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.
8 November 2017
Study finds vulnerable communities at greater danger of Type 2 diabetes, heart, kidney and eye disease
A study by University of Wollongong (UOW) researchers in partnership with Southern IML Pathology has found that people from disadvantaged areas are most at risk of illness from high blood sugar levels. The study is published in Australian Health Review.
The researchers analysed data from 29,064 individuals in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven (who were already accessing the health system) and found higher disadvantage was associated with belonging to a higher blood sugar category.
Residents from the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods were one-and-a-half times more likely to be in the highest blood sugar category than those from the least disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
While the data was from a single region, given the large sample size and the diverse socio-economic status of the Illawarra-Shoalhaven population the authors believe the paper’s findings have nationwide relevance.
Professor Andrew Bonney (pictured above), the Roberta Williams Chair of General Practice in UOW’s School of Medicine said the results meant the most vulnerable communities were at the highest risk of diseases such as Type 2 diabetes. Read more.
National Colombo Plan Grant
Recently Associate Professor Spiros Miyakis and Jodie Douglas, Curriculum Manager, travelled to Samoa on a National Colombo Plan (NCP) Grant. Four students were undertaking their 6 week Clinical elective in Samoa during this time. The students were all recipients of a NCP Grant.
Prof Miyakis and Jodie spent 3 days working with the students in the Hospital and meeting with colleagues from the Australian High Commission and The National University of Samoa.