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About Faculty of Health

About the Faculty of Health

The Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra educates clinicians, professionals and researchers to be leaders in the ever changing sectors of health and sport. With a focus on innovative education methods, the Faculty is continuously evolving with the environment and producing high quality graduates and leading research in the areas of Psychology, Nursing and Midwifery, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Sport and Exercise Science, Physiotherapy, Nutrition and Dietetics,Medical Radiation Science and Public Health.



The Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra educates health professionals and researchers to be leaders in the ever-changing health sector. Sport, at both the community and elite levels, is also a major focus. Essentially, courses in Health and Sport are about improving the quality of life for individuals and the broader society. This is achieved through the study of health, sport and human sciences, including the study of physical and mental health and disease, as well as human and community well-being. 2016 will see the start of a new area of specialisation for Faculty of Health with the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science commencing.

With the focus firmly on innovative education methods, the Faculty is continuously evolving to meet the needs of demanding work environments. We produce highly regarded graduates and high quality research in the areas of Psychology, Nursing, Midwifery, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Sport and Exercise Science, Physiotherapy, Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Health and Counselling.

The Faculty offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees for those eager to work in the challenging and rewarding world of health. For those with an existing qualification in health practice we have postgraduate courses to develop and support specialisation. These include nursing, midwifery and extended scope physiotherapy as well as research training opportunities across all disciplines.

Research, policy and practice have been brought together with the establishment of CeRAPH, our Centre for Research and Action in Public Health, and the naming of the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UC-RISE) as a University of Canberra Research Centre. These two centres give us greater ability to share what we learn in research with students, colleagues in professional practice, and the broader health and sports sector. This in turn shapes the areas we examine in research.

Through the Faculty of Health Clinics, staff and students obtain invaluable experience in work-integrated learning, both on campus and in health services across the Canberra region. The inter-professional learning we offer mirrors the current trends in health and encourages different disciplines to work together, particularly in areas of emerging importance such as primary care, prevention, mental health and the management of chronic disease.

The Faculty of Health is moving in an interesting and exciting direction. I can think of no better time to become involved.

UC Health has embraced innovation in clinical training. Campus-based student-led clinics empower students, providing practical clinical experience with real patients. These services have expanded to a Mobile Health Clinic on the south coast of NSW. Ongoing engagement with the ACT community is provided through innovative student nurse-led wards in aged care facilities where students work with educators to care for older Australians. Relationships have been established with hospitals and primary care health services throughout the ACT and all states to provide diverse, high quality placements. Many students will experience a placement in a regional community during their studies.

All courses offered by UC Health leading to a clinical profession are accredited with the relevant professional body.


UC Health is constantly working to upgrade facilities to achieve better teaching, learning and research outcomes for students. New Clinical Training Labs for Nursing, Midwifery and Occupational Therapy have just been completed, as well as a new Psychology Teaching Computer Lab. Excitingly, a new Pharmacy teaching lab has just opened in the new UC Laboratory building. The UC Health Hub, which will include new Student Led Clinics is due to open in February 2014.

Take a virtual tour of the Nursing, Midwifery and Occupational Therapy training rooms in Building 10

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Community Partnerships

UC Health has an array of innovative research partnerships with academic, government, not-for-profit and other partners identifying solutions to health-related problems. The Centre of Research and Action in Public Health (CeRAPH) undertakes research across all disciplines to create applied knowledge and understanding about whole person, whole community, whole of life health and wellbeing and supports the dissemination of this work through regular seminars and public lectures.

In collaboration with partners and government, UC Health is reshaping community healthcare through several new initiatives. An on-campus GP Super Clinic, incorporating the innovative UC student-led clinics, opens in 2013. Collaboration between the University of Canberra and the Australian National University, led by Southern Medicare Local for clinical training, service delivery and research will further develop clinical training capacity on the south coast of NSW. Additionally, University of Canberra is currently listed as the preferred site for a new ACT sub-acute hospital. See our Community Connections page for more partners.

  • AIS
  • University of Canberra Brumbies
  • ACT Sport and Recreation
  • ACT Health
  • Canberra Raiders
  • Greater Western Sydney AFL
  • Canberra Capitals
  • Australian Swimming
  • Basketball Australia
  • Australian Paralympic Committee
  • Eurobodalla Shire
  • Bega Valley Shire Council
  • Southern General Practice Network

Faculty Office Staff

UC Health teaching staff have strong clinical and industry experience as well as excellent academic qualifications. They are committed to providing a learning experience that prepares graduates for the real world. The faculty is led by Professor Diane Gibson, Dean of Health. The staff in the Deans office are listed below, while all other faculty staff profiles are located on each of our course pages.

Academic Staff

Administrative Support Staff