Healthcare provision, clinical education and health and medical research are presently undergoing transformational changes locally, nationally and internationally. There is growing recognition worldwide of the importance of:
- professionals in the allied health and behavioural sciences providing cost-effective healthcare
- preventing disease and injury prevention rather than just treating and managing diseases and injury when they occur
- the need to promote sustainable changes in health behaviour in order to reduce the global burden of disease
- teaching, research and healthcare delivery that crosses traditional disciplinary and professional boundaries
- the tight integration of education, research and clinical practice.
The expertise that exists both within and across the Schools and Centres within the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at UQ provides a capability to be not just receptive to these emerging international trends but to provide the research-led teaching and clinical innovations to lead these developments.
It’s the integrated, case management/problem-based learning approach that attracts students and early career researchers to train with teams in our faculty. We recognise that the health system needs to provide integrated care and we utilise interprofessional learning and interdisciplinary research opportunities to help develop this.
It is also the opportunity to play a role in boosting the synergy between research and clinical care, working with, and learning from, internationally renowned researchers and clinicians from a range of different disciplines and professions.
We partner with public and private care services to embed health and behavioural sciences teaching and research at key clinical sites in the greater Brisbane area and beyond.
Our blending of schools with strong professional groundings in allied health with psychology and cognitive science research that spans observation-based studies in laboratories, clinics and real-world settings and includes the development of theory and of evidence-based tools for assessment and intervention by collaborating clinics, hospitals, schools and health services, makes possible new and innovative approaches to dealing with the behavioural as well as the biological elements of health.
And we don’t shy away from the big issues – mental health, ageing, substance abuse and addictions, obesity and Indigenous health, to name a few.
With this diversity of hands-on experience, and access to cutting edge research, our students are preparing for the widest range of clinical and community care situations. They’re encouraged to develop and adopt innovation inherently.
Within Australia’s health economy, we’re aiming, through integration of teaching, research and clinical engagement in the health and behavioural sciences to help ensure the kind of healthcare Australians expect: evidence-based, cost-efficient and effective.