Be part of the Australian health care revolution

Welcome to the School of Health and Human Sciences

Health and wellbeing is everybody’s business. Study with Southern Cross University and join the revolution underway in primary and community care across Australia and around the globe.

Why study Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University?

The healthcare and social assistance industry is Australia’s largest and fastest growing industry. If you have an interest in the human body and a passion for helping others, your career opportunities are boundless.

The School of Health and Human Sciences offers contemporary professional training, one that moves beyond the traditional model of acute care into a diverse range of primary and community care services.

Our degrees are designed in consultation with health sector associations to ensure students are receiving the highest level of competencies to be well-prepared for what the industry needs.

Students learn and practise their skills in modern laboratories and specialist facilities located at the University's Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast campuses.

A distinctive feature of the School of Health and Human Sciences is our community Health Clinics at the Gold Coast and Lismore campuses. Here, students (under supervision) deliver integrated healthcare to the public alongside health care professionals and staff.

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5-Star ratings in Nursing

for full-time employment and learning resources - undergraduate

for overall experience, skills development and student support - postgraduate (Good Universities Guide 2021)

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90% full-time employment

for Nursing, as well as Rehabilitation undergraduates (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching 2019)

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In the School of Health and Human Sciences we’re producing capable, creative and caring practitioners, researchers and scientists.

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.

We deliver high-quality learning to students in state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities for practical training.

Undergraduate health courses include Bachelor degrees in nursing, midwifery, biomedical sciences, psychology, occupational therapy, speech pathology, podiatry, pedorthics and sports science. Our clinical science degree incorporates studies in osteopathy.

Work-integrated learning placements are an integral feature of our courses, giving students first-hand experience while developing and refining their skills with real patients.

Postgraduate qualifications are available in diabetes education, osteopathy and clinical exercise physiology as well as healthcare leadership and advanced health practice.


Cyclist undergoing heat chamber training at the Coffs Harbour campus

Supporting innovative research that addresses the needs of regional and rural communities

Our large regional footprint focuses the School’s research expertise to the promotion of health in individuals and communities, and to the delivery of focused, person-centred health care.

Read more about our research

Health Clinics

Students outside the Health clinic at Lismore campus

Get real world practical experience with patients -- without leaving campus

 At the University’s Health Clinics, students engage in clinical activities like assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning and intervention, and evaluation of patients’ needs, all under full supervision.

Our student-led health clinics

The panel of NASA scientists said our rapid healing product would be very useful and valuable in space. To have NASA support and promote our product is amazing.

Dr Rosemary Craig

Rapid Repair project leader

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Nursing student checking blood pressure at Gold Coast campus

Southern Cross University supports student nurses following government announcement

Southern Cross University is supporting international student nurses who may be called upon to join Australia’s health workforce to respond to COVID-19.

Midwifery student practicing at Gold Coast campus

A swift response to improving women’s health

When Georgina Swift realised an opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of women through healthcare, she sold her design business in Sydney to pursue her dream of becoming a midwife.

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University-partnered sports program selected for Rugby League World Cup 2021’s Mental Fitness Charter

The ‘Ahead of the Game’ initiative, focused on improving youth mental fitness through community sport, is the official mental fitness program of RLWC2021.


Each year, the School of Health and Human Sciences hosts events that aim to engage students, the health care sector and the community about topics and opportunities that improve people’s lives and wellbeing. From student-led clinics and student-led conferences through to research seminars and visiting guest speakers, the School encourages innovation and the sharing of information. 

Click for more details about upcoming events in the School of Health and Human Sciences.

Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services...generally meeting everyday essential health needs.

World Health Organisation

Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020

We honour our nurses and midwives

Contact the School of Health and Human Sciences

Dean and Head of School

T: +61 2 6620 3557


Group Leads and Course Coordinators

Visit the Staff page

Director of Higher Degree Research

T: +61 2 6659 3688