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About us

Michelle Lincoln, Dean of Faculty of Health

The Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra educates health and sport professionals and researchers to be leaders in their fields.

We teach in thirteen study areas: Nursing, Midwifery, Sport and Exercise Science, Physiotherapy, Nutrition and Dietetics, Pharmacy, Public Health, Psychology, Counselling, Medical Radiation Science, Occupational Therapy, Optometry and Speech Pathology. Our courses are a blend of theory and practical application to real world settings, and our graduates are highly sought-after.

Our research has a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of people living in the Canberra region, Australia and abroad through the work of our institutes and centres: Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Science (RISE), Health Research Institute (HRI), and Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre – SYNERGY, a partnership between University of Canberra and ACT Health.

Our UC Health Clinics, integrating healthcare with education, provides real world educational opportunities for students while offering affordable, high quality allied health services for the Canberra community. The UC Hospital, the largest purpose-built rehabilitation centre in the ACT, houses a state-of-the-art clinical and practical teaching space for students in collaboration with ACT Health.

UC’s innovative sporting commons is home to the ACT Brumbies, UC Capitals, and Special Olympics ACT and world-class sporting facilities for students and staff.

We regularly engage with our local community by raising awareness of health issues and supporting the Health professional community through professional short courses.

As of 2020, we are the highest ranked Australian Health Faculty that does not have a Medical School (Times Higher Education rankings).

  • #1 in the ACT for Fulltime Employment and Median Salary in Health Services
  • #1 in the ACT for Fulltime Employment and Median Salary in Nursing
  • Rated 5-stars for full time employment and student support in Nursing.
  • #1 in the ACT for Fulltime Employment and Median Salary in Psychology
  • Rated 5-stars for full time employment in Psychology.
  • #1 in Australia for Fulltime Employment in Rehabilitation
  • #1 in the ACT for Fulltime Employment and Median Salary in Rehabilitation
  • Rated 5-stars for full time employment, median salary and skills development in the Rehabilitation.
  • Rated 5-stars for full time employment in Social Sciences.
Good Universities 5 star for employment medal
Good Universities 5 stars for skills development medal
Good Universities 5 stars for student support medal

Executive structure

Professor Michelle LincolnExecutive Dean, Faculty of Health
Professor Stuart SempleAssociate Dean - Education
Professor Jennie ScarvellAssociate Dean - Research and Innovation
Dr Jane FrostAssociate Dean – Work Integrated Learning
Professor Karen StricklandHead of School - Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health
Professor Mark NauntonHead of School - Clinical Sciences
Dr Richard KeeganHead of School - Rehabilitation and Health Sciences
Professor Rachel DaveyDirector - Health Research Institute (HRI)
Dr Gordon WaddingtonDirector - Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UC-RISE)
Ms Rachel HarriganFaculty General Manager
Ms Bronwyn KosmanEducation Manager
Dr Nicole VlahovichResearch Manager
Mrs Rebecca TannerOperations Manager
Ms Sally JacksonHealth Clinics Manager
Mrs Eva WeylingClinic Coordinator

Below is a chart outlining the executive structure of the Faculty of Health. Click to expand.

Health organisational structure diagram