Brief History

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Wallace Wurth 2015

1960   UNSW Medicine is established formally, with five foundation chairs – anatomy, medicine, pathology, physiology and surgery. Prince Henry Hospital is named as the University’s first teaching hospital. (pictured: Wallace Wurth builing circa 1966)

1961   The first group of 75 students enrolled in the six-year MBBS program.  The Royal Hospital for Women at Paddington is made a teaching hospital in obstetrics and gynaecology. (St George Hospital, Kogarah, and St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst, joined the list of the University’s teaching hospitals. in the next few years)

1962   Postgraduate Committee is formed and a joint fund set up between the University and Prince of Wales and Prince Henry Hospitals to support research and postgraduate instruction in medicine.

First Graduates1967   Foundation years MBBS students graduate

1970   MBBS enrolments reach full capacity with 895 students.  

1974   The six-year undergraduate course is reduced to five-years.

1988   The six-year undergraduate course is reintroduced. 

1989   The South Western Sydney Clinical School was established, incorporating Liverpool, Fairfield, and Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospitals.

1990s   Increases in both rural teaching and in the intake of Indigenous and rural students into the undergraduate course, following the establishment of the Rural Health Unit.

2000   The School of Rural Health (now Rural Clinical School) opens with campuses in the NSW Greater Murray.

Port Macquarie campus2002   Rural campuses open on the NSW Mid-North coast.

2004   A new highly integrated, six-year undergraduate Medicine program is introduced. 

2010   Lowy Cancer Research Centre, Australasia's first integrated childhood and adult cancer centre officially opens,

2014   The Wallace Wurth building officially reopens, following a major refurbishment. The new building includes new premises for the Kirby Insitute. 

Today   UNSW Medicine is one of the world's top 50 medical faculties with eight schools in Sydney, a Rural Clinical School with country campuses across NSW, and close affiliations with some of Australia’s finest hospitals and healthcare organisations.

UNSW Medicine Deans

2015 - Present
Professor Rodney Phillips

Professor Peter Smith

Professor S Bruce Dowton

Professor WE Glover

Professor RW Pitney

Professor RJ Walsh

Professor FF Rundle


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