University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

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Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences of the University of Melbourne has the largest amount of post-graduate enrolments in the University of Melbourne[1] and also hosts the most amount of school, department and centres of all University of Melbourne Faculties, consisting of 52 faculty sub-organisations[2]

About the Faculty [3][edit]

The University of Melbourne’s School of Medicine was founded in 1858 by Anthony Brownless, a graduate of the University of St Andrews School of Medicine. By Federation in 1901, the school had become the Faculty of Medicine.

When the Murray Committee reported in 1956 on the inadequacies of the nation's tertiary education sector, the mood to change medical education accelerated. The University was central to the revolution to medicalise society through the expansion of medical services. During the decades to follow, the University was the only tertiary institution to mentor the development of a number of medical institutions in South-East Asia and here in Victoria, the Monash Medical School.

In 1989 the University's Faculty of Dental Science amalgamated with Medicine to become the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and later expanded again to include Physiotherapy, Psychology and Nursing. The University established Australia's first School of Population and Global Health in 2001 and then the School of Rural Health in 2002. As of 2016, the faculty also includes the School of Social Work (having moved from the University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts) as well as the Nossal Institute for Global Health.

Adapted from Humanity's Mirror: 150 Years of Anatomy in Melbourne.[4] as well as the Faculty's "Our History" web page.[5]

  • In line with the Melbourne Curriculum (formerly the 'Melbourne Model'), the Faculty provides the Bachelor of Biomedicine, a three-year, full-time degree that offers 12 majors across biomedical disciplines.
  • For the year of 2016 The University of Melbourne attracted more nationally competitive research funding than any other Australian university [6]
  • In the year of 2010, Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne achieved the maximum world rating (5) in the Excellence in Research for Australia Report (scale of 1 o 5) in the areas of:[7]
    • Medical and Health Sciences
    • Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics
    • Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
    • Clinical Sciences Dentistry
    • Immunology
    • Neurosciences
    • Oncology and Carcinogenesis
    • Ophthalmology and Optometry
    • Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
    • Medical Physiology
  • The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences which forms part of the Faculty is one of the oldest and largest departments of psychology in Australia with its first paper on Psychology written in February 1888 and the Department of Psychology being founded in 1946[8]
  • In 2011 the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences introduced the Doctor of Physiotherapy as Australia’s first three-year entry to practice graduate level program[9]
  • The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is the University of Melbourne’s largest faculty[10]

Faculty structure[edit]

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences encompasses several Schools directly beneath it. Within each School, there are also several Departments, Research Centres, and Institutes that are contained. Each Department, Research Centre, and Institute can also contain several Research Unit sub-organisations which focus on specific research areas (for example Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age or Public Health Insight). An overview of the Faculty Schools and structure are as follows:

Associated Research institutes[11][edit]

Partner Centres [12][edit]

Major projects[edit]

Through extensive partnerships, the Faculty has been involved in a range of developments, including the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the Western Centre for Health Research and Education, the Peter Doherty Institute and the Melbourne Brain Centre.

Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Research[edit]

The University of Melbourne was ranked in the top 20 in the world in clinical, pre-clinical and health subjects by the 2015 QS World University Rankings.[13] The Faculty is highly active with over 1400 researchers in eight broad research domains encompassing the breadth of medicine, dentistry and the health sciences. The Faculty has also developed a tool to "Find a researcher" in by speciality in their relevant field.

As of 2016, some examples of research outcomes from the University of Melbourne School of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences include the Stentrode[14] a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, treatment research for pre-eclampsia, and prosthetic body parts that can simulate touch sensations to amputees.

Criticisms[edit]

  • In 2010 the Faculty drew criticism from the Australian Medical Students' Association (AMSA) over its decision to alter its course structure to allow full fee paying domestic student places:

"The Bradley report into Higher Education stated that participation by students from low socio-economic backgrounds in higher education in Australia needs to be increased. The Federal Government and Universities have been working hard to achieve this aim, which AMSA strongly supports. So for one of Australia's leading Universities to make an active decision to disadvantage students from low socio-economic backgrounds is very disappointing and will undermine much the good work being done around the nation,” said Ross Roberts-Thomson, AMSA President.[15] This alteration from labelling the course from "undergraduate" to "post-graduate" was seen as a way of avoiding the Australian Governments ban on full fee paying places for Undergraduate degrees, and as increasing potential barriers for applicants from low socio-economic background from enrolling.

Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Course example of Fee Structure[edit]

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences has various fees associated with their courses that are variant depending on factors such as whether the student enrolling is Domestic or International, what type of degree they are studying, whether they are enrolling in a course that accepts Australian Government Commonwealth Supported Places or if the enrolling student is paying full fees upfront, and also what level of education the degree pertains to (Masters, Doctorate, Bachelor etc.)

As an example, the table below is taken from the University of Melbourne Fee tables and calculations website[16] and lists student contributions for 1 Equivalent Full-Time Student Load in 2017.

Discipline Annual student contribution amount for 1 Equivalent Full-Time Student Load (EFTSL) Your actual student contribution will be charged by subject.
Band 1

Humanities, behavioural science, social studies, education (see Notes), clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, nursing

$6,349 per standard year* $793 per standard subject (12.5 credit points)
Band 2

Mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture

$9,050 per standard year* $1,131 per standard subject (12.5 credit points)
Band 3

Law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science

$10,596 per standard year* $1,324 per standard subject (12.5 credit points)

The University offers a method of calculating student contributions on the University of Melbourne Fee Calculator Website[17] which lists the EFTSL amount per course along with course codes.

Present and Past Faculty Deans[edit]

Below is a list of the Faculty deans from 1876 to the present:[18]

Student associations[edit]

The Faculty provides varying levels of administrative support to the following clubs and societies at the University of Melbourne:

References[edit]

  1. ^ University of Melbourne hosts the largest amount of post-graduate enrolments in the University of Melbourne
  2. ^ Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences structure.
  3. ^ http://mdhs.unimelb.edu.au/about/our-history
  4. ^ Jones, R. L., "Humanity's Mirror: 150 Years of Anatomy in Melbourne", Haddington Press, 2007.
  5. ^ History of the MDHS Faculty
  6. ^ [1] Research funding in 2016 for University of Melbourne, Department of Education, Australia
  7. ^ [2], Excellence in Research for Australia Report 2010, Australian Research Council
  8. ^ Establishment of Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science School of Psychological Sciences
  9. ^ "Doctor of Physiotherapy: About DPhysio". University of Melbourne. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  10. ^ [3], University of Melbourne Annual Report
  11. ^ Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences Associated Institutes
  12. ^ Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences Centre Partners
  13. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015 - Medicine". QS World University Rankings. Retrieved 2015-05-02. 
  14. ^ University of Melbourne joint project to create the Stentrode
  15. ^ [4] Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences draws criticism over introduction of Full Fee paying placements from the Australian Medical Students Association
  16. ^ http://students.unimelb.edu.au/admin/fees Fee tables and calculations website
  17. ^ Student Fee Calculator
  18. ^ List of all Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science Deans from 1876 to present

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