Welcome from Deputy Head of School - Research
The School of Medicine and Public Health would like to formally acknowledge and thank the Indigenous people, particularly the Pambalong clan of the Awabakal, Darkinjung and Birapai peoples, the original custodians of the lands occupied and used by our School.
The University of Newcastle is ranked nationally in Australia’s top 10 research Universities, with the School of Medicine and Public Health one of the major contributors.
The School comprises a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, many of whom are recognised as world-leaders in their field, focusing on national health priorities including: asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease and mental health as well as indigenous health, primary health care, prevention and community health.
The School’s research strength lies within the following internationally renowned Priority Research Centres (PRC)s: Asthma and Respiratory Diseases, Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine, Brain and Mental Health Research, Gender, Health and Ageing, Health Behaviour and Reproductive Science.
The School has established a number of research groups and centres collaborating with hospitals, medical practitioners, nurses, primary health care centres, aged care facilities, and the Hunter New England Area Health Service.
The School is also strongly affiliated with one of Australia’s most innovative health and medical research institutes, the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) established in 1998 as a strategic partnership between the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and the Hunter community. HMRI provides an umbrella organisation for medical research in the Hunter, and is a multi-campus network of over 350 researchers based at either the University or the Area Health Service. HMRI has pioneered the integration of multi-campus university and hospital-based research.
Through links in education and research as well as a community focus, the School endeavours to make a positive contribution to the Hunter and Central Coast communities through community engagement, responsive, relevant and ethical research.
Professor Amanda Baker MClinPsych PhD
NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research