Department of Health Professions

Department of Health Professions

The Department of Health Professions is situated in the Macquarie University Hospital precinct, in new state-of-the-art purpose-built facilities designed to simulate authentic clinical environments including a rehabilitation gym and a clinic. 

We aim to be a world class university health and clinical care centre, with research and learning facilities designed to improve the lives of many. Both staff and students adhere to our core values of care, integrity, teamwork, ambition, innovation and engagement.

Our program starts and finishes mid-year and you will work with a small team of students. Alongside physiotherapy, you'll also learn about business management, law, leadership, policy, advocacy and take part in supported research. 

Through our PACE (Professional and Community and Engagement) program, you will be taken out of the classroom and into an industry related scenario where you’ll get hands-on experience in the field. More information can be found in the handbook.

Higher degree research

We aim to advance our knowledge of common neurological, musculoskeletal, and cardiorespiratory conditions, to discover effective strategies for prevention and treatment and translate that knowledge into clinical practice. We offer discipline-specific research training, including: research communication, presentation skills, academic writing and thesis planning.

Financial support is available for eligible candidates for research-related activities such as presenting at conferences. For more information contact research co-ordinator Mark Hancock.

If you are interested in doing research at Macquarie, contact a researcher in your field of interest to discuss your ideas and potential supervision before applying. For more information on applying, contact the Higher Degree Research Office.


HAWC (Health and Wellbeing Collaboration) is our volunteering program for both students and the public. It gives students the opportunity to combine theoretical training with hands-on experience.

Students interested in applying for the program should download our PDF or complete a form of interest.


Students are encouraged to join MedSoc, a faculty postgraduate social network that helps connect our research students through a variety of social events.

Research scholarship opportunities

Our Department is involved in the Faculty Summer Vacation Scholarship Program and offers a range of research opportunities for prospective postgraduate research students to gain experience working with our researchers.  Successful applicants receive a scholarship as part of this program.

Several international and domestic scholarship opportunities are advertised on the University Higher Degree Research website.

On campus, orientation and support

On campus

The University provides support and information for students regarding on-campus food, childcare and travel needs.

Stay fit and active beyond the classroom with Macquarie’s Sport and Aquatic Centre which has a wide range of fitness classes and sporting facilities and a variety of membership options to suit your needs.


New and returning students are encouraged to attend Orientation week to celebrate the new session. Relax, explore and meet new people before lectures start the following week. Check out what is happening during 'O Week' and keep an eye on your emails for your invitation.


Need a little more help? Academic support is available for you providing academic and program advice, as well as peer support, study skills programs and training and support resources throughout your semester.

For help outside of your studies, the Health and Wellbeing teams can help by providing guidance on how to adjust to University life, counselling services, disability support services, student advocacy and much more. Don't forget, you can also tap into the student social clubs and groups as a way of connecting with others who share your passions.

Support is also readily available for Indigenous students and International students who need personal or academic advice.

Contact us 

Learn more about our support for current students, make requests regarding your studies online or contact us.  If you have questions, please go to or contact the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

International student enquiries: submit an online enquiry.


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