Welcome to the Faculty of Health
The COVID pandemic has thrown the work of our healthcare practitioners into the spotlight. Now more than ever we need a health workforce that is keenly attuned to the needs of local communities, with a global focus on practice and learning.
At the Faculty of Health at Southern Cross University, we are deeply committed to tackling the issues that are closest to home and to training of the highest standard for the professionals our communities need. At the same time, we realise our potential to contribute on the world stage.
Our research aspires to influence global healthcare, building on our strengths to generate new knowledge and to drive practice forward into the future.
Professor, thanks for your time. We've gone through a very hard year, but it's now 2021 and we're setting our sights on the future. What does the future hold for your portfolio?
We've clearly seen a year where health has been prominent and at the forefront of everybody's mind. But in terms of our faculty, we're here to deliver the healthcare workforce of the future and be part of workforce solutions for the region in particular, but also obviously, to deliver workforce more nationally and globally.
We're training practitioners now to be global practitioners, not just to be trained to deliver healthcare in their local region. We're training healthcare professionals across a whole host of professional groups. So nursing, midwifery, and a number of allied health professions, including occupational therapy, podiatry, pedorthics, osteopathy, speech pathology. So we're covering a wide range of professions and delivering healthcare workforce into those professional disciplines moving forward.
So I was going to ask you, so from a personal point of view, what sort of impacts do you bring to the table that might not have been there before, for instance?you can hear from my accent that I'm not from this part of the world. I've recently relocated to Australia, so I bring, I suppose, a global perspective. I bring an international perspective from another country in the world, where of course, there are many things that are similar, but there are also things that we can learn, both ways. There's things that I can bring with me from my UK experience that hopefully, just a different perspective on things.
And I guess as a faculty of health within that, we've got a huge part to play in that, issues of connected communities. Health is embedded in the community, without a shadow of a doubt.And many of our students are embedded in those communities and are rarely able to make a difference, not just by the shift that they go and do every day, but by the way they contribute to those communities.
After they've graduated in five years time, for instance, how would you like their peers and employers to look upon those graduates?I want them to look at them as really competent, high calibre practitioners, I want them to look at them as practitioners who are fit for healthcare of the future and I want them to look at them as advocates of SCU as students who can really feel that they've been given a really solid, strong grounding in their careers, because I want them to be leaders of the future.
Professor Thanks very much for your time.
Discover our Faculty
Students learn and practise their skills in state-of-the-art simulation laboratories and specialist facilities, located at Southern Cross University's campuses in Lismore, Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour. Two on-campus Health Clinics provide safe environments for supervised placements, where students provide integrated healthcare services to the community.
Research in the Faculty
Drawing on the advice and insights of health departments and professional associations, we design and deliver accredited courses that are relevant and responsive to the needs of our communities. Our research responds to community issues, with a focus on our capacity to influence best practice standards for global healthcare.
Our lecturers and researchers have strengths in disciplines across the healthcare spectrum, spanning nursing and midwifery, occupational therapy and speech pathology to podiatry, pedorthics, osteopathy and biomedical sciences.
Placements and work integrated learning
Real world experience is invaluable to employment prospects in the health sector. Plus completing placement fulfils the accreditation requirements for many of our degrees.
Engage in clinical activities like assessment and diagnosis, and patient treatment planning and intervention – all under full supervision – without leaving the campus at the University’s Health Clinics located at the Gold Coast and Lismore.
A scholarship can help ease the financial burden of getting an education.
Southern Cross University’s scholarships range in value from $150 to $60,000.
Explore your Honours options
An Honours year extends your knowledge and develops advanced research skills. It’s the preferred pathway to PhD studies, too.
And if you’re considering a career in psychology Honours is the necessary preparation.
Higher degrees by research
The Faculty of Health offers higher degrees by research:
- Master of Science (Health)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Health)
Recognition for prior learning guides (RPL)
Students may have the opportunity to have their prior learning recognised for some courses. Find out more via the links below.
- Bachelor of Nursing pathway
- Bachelor of Nursing
- Bachelor of Midwifery
- Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology