School of Medicine

School of Medicine

The UOW School of Medicine is committed to producing excellent graduates who are committed improving the health of individuals, communities and populations. We are a multidisciplinary school with a range of undergraduate and postgraduate course offerings in the fields of Indigenous Health, Medical and Exercise Science, Medicine, Nutrition and Dietetics. The School enjoys an excellent reputation and is ranked in the top 350 institutions in the world in the subject field of Medicine in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2017).

The School of Medicine provides educational experiences that are engaging, challenging and relevant for our students. We focus on producing graduates who can work in a diversity of settings including rural and regional Australian, as well as internationally. Our high standards of academic rigour, breadth of knowledge across the health spectrum and a supportive community, ensure that our graduates are career-ready and have the skills to tackle the most challenging issues in health for the benefit of the local, national and global communities.

Our research makes a positive contribution to the health of the communities we serve. School of Medicine researchers are addressing a range of important population health challenges including health equity, Indigenous health, rural and regional health, mental health, health of older people and prevention and management of chronic illness. Our research strengths range from laboratory scientists investigating mechanisms of disease through to practitioners investigating the social determinants of health and delivery of health services.

Latest News

6 March 2017
Research shows women are just as sweaty as men

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Conventional wisdom has it that men sweat more than women, or as the Victorian-era saying puts it, “horses sweat, gentlemen perspire, but ladies merely glow”. And scientific research appeared to support that view. However, a study by researchers from the University of Wollongong (UOW) and Japan’s Mie Prefectural College of Nursing has shown that women are just as sweaty as men.

The research paper, published in Experimental Physiology, shows that differences in the amount that people sweat are due to body size rather than gender. Big people sweat more than small people.

Study co-author Associate Professor Nigel A.S. Taylor from UOW’s School of Medicine said the body has two main ways to cool down: sweating is one, the other is to increase blood flow to the skin's surface. The study found that smaller males and females relied more on increased circulation to cool down, while larger males and females relied more on sweating.  Read more..