Message from the Head of School

Professor John Prins
Professor John Prins MBBS PhD FRACP FAHMS
Head of Melbourne Medical School

I am pleased to announce the Melbourne Medical School career opportunities webpages are now live. They can be accessed directly from the School's homepage: https://medicine.unimelb.edu.au/

The first round of advertising recently closed and shortlisting and interviews will commence soon for the following positions:

  • Deputy Head of School and Research Director
  • Director​ of Curriculum Redesign
  • Director of Clinician Scientist Pathways

The second round of advertising will open shortly for the following positions:

  • Cato Chair and Head of Department of Psychiatry
  • Chair of Cancer Pathology and Head of Department of Clinical Pathology

A minimum of a further two rounds will continue to cascade over the coming months as negotiations are finalised with partners.

I encourage you to continue to check the webpages for new career opportunities.

I am delighted to announce the Melbourne Medical School Strategic Grants for Outstanding Women to assist talented female academics to negotiate some of the challenges they face in sustaining and building their careers.

The grants will be open to women, from academic levels B to D, with existing (paid or unpaid) academic affiliations with the Melbourne Medical School.

There will be six grants available, with funding ranging from $25,000 to $45,000 per year, for up to two years, to support research, teaching and/or leadership activities.

The assessment schema is currently being finalised and plenty of advance notice will be given regarding the deadline.

In mid-March, I had the pleasure of hosting with Ms Oonagh Kane, Director of Advancement for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, a reception for our thriving alumni community based in Singapore.

The event was attended by former Head of the Melbourne Medical School Professor James Best and Professor Doris Young, former Associate Dean, China Programs.

More than 50 of our Faculty alumni attended and provided valuable feedback, comments and reflections on the Melbourne experience, and how well it prepared them for their lives in healthcare.

These insights from former students, who are now leaders in the health sector, provided an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge into the skills and attributes our students want which will prove invaluable to re-shaping the Doctor of Medicine program.

There were a number of positive comments on the strong training in communication and clinical skills provided by the School, which speaks volumes about the quality of teaching and mentoring provided by our hundreds of teachers across our sites.

I also had the opportunity in Singapore to visit the Lee Kong Chian and the Duke-NUS Medical Schools.

I was briefly in the United Kingdom to meet with some prominent alumni and visit Cambridge to both promote an emergent Cambridge-Melbourne collaboration, planned to involve teaching, research and clinical practice, and to meet with their Dean of Medicine and Head of Curriculum development.

These were productive meetings, with an open dialogue of sharing challenges associated with training doctors.

We will use these valuable learnings as we work toward shaping our new curriculum.

Finally, I would like to introduce Dr Bow Tauro who recently joined us as a MRFF Senior Project Officer.

Bow is co-located with Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (RIC), however, he is dedicated to assisting Melbourne Medical School staff identify and navigate relevant MRFF grant opportunities.

Bow recently presented to the School Executive about the valuable assistance he is able to offer staff and is currently scheduling meetings with all Departments of the School.