Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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The Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is one of Australia's leading medical schools, and offers the broadest range of undergraduate and postgraduate medicine-related programs of any Australian university. It is the largest health care faculty of any Australian university, and is part of the largest university in Australia.


The faculty primarily operates from Monash University campuses in Australia, Malaysia and South Africa. The Clayton, Peninsula (Frankston) and Caulfield campuses are all based in metropolitan Melbourne, and the Gippsland campus is in rural Victoria, where it can best contribute to the faculty’s strengths in rural health research and education.

The transfer of much of the Gippsland campus to Federation University Australia does not impact the Graduate-entry Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program which continues to be delivered at Churchill.

Researchers, clinicians and students are based at major hospital sites, particularly at the metropolitan tertiary hospitals of The Alfred, Monash Medical Centre, Box Hill Hospital. The faculty's commitment to rural and regional health is reflected by a presence in many such areas including a clinical schools in Bendigo, Sale and Bairnsdale.


The Faculty supports over 1,500 academic and general staff (not including casual and sessional staff), along with some 1,500 honorary staff, and a total of over 10,500 postgraduate and undergraduate students.

The research facilities and platforms at Monash, which are based around the Monash Biosciences Precinct at Clayton campus, make the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences one of Australia's premier research organisations.

Representatives from the faculty, including the Dean, Professor Christina Mitchell, are prominent in the program of the World Health Summit held annually in Berlin, where Monash participates as the only Australian member of the prestigious M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies. Professor Wesselingh was the Co-President of the 2011 World Health Summit held in Berlin under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, although Professor Christina Mitchell fulfilled the Co-President's duties during the event itself. The former Governor of the State of Victoria, Professor David de Kretser is closely connected with the Faculty as a former leader of the Monash Institute of Medical Research (now known as Hudson Institute of Medical Research), and is a member of the advisory council for the World Health Summit.


Key research areas include:[1]

  • Cancer
  • Stem cell science
  • Early human development
  • Cardiovascular disease/Cardiac Regeneration
  • Public health and epidemiology
  • Global health
  • Health science
  • Infectious diseases
  • Inflammation, allergy and autoimmunity
  • Mental health and cognitive neurosciences
  • Indigenous health
  • Rural health
  • Structural biology and drug development
  • Women's health
  • Men's health

Research centres and institutes[2][edit]

The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences incorporates three research institutes that enjoy varying degrees of autonomy, being:

Research centres within or jointly established by the Faculty include:

  • Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre
  • Australia New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases
  • Australian Cochrane Centre
  • Brain Research Institute at Monash Sunway (BRIMS)
  • Centre of Cardiovascular Research and Education in Therapeutics
  • Centre for Clinical Effectiveness
  • Centre for Developmental Psychiatry
  • Centre for Developmental Disability Health (jointly with the University of Melbourne, but managed by Monash)
  • Centre for Human Anatomy Education
  • Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education]
  • Centre for Obesity Research and Education]
  • Centre for Rural Mental Health
  • Centre for Vascular Health
  • Child Abuse Prevention Research Australia (CAPRA) formally the National Research Centre for the Prevention of Child Abuse
  • Monash Ageing Research Centre
  • Monash Cardiovascular Research Centre
  • Monash Centre for Inflammatory Diseases
  • Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Monash Centre for the Study of Ethics in Medicine and Society
  • Monash Clinical Psychology Centre
  • Monash Institutes of Health
  • Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre
  • Monash Institute of Health Services Research
  • Southern Synergy
  • Van Cleef/Roet Centre for Nervous Diseases

Teaching and learning[edit]

Recognised as being in the top tier of Australian universities for health by the Australian Government’s Learning and Teaching Performance Fund, the faculty offers 23 undergraduate courses, as well as a range of postgraduate options (by both coursework and research). Up to 2010, no comparable health care faculty has received a greater cumulative amount of such funding in recognition of academic performance .[citation needed]

The medical course at the University's Sunway campus in Malaysia is the only program outside of Australia to be accredited by the Australian Medical Council,[citation needed] and is also accredited by the Malaysian Medical Council.

Bachelor Level Degrees[edit]

The undergraduate courses[3] include:

  • Behavioural neuroscience
  • Biomedical science
  • Biotechnology
  • Emergency health (Paramedic)
  • Health sciences
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Radiography and medical imaging
  • Social work

Honours Level Degrees[edit]

The faculty offer a number of one year honours level research degrees. Medical students have the opportunity to intermit from their studies to undertake a Bachelor of Medical Science any time after the completion of their second year of study.

Since 2015, all MBBS students have been transferred to the new MBBS(Hons) degree.

Postgraduate Studies[edit]

Postgraduate studies[4] cover those areas and additional fields including:

  • Community emergency health
  • Epidemiology and preventive medicine
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Forensic medicine
  • General practice
  • Health informatics
  • Health professional education
  • Immunology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Reproductive Sciences
  • Rural Health
  • Surgery


The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences is administered through ten schools.[5]

  • School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Anatomy and Developmental Biology
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
  • Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories (MISCL)
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Psychology and Psychiatry
  • Central Clinical School
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases
  • Medicine, Alfred Hospital
  • Surgery, Alfred Hospital
  • Surgery, Cabrini Hospital
  • Immunology
  • Academic Board of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
  • Eastern Health Clinical School
  • School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health
  • Paediatrics
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Surgery, Monash Medical Centre
  • Medicine, Monash Medical Centre
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • School of Primary Health Care
  • Ambulance and Paramedic Studies
  • General Practice
  • Social Work
  • School of Rural Health
  • School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Health Social Science
  • Medical Schools
  • Central Clinical School (Clayton)
  • Gippsland Medical School
  • Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences (Sunway)


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