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New Executive Dean of Faculty of Medicine and Health

4 October 2017
Executive Dean to lead new integrated medicine and health faculty

The University of Sydney has appointed Professor Robyn Ward AM FAHMS as the Executive Dean of the new Faculty of Medicine and Health after an extensive international search. 

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The University of Sydney has announced that Professor Robyn Ward AM FAHMS has been appointed as the University’s new Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health after an extensive international search.

A highly accomplished researcher with a consistently strong track record, Robyn is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Acting Executive Dean of Medicine at the University of Queensland.   She has been Professor of Medicine at UNSW, Clinical Associate Dean at the Prince of Wales Clinical School and Head of the Adult Cancer Program at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre. Robyn was also Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Centre at the Prince of Wales Hospital.

Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University, Dr Michael Spence, said he was delighted to welcome Professor Ward on board to drive the educational, research and engagement objectives of the new faculty.

“Healthcare both in Australia and overseas, is undergoing significant change. As part of the University’s 2016-20 strategic plan, we are changing our medicine and health faculties to ensure they are positioned to address the important challenges of healthcare in the 21stcentury.

“Key to these changes is the establishment of a single, integrated Faculty of Medicine and Health, which will combine the current faculties of Dentistry, Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery and Pharmacy.

“Professor Ward’s deep understanding of the challenges facing health disciplines and health provision in the 21st century, combined with her significant experience in management and policy advice at a national level, position her exceptionally well for this complex and exciting role. 

“We have been enormously impressed by her deep appreciation for the value of multidisciplinary research and teaching, and her vision for a future in which all the disciplines in the new faculty work together and with the wider health community to tackle the important issues facing health provision in the future,” Dr Spence said.

Professor Ward will formally join the University on 9 July 2018