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.
19 January 2018
The colour purple - do plums pack a positive punch for better health?
Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) researchers are conducting a clinical study into the potential benefits of Queen Garnet Plum juice on blood pressure and memory.The juice from this plum variety has been found to contain a substantial amount of naturally occurring anthocyanins or antioxidants.
Anthocyanins are compounds found naturally in fruits and vegetables that are blue and red in colour like plums and blueberries. Research suggests they could protect against age-related diseases like cancer, heart disease and brain function. They’ve also been found to improve gut health which plays an important role in overall wellbeing.
IHMRI Nutritionist, Associate Professor Karen Charlton from UOW’s School of Medicine says the nectar from the Queen Garnet Plum could prove a simple way for Australians to help reduce their risk of heart disease. 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.