Deakin University School of Medicine

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Deakin University School of Medicine
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Type Public
Established 2008
Dean Professor Jon Watson
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 520
Location Geelong, VIC, Australia
Campus Rural and regional
Affiliations Deakin University
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Deakin University's School of Medicine is based at the Waurn Ponds campus in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. It offers a four-year, graduate-entry, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) degree.

The medical degree is a 4 year course, with 2 years of pre-clinical education at the University campus in Waurn Ponds, and then 2 years clinical education and experience in one of 5 clinical schools.

The School has also developed other new undergraduate and postgraduate programs, namely Optometry, Medical Imaging, Agricultural Health and Medicine, Units in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Health Science Majors, Bachelor of Health and Medical Science Honours, and a Masters in Clinical Leadership.

Study Options[edit]

The goal of the medical school is to contribute to the improvement of the health and wellbeing of Australians by creating a cohort of new doctors who are skilled and motivated to pursue a career in medicine in rural and regional areas either as specialists or general practitioners.

Undergraduate courses include Bachelor of Vision Science / Master of Optometry

Undergraduate courses[edit]

Honours courses[edit]

The Bachelor of Health and Medical Science (Honours) is specifically designed to provide students from diverse undergraduate backgrounds with an opportunity to undertake research in a wide range of health and medical science disciplines, including basic biological sciences, population health, clinical practice, medical ethics and medical education.

Postgraduate courses[edit]

Research degrees[edit]

Supervisors and their research interests[edit]


The School of Medicine houses a vibrant program of research, including over 100 academic and other research staff as well as nearly 100 research students. The School has established a reputation for research excellence, underpinned by success in NHMRC and other competitive funding schemes, and research publications of consistently high impact. This is underpinned by strong strategic partnerships, including with Barwon Health, CSIRO (AAHL) and a network of clinical providers across Western Victoria.

The School's research is centred on four Research Pillars:

  • Infection, Immunity & Cancer
  • Metabolic & Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Rural & Regional Health

Each of the School's Strategic Research Centres, Research Groups and Research Partnerships align closely with one or more of these Research Pillars.


Official opening Thursday 1 May 2008

On 8 April 2006, the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard announced that Deakin University would host Victoria's third medical school. Under Prof Brendan Crotty, the first cohort of 120 students commenced their BMBS degree on 7 February 2008.[1]

The School of Medicine was opened on 1 May 2008 by the former Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd.[2]

In 2011, there were 130 Commonwealth Supported Places available. This figure included 33 Bonded Medical Places and 5 Medical Rural Bonded Scholarships (MRBS).[3]

DUX of School, Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery[edit]

  • 2011 Waltraud Almhofer
  • 2012 Sian Campbell
  • 2013 Benjamin Fleming
  • 2014 Steven Nicolaides
  • 2015 Shannon Trenwith

Teaching hospitals[edit]

The first two pre-clinical years of the course are based at the Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds.

In third and fourth years, students are based at clinical schools located at the following teaching hospitals affiliated with the Deakin University School of Medicine:[4]

Deakin University RCCS Program (Rural)[edit]

A cohort of students spend all their third year attached to a regional general practice where they complete a 'parallel rural community curriculum' through the Rural Community Clinical School (RCCS). Students cover the same material as those studying in hospital settings. Third year Deakin University medical students in the RCCS program are hosted in general practices in regional and rural Victorian towns including Bacchus Marsh, Daylesford, Colac, Ararat, Camperdown, Casterton, Horsham, Stawell and Hamilton.

Teaching is provided by face-to-face instruction by general practitioners, clinical skills trainers, visiting medical and surgical specialists, and online lectures and tutorials. An aspect of the RCCS program is that students perform "parallel consulting" in general practice. This means the student consults one-on-one with a patient, then presents their findings to the supervising doctor. The doctor completes the consultation with the student observing, giving the student opportunities to develop practical clinical skills such as history taking, physical examination, case presentation and medical management. By placing students in rural general practices rather than major metropolitan hospitals, the aim of RCCS is to give students exposure to primary care and country family medicine, with the ultimate objective of encouraging more medical graduates to work in regional Australia, particularly in general practice.

Deakin Medical Students' Association[edit]

MeDUSA, the Deakin Medical Students' Association, was established in 2008 to coincide with the entry of the first cohort of students.


  1. ^ Deakin Medical School - Introduction. accessed 11 March 2010.
  2. ^ Media Release: Deakin Medical School opens to help address rural and regional health care needs. accessed 11 March 2010.
  3. ^ Deakin Medical School - Admissions. accessed 29 November 2010.
  4. ^ Deakin Medical School - Locations and Facilities. accessed 11 March 2010.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°11′50″S 144°17′55″E / 38.19722°S 144.29861°E / -38.19722; 144.29861