About us

Associate Professor Shylie Mackintosh

It's my pleasure to welcome you to the School of Health Sciences. We offer an exciting range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy), Medical Sonography, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Human Movement, Exercise and Sports Science, Nutrition and Exercise Science and Health Sciences. 

With over 3800 students and 200 academic and professional staff, we are the largest School in the University, and the only institution in South Australia with this range of fully accredited allied health programs in one School which greatly facilitates inter-professional learning and research opportunities. The most recent Graduate Outcomes Survey (Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching, QILT) reports that more than 90% of our graduates from  ‘Health Services and Support’ (medical radiation sciences, podiatry, human movement and sports science) and ‘Rehabilitation’ (Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy) programs are employed  four months after graduation.

The School offers education, training, and rehabilitation services through our Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Exercise Physiology Clinics. These are open to the UniSA community, as well as members of the public and provide opportunities for students to gain professional experience in their chosen field. As such, the School provides integrated teaching at the undergraduate level, opportunities for inter professional learning experiences and collaborative research opportunities for both postgraduate students and staff.

The School is equipped with excellent facilities for teaching and research and is committed to the creation and application of knowledge. We provide students with high quality learning experiences founded on experiential learning, evidence-based and research informed teaching, complemented by an advanced digital and blended learning approach. Applied research and student fieldwork and placements are conducted in collaboration with our strong working relationship with the public and private health, disability, ageing and education agencies. This approach provides an excellent platform for graduates of the School of Health Sciences to rapidly gain employment and become significant contributors to their chosen profession.

The School's research profile brings together multi-disciplinary teams of staff and research students to work on projects that are relevant and beneficial to the community, provide the most up to date knowledge and practices and inform the student learning experience. Research concentrations in the School include the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and ActivityInternational Centre for Allied Health EvidenceBody in Mind Research Group and the Australian Centre for Precision Health . In the Australian Government’s most recent audit of research quality (Excellence for Research in Australia, ERA 2015), our research profile was notably rated as ‘well above world standard’ in the categories of Clinical Sciences (ERA 5)Human Movement and Sports Science (ERA 5; and Nutrition and Dietetics (ERA 5) ;– the only institution in South Australia to be top-rated for these areas of research, and  ‘world class’ (ERA 3) in Public Health and Health Services.

Whatever your area of study in the School of Health Sciences, our academic and professional staff will strive to make your academic journey a smooth one. We are committed to providing exciting, enjoyable and stimulating learning experiences. I encourage you to make the most of it, be proactive in your learning and engage in the ride!

Best wishes

Associate Professor Shylie Mackintosh
Head of School

Areas of study and research

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