Health Sciences

Executive Dean's Welcome

Michelle Campbell Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
Professor Michelle Campbell

The Faculty of Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University (ACU) has a unique position in Australia. We prepare highly qualified graduates in the areas of nursing, midwifery, paramedicine, exercise science and physiotherapy and have created national networks of key health services to support education and research objectives and outcomes.

We have a vision to be recognised for outstanding courses that supply caring, prepared and qualified graduates who will contribute to promoting health and preventing illness for Australia’s health and sports industries as well as providing quality health care for vulnerable communities such as the indigenous, elderly and disabled people.

The Faculty offers courses that have a focus on health and range from undergraduate to postgraduate programs of study. Many postgraduate courses have been developed in conjunction with hospitals and health fitness agencies in order to meet specific needs of the professions and industry. Some postgraduate units are offered in flexible learning mode by online study. All students have field and clinical experience that is supervised by specially qualified practitioners. Catholic hospitals and other public, private and specialty organisations, as well as schools and various health and fitness centres, are involved with preparing for promoting and offering this valued and essential experience.

The goals of the Faculty are closely linked to and emanate from the Mission of the University. The Faculty is committed to promoting excellence in teaching specific to the disciplines of health science, and in scholarship and research for dissemination among the professions, other institutions and the wider society. As a community of scholars the Faculty seeks to promote the uniqueness, personal integrity and potential of each of its members.

The areas of achievement by the Faculty include teaching and learning, research and scholarship and community engagement in addition to specific objectives regarding internationalisation, quality and resource management. We have developed a number of relationships with key health organisations and these collaborations are aimed at supporting the development of a contemporary health workforce and strong transnational research culture.

If you are enrolling in one of our courses for the first time this year I extend a warm welcome to you. The Faculty endeavours to promote a warm, friendly atmosphere in which students can pursue their studies with well-qualified and enthusiastic 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