF cARdiac ECG app AR marker -7.7MB

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