Department of Clinical Medicine

Department of Clinical Medicine

We are an integral element of Macquarie University’s initiative to develop Australia’s only university-led integrated health campus.  Our teaching is founded on real experiences, using this as our basis for learning. We adapt to fit the needs of the modern student by using education technology which enables students in our department to get their education when and where it suits them.

We adhere to Macquarie’s Learning and teaching strategic framework. For support in using our teaching tools such as iTeach and iLearn, see Macquarie’s teaching technologies and tools page.

If you need to book a room, contact the property team. If you require access to the medical science laboratories, contact Collette Tosen, who will organise our laboratory safety and training session before access is granted.

Head of Department

Richard Kefford

Professor Richard Kefford (RK) was Founding Director of the Department of Medical Oncology at Westmead Hospital in 1986, the Familial Cancer Service at Westmead in 1992 and the Westmead Institute for Cancer Research (WICR) in 1996. WICR was one of three institutes that united to form the Westmead Millennium Institute in 1999, and RK was founding Deputy Director 1999-2013. He was a founding Member of Melanoma Institute Australia and Co-Director of Research since its inception.

Research and Funding

Our research addresses questions of clinical importance in the delivery of better clinical care.  Our efforts range from innovative treatments for aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations, or better therapies for glaucoma, through to novel orthopaedic surgical procedures and minimally invasive surgery for cancers, or targeted therapies and personalised cancer medicine.

Find out more about our department research.  

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Science Research Office can help you with research-related questions, and should be your first point of contact.Further information can be found on Macquarie’s research web pages, including information on grants and funding.

If you have travel requirements for your research, Macquarie offers travel support and info.

When it comes time to present your research, our marketing and communications team can help you understand our brand and media engagement guidelines.

If you are undertaking research, you must ensure compliance with the Human Ethics Committee and the Animal Ethics Committee. You must also seek approval from the Biosafety Committee.

Employee support and safety

Macquarie wants to ensure all staff enjoy a safe, happy, productive working environment. We offer support to get you started and are transparent about our employee benefits. It is important to be aware of our Safety at work policies, as well as the University's wellbeing services that range from employment support to childcare.

Macquarie University’s health and safety policy ensures a safe work and study environment for both students and staff. Staff are encouraged to read our health and safety requirements should they need to report an incident or hazard.

All staff are required to complete the Health & Safety Induction modules.

Department travel requirements

Step-by-step process for travellers

  1. Obtain a flight quote. Domestic quotes are to be requested from your department travel booker. Contact STA Travel/Campus Travel directly for International flight quotes.
  2. Complete travel application and attach all supporting documentation (eg flight & accommodation quotes, abstract, proof of presentation, travel diary, collaboration invitation)
  3. Sign your application then submit to your supervisor followed by the Head of Department to review/approve.
  4. Submit signed application to your Faculty/Department Administrator for processing. Administrator will check application (budget, funds and supporting docs) then arrange for Exec Dean’s approval. Once your application is approved by the Exec Dean, the Administrator will confirm and pay for flights using the nominated MQ issued credit card (staff issued, supervisor or manager).

Personal / private travel

Travellers may undertake up to seven days personal or private travel in conjunction with travel on official University business, provided:

  • the private travel does not exceed the business portion of travel
  • prior approval is obtained for the period of leave
  • all costs associated with this travel are paid for separately and from non-University funds

Travel diary

Travellers must keep a Travel Diary when travelling on University business, whether fully- or partially-funded, for:

  • all international travel
  • domestic travel of more than five consecutive nights
  • reimbursement of expenses

Travel insurance

Staff and post-graduate students travelling on official University business are automatically protected during overseas and domestic travel for the first 180 days of their trip.

Travel Insurance cover is also provided for a maximum period of 7 days for private travel taken in conjunction with business travel. This is only applicable to staff business travel; students are not covered for any private travel and should purchase their own travel insurance.

Get involved

MQ Health Grand Rounds is open to all clinical staff and our researchers. Held on the last Wednesday of each month, current and interesting medical and surgical cases are presented with lively discussion.

If you are interested in getting involved with our research, contact the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science Research Office.

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