Professor Bruce Abernethy, Executive Dean
Professor Bruce Abernethy, Executive Dean

I am delighted to welcome you to the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at UQ.  The Faculty, through its co-location of schools with compatible professional interests in health and its assembled research strengths in the behavioural and biological aspects of health, is positioned to reshape how we train future professionals in clinical and allied healthcare and how we engage in inter-disciplinary research and practice that makes a difference.

We’re seeking to share the skills, knowledge, insights and methods of our different disciplines and professions to generate health, social, and cost benefits both for individuals and for the state and national economies.

Our Faculty consists of seven core schools - Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Pharmacy, Psychology, Human Movement Studies, Nursing and Midwifery, Dentistry and Social Work and Human Services - and three research centres - the National Centre for Environmental Toxicology (Entox), the Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD) and the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (CYSAR).

While our Faculty office is located at the St Lucia campus, our schools and centres are widely distributed on University and hospital campuses throughout Brisbane and south-east Queensland.  This close embedding of our activities with those of key healthcare providers and partners is a major strength of the faculty and makes possible interactions and integrations in teaching, research and clinical engagement that are central to the Faculty’s mission. Being onsite at Brisbane’s major hospitals as well as UQ’s St Lucia campus, and with high resolution technology connecting us to health services throughout Queensland, we’re translating discoveries into best practice patient care every day. We’re also helping to drive health innovation through our own clinics and our close interaction with the primary care activities of UQ Health Care. We also have strong connections with schools, providing opportunities for graduates to work in promoting positive health behaviours amongst children and youth.

The Faculty has wide-ranged, established areas of excellence across its Schools and Centres.  For example, the internationally acclaimed Triple P Positive Parenting Program from the School of Psychology, has been validated by numerous efficacy studies as a means to improve childhood well-being and reduce hospital visits, and at the same time it has become one of Queensland’s best performing exports. Research from the National Centre for Environmental Toxicology has changed legislation internationally in relation to pesticide usage.  The CRC for Autism and the NHMRC Centres of Clinical Research Excellence in Aphasia Rehabilitation and in Spinal Pain (located within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) are critical hubs for research-led changes to health practice.  The Faculty’s strengths (as you will see from exploring these pages and those of our Schools and Centres) are wide-ranging and extensive.

We’re also expanding our strengths in traditional fields like clinical practice and cognitive science, physiotherapy, exercise science, nursing and dentistry, pharmacy and psychology, to embrace emerging fields such as technology-enabled rehabilitation, environmental health, health literacy, Indigenous health and ageing.

We recognise partnerships as being central to success and as a consequence we interact closely not only with our clinical colleagues in the public and private sector but also with other faculties and research centres within UQ who have a health interest. Our collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is a particularly close one that helps ensure UQ’s strengths across the whole health and biomedical sphere bring optimal interprofessional experiences for our students and optimal impact for our research. 

Together we’re creating more opportunities for people who want a career in health to explore their options, develop their ideas and make a difference.

With UQ’s Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences you can experience so many career possibilities – even, undoubtedly, roles that are yet to be defined. More importantly, you can be part of the continuous process of improving health knowledge and healthcare for the future.  I invite you to take the journey with us.