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Faculty Introduction

The Faculty of Health Sciences at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) prepares highly qualified graduates in the areas of exercise science, midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, paramedicine andphysiotherapy. Indeed, ACU is the largest provider of graduate nurses in Australia, an accomplishment that comes from dedication to teaching and research specific to the disciplines of health sciences.

The Faculty of Health Sciences continues to introduce new courses in response to the growing need for a flexible and responsive health workforce across Australia. 2011 saw the expansion of the Bachelor of Physiotherapy to the North Sydney campus and the introduction of the Bachelor of Paramedicine at the Melbourne campus. In 2012 the Faculty will introduce the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the Melbourne campus, a new discipline for ACU.

The Faculty of Health Sciences is located across all six campuses of Australian Catholic University and is one of the largest faculties of Health Sciences in Australia. Commencing 2012, the Faculty will be structured into four national Schools and two University priority research centres:

The Schools are:

  • School of Allied and Public Health
  • School of Exercise Science
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Physiotherapy

The University Priority Research Centres are:

  • National Centre for Clinical Outcomes Research (NaCCOR)
  • Centre of Physical Activity Across the Lifespan (CoPAAL)

The Faculty is in a period of dynamic change positioning itself to be a leading teaching and research Faculty. The Faculty's courses are developed within the Catholic intellectual tradition with the goal of preparing graduates in health with an emphasis on social justice and equity, and sustainability.

The courses on offer within the Faculty of Health Sciences focus on health outcomes and include undergraduate and postgraduate programs of study, along with research degrees. Our courses are developed within the Catholic intellectual tradition with the goal of preparing graduates in health with an emphasis on social justice and equity, and sustainability.

As part of the curriculum, Health Science students undertake field and clinical experience that is supervised by experienced practitioners. Catholic hospitals and other public, private and specialty organisations, as well as schools and various health, fitness and sports centres offer this valued and essential experience to our students.

As a community of scholars, the Faculty seeks to promote the uniqueness, personal integrity and the potential of each of its members. Our goals are closely linked to the mission of the University with key areas of achievement that include learning and teaching, research and community engagement with specific objectives regarding internationalisation, quality and resource management. The Faculty is committed to helping vulnerable communities such as Indigenous, the elderly and disabled people.

If you are enrolling in one of our courses for the first time this year, I extend a warm welcome to you. The Faculty of Health Sciences endeavours to promote an approachable, friendly atmosphere in which students can pursue their studies under the direction of qualified and professional staff. We aim to enhance the dignity of each individual and I am sure you will find your studies with the Faculty of Health Sciences a rewarding experience.

Professor Michelle Campbell
Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences

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