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, Human Movement, Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy), Medical Sonography, Health Sciences, Exercise and Sports Science, Nutrition and Exercise Science and Clinical Exercise Physiology.
With over 3600 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) shows highest ratings in the state for student satisfaction, employment and graduate-based employment, teaching scale (the percentage of graduates who agreed they experienced good teaching practices during their study) in areas of ‘Health Services and Support’ (medical radiation sciences, podiatry, human movement and sports science) and in ‘Rehabilitation’ (Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy).
The School offers counselling, training, support and rehabilitation services through its 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 more 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 Activity; International Centre for Allied Health Evidence, Body in Mind Research Group and the Centre for Population Health Research. Indeed, 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!
Prof Roger Eston
Head of School