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Introducing Health Science

Thursday, 08 February 2018


On Friday 2nd February, over 50 prospective ECU students, staff, industry representatives and distinguished guests gathered to celebrate the launch of the Bachelor of Health Science on ECU South West campus.

The evening commenced with a warm welcome and Acknowledgement to Country from Dean Lyn Farrell. Professor Amanda Devine then delivered an informative and practical presentation full of take-home tips to build a healthy gut microbiome. Associate Professor Jacques Oosthuizen outlined the interesting difference in establishing causation from a legal versus an epidemiological perspective. Course Coordinator Jill Darby provided a synopsis of the new course, which includes majors in nutrition, health promotion and Occupational Health and Safety, as well as the research and practice opportunities this will bring to the region. The evening concluded with an Alumni, Aleks Prvulovic, providing some insights into his experience at ECU and outlined the exciting career path the course helped initiate. Aleks has enjoyed a number of roles in the Occupational Health and Safety field with a number of large mining companies. Networking opportunities connected ECU researchers and lecturers with regional stakeholders and ideas for new research, engagement and employment possibilities were discussed.

All ECU staff involved with this significant project - the School of Medical and Health Science’s first course on ECU South West Campus - are excited about the contribution to the South West region this course is anticipated to make. The new course will contribute to increased capacity amongst the health workforce through research internships, practicum placements, Work Integrated Learning opportunities and Higher Degrees by Research. The on-site Health Science Hub will also provide a space for networking and industry events. For more information about the Bachelor of Health Science on South West Campus, telephone 134 328 or email:


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