Message from the Head of School

I am excited and honoured to have commenced as Head of the Melbourne Medical School on October 22. I also feel some weight of responsibility to maintain the MMS's position as the leading Medical School in the nation, in a climate of rapidly increasing healthcare demands, State and Federal Health budget pressures, and growing public and student expectations.​

The MMS will need to be proactive in anticipating future societal trends and adapt its educational offerings and research activities accordingly. Key attributes of a successful organisation are collaboration, cooperation and reduction in "waste". The MMS is perfectly positioned to work in this capacity and capitalise on opportunities with key partners, affiliated organisations​, staff and alumni, locally and globally. I am very keen to consult widely to jointly determine the future of the MMS. Through harnessing the prodigious talents of our students, staff and alumni, I am confident we will be successful.

I look forward to my first few months in the position, meeting staff and students across our diverse campuses. I will have the privilege of participating in our upcoming alumni reunion weekend, graduations, and being part of the joy (and disappointment) of the grant results "season". I acknowledge and thank many colleagues who have already helped me to settle in to my new clinical, teaching and research roles.

Finally, I warmly thank Professor Mark Cook for leading the School so capably over the past few months, and for his terrific "handover" which was very much appreciated.