Surgeons in operating theatre

Our disciplines within the School of Clinical Medicine bring together academic staff and conjoint academics from across UNSW clinical campuses and affiliated medical research institutes. Our disciplines lead the delivery of education and research, developing new approaches to clinical problems and strengthening our communities.


The discipline of Medicine aims to brings together sub-disciplines within the school to lead the coordinated delivery of education and research. Our academic staff, conjoints and researchers come from a wide range of backgrounds including cardiology, endocrinology, infectious diseases, nuclear medicine and many more.


Surgery is the branch of medical practice that treats injuries, diseases, and deformities by the physical removal or repair of organs and tissues. Surgeons often work closely with other subspecialty physicians: paediatric surgeons with paediatricians, orthopaedic surgeons with rheumatologists and so on.

Paediatrics & Child Health

The discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health leads the delivery of educational and research activities aimed at the maintenance of child and adolescent health from the neonatal period until 18 years of age. Research areas include childhood rare diseases.

Psychiatry & Mental Health

The discipline leads the delivery of psychiatry education within the medical program, as well as a broad research program focused on improving mental health in our community. Staff come from varied professional backgrounds including the medical specialty of psychiatry, psychology and nursing.

Women’s Health

The discipline of Women’s Health is largely based at the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick, NSW's only dedicated women’s hospital. The aim of our programs is to develop new approaches to important clinical problems in our field by deriving ideas and strategies for investigation of treatment.

Primary Care (Rural)

The UNSW discipline of Primary Care (Rural) heads the provision of primary care education in the medicine program, as well as strengthening the rural communities and health services they are based within. Staff have a wide range of clinical, academic and sociocultural backgrounds.

Critical care

We are a composite discipline comprised of Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care and Anaesthesia. Our patients present with symptoms and signs rather than a diagnosis. We see the whole spectrum of acuity.