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About us

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 fourteen study areas: Nursing, Midwifery, Sport and Exercise Science, Physiotherapy, Nutrition and Dietetics, Pharmacy, Public Health, Psychology, Counselling, Medical Radiation Science, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Speech Pathology and Social Work. 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), University of Canberra Centre for Ageing Research and Translation (CARAT), 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 Canberra Health Services.

UC’s evolving sports neighbourhood is home to the ACT Brumbies, UC Capitals 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.

In 2023, we are in the top 10 ranked Australian Health Faculties (Times Higher Education rankings).

Executive structure

Professor Stuart Semple Acting Executive Dean, Faculty of Health
Assoc Prof Tanya Lawlis

Associate Dean - Education and Strategy

Assoc Prof Nicole Freene Associate Dean - Research and Innovation
Professor Sue McAllister Associate Dean – Work Integrated Learning
Professor Jenny Weller-Newton Head of School - Nursing, and Midwifery
Professor Mark NauntonHead of School – Health Sciences
Assoc Prof Julie Cooke Head of School – Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences
Professor Rachel Davey Director - Health Research Institute (HRI)
Professor Aaron Smith Director - Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UC-RISE)
Ms Rachel Harrigan Faculty General Manager
Ms Carol-Lynne Floyd Faculty Business Support Manager
Mrs Marike Van Noorden Education Manager
Dr Nicole Vlahovich Research Manager
Mrs Rebecca Tanner Operations Manager
Mrs Sally Quattro Health Clinics Manager
Mrs Eva Weyling Clinic Coordinator

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