"I had the opportunity to meet people who work in the health sector ... it made it easier for me to secure work after finishing my study."

Jodi Wittenberg

Psychology Honours graduate

About the School of Health and Human Sciences


Our goals are to be a major contributor to the region's healthcare workforce and carry out world-leading research to tackle some of the biggest health challenges facing society.
We want to be part of solutions that help improve health across the lifespan, through provision of quality education and regional engagement working closely with the health community.

Professor Julie Jomeen
Dean of Health and Professor of Midwifery
School of Health & Human Sciences


School of Health and Human Sciences

Professor Julie Jomeen, Dean of Health; Head of the School of Health and Human Sciences:

My name's Julie Jomeen. I am the Dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences here at Southern Cross University.

My background is as a clinical nurse and a midwife. I've worked as a midwife for the majority of my career and I'm also a Professor of Midwifery here at the University.

One of the school's dominant aims is to be part of health care workforce solutions – so our mission is very much about developing students who are going to enter the healthcare workforce of the future.

We want to ensure we are delivering the highest caliber of students who are educated in understanding contemporary healthcare. And I think that means how we help our students to understand inter-professional working, how they work in teams and how they are up to date with the latest evidence to underpin the practice that they're engaged in.

We're a School that delivers education across a range of healthcare professions.

We provide programmes in Nursing and Midwifery and a number of Allied Health professions -Speech, Osteopathy, Podiatry, Pedorthics - professions to be proud of. Professions in which you can really make a difference to people's lives.

We want to be part of offering solutions to healthcare problems at a local level, but also those solutions have to be relevant at a national and an international level.

We're doing research in these areas that's able to really underpin the teaching that we give to students. So that notion of research and teaching being really integrated and really well connected to ensure that our students are really up to date when they are going out into the practice setting.

So, we've got amazing new facilities in the new Health Sciences Building at our Coffs Harbour campus, we've got great facilities here at the Gold Coast with amazing clinical labs provision and the equipment we have for students to work with to learn their clinical skills, and we also have great facilities at Lismore where students can also really experience brilliant clinical skills.

One of the things that our students get here at Southern Cross is a really excellent placement experience. We work with a real broad range of healthcare providers across the whole geography of our campuses, so our students really are getting a broad range of healthcare experience relevant to their discipline.

The other thing we're really proud of here at Southern Cross is that our Psychology program in the School of Health and Human Sciences has been rated number one in the federal government QUILT data, but also in the Australian Good Universities Guide which really is an accolade to the quality of the course and the student experience, the academic experience, and the opportunities for graduate employability that students will really gain from by being on our program here at Southern Cross.

We work really closely with our accrediting bodies, and that means we are absolutely certain that our programs are delivered to a high standard and that we are ensuring our students achieve the competencies they need in order to go on and successfully professionally register.

So, Southern Cross University and their School of Health and Human Sciences offers great courses and world-class facilities.

If you're interested in studying with us please visit scu.edu.au/study

Work-integrated learning placements

Be part of health team that treats people with real health issues

Courses in a diverse range of disciplines

Develop knowledge and skills to pursue a wide range of professions

Professional recognition

Degrees designed and approved in consultation with health sector associations

Connections with hospitals and health providers

Benefit from long-established relationships in our campus regions


Our modern laboratories and specialist facilities provide a supervised and safe environment for tuition, practical application and research.

Front of Health Clinic at Lismore campus

Lismore campus

  • Health Clinic
  • Anatomy and physiology lab
  • Anatomy cadaver lab
  • Chemistry lab
  • Exercise physiology lab
  • Weights room
  • Manual therapies lab
  • Movement lab
  • Nursing labs (clinical and simulation)
  • Indoor court
  • Sports field
  • Swimming pool

Explore our Lismore facilities

Student outside Health clinic at Gold Coast campus

Gold Coast campus

  • Heath Clinic
  • Activities of daily living (ADL) lab
  • Anatomy and physiology lab
  • Anatomy cadaver lab
  • Chemistry lab
  • Language lab
  • Manual therapies lab
  • Movement lab
  • Pedorthics/podiatry manufacturing lab
  • Midwifery birth suite
  • Nursing labs (clinical and simulation)
  • Personal skills lab

Explore our Gold Coast facilities

Students outside the Health Sciences Building at the Coffs Harbour campus

Coffs Harbour campus

  • Health Sciences Building with running track lab, exercise science lab, occupational therapy lab and more
  • Anatomy, physiology and chemistry lab
  • Midwifery birth suite
  • Nursing labs (clinical and simulation)
  • Psychology labs
  • Movement labs
  • Indoor court
  • Teaching gym

Explore our Coffs Harbour facilities


Health and Human Sciences graduates making a difference

Meet our Graduates

Contact us

For details of course coordinators, group leads, research director, teaching and learning director, the professional experience unit and the Health Clinics, visit the Contact us page.

Contact the School of Health and Human Sciences

Dean and Head of School

T: +61 2 6620 3557

E: healthpa@scu.edu.au

Group Leads and Course Coordinators

Visit the Staff page

Director of Higher Degree Research

T: +61 2 6659 3688

E: john.hurley@scu.edu.au