Welcome to the Central Clinical School

The Central Clinical School (CCS) is based at Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital, but CCS also has large teaching and research units at Sydney Eye Hospital and Balmain Hospital, and staff based at Canterbury Hospital.

Staff at CCS cover a wide range of disciplines, and are active in both research and teaching. The CCS research activities are also supplemented by our affiliation with the largest number of external research units and institutes in the Faculty of Medicine, covering a diverse range of disciplines and research areas. Thus our school and staff can provide for a wide scope of interests for students and researchers to pursue their chosen field.

To introduce myself, I am a medical graduate from the University of Sydney, and have been a practicing paediatrician for many years. I have a special clinical and research interest in chest diseases in children, particularly Asthma and Cystic Fibrosis. My other major medical interests are Epidemiology (both Clinical and Population), Evidence Based Medicine, and Medical Education. My recent academic appointments include: Professor and Head of the School of Paediatrics & Child Health and Associate Dean (Children’s Hospital, Westmead); Foundation Dean and Head of Medicine, Bond University, Queensland; and Associate Dean (Education), Office of Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney.

I was appointed as Head of School in February 2005. Since that time, I have focussed on strengthening the interrelationships between the university and our hospitals and affiliated research units. One avenue we have developed is through increasing both academic and clinical titles appointments. These appointments are the core to our being able to provide a strong clinical teaching and research base for our students.

Commencing medical school is an exciting and memorable time for you, particularly your first experiences in the clinical school setting. I do hope your journey with us here will be as enjoyable as my time was as a medical student. On behalf of all our staff, I take this opportunity to welcome you and to wish you all well in your four years with us here in the RPA Clinical School.


Professor Craig Mellis
Associate Dean, Head of School, Central Clinical School