School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Balloons - Health Management 60th year celebration

Celebration of 60 years of Health Management @ UNSW

This year marks 60 years since the commencement of postgraduate programs in Health Management at UNSW.  The UNSW Health Management program was the first and is now the largest health management program in Australia. The program has provided local and international students with the core capabilities required to respond to the changing and complex contexts faced by health managers and leaders in diverse health settings.

We invite you to celebrate with us as we reflect on the 60 years of our Health Management programs. This event will be held on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 at the Colombo Building, Kensington Campus, UNSW (in conjunction with the 2016 APRU Global Health Program Workshop). If you would like to attend the Health Management 60th Anniversary celebrations please join us by registering via the link below.

Register Here  Registrations are closed. Please contact Anil Singh-Prakash:

The day will feature our keynote speakers Professor Peter Baume AC who will provide insights into 'health systems challenges: past, present and future’ and Professor Mary-Louise McLaws who will discuss ‘Infection control as a patient safety measure: it’s past and future’. The event will conclude with an awards ceremony accompanied by drinks and canapés. 


APRU WorkshopYou are also welcome to join the APRU program workshop. The full 2016 APRU Global Health Program Workshop will be hosted by UNSW Australia from September 28 - October 1, 2016. Bringing together experts from across the APRU network, the workshop will provide a platform for discussion and debate around the theme 'Double Burden of Disease: Practice, teaching & research'.  Please visit the APRU Global Health Program website for more information and to register.


We look forward to seeing you there.



Peter Baume

Emeritus Professor Peter Baume, AC

Faculty of Medicine UNSW

"Health systems challenges: past, present and future"

Peter Baume, AC is a physician and former Australian politician. He was Professor of Community Medicine at UNSW  from 1991 to 2000 and studied euthanasia, drug policy and evaluation. Since 2000, he has been an honorary research associate with the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW. He currently works as the facilitator of biweekly scenario groups for the 1st and 2nd year of the university's medical programme . He was Chancellor of the Australian National University from 1994 to 2006. He has also been Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission, Deputy Chair of the Australian National Council on AIDS and Foundation Chair of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority from 1991 to 1998. He was appointed a director of Sydney Water in 1998 following the discovery of cryptosporidium in Sydney's water supply. Baume was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in January 1992 in recognition of service to the Australian Parliament and upgraded to Companion in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours List. He received an honorary doctorate from the Australian National University in December 2004.


Mary-Louise McLaws


Professor Mary-Louise McLaws

School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW

Mary-Louise is a renowned infection control expert. She undertook the seminal Australian survey of healthcare associated infections in 1984 and develop the first surveillance system for healthcare associated infections as a pilot in 1998-2001 for the NSW Health Department. In her capacity as World Health Organization Advisor she worked with China and Malaysia to advise on the development of their surveillance systems. In response to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak she collaborated with Beijing to review the outbreak and with the Hong Kong SARS designated hospital to review reasons for healthcare workers acquiring SARS. On behalf of the Department of Health and Ageing Mary-Louise reviewed the evidence of the Pandemic Influenza Infection Control guidelines for the protection of healthcare workers.She has assisted the European Commission Pandemic Planning. As Honorary Advisor to the Clinical Excellence Commission she has collaborated on several state-wide patient safety interventions including: improving hand hygiene in healthcare care workers, reducing central line associated bloodstream infections and detecting and treating sepsis early in patients presenting to emergency departments.  She capacity builds infection control programs and research in Cambodia, Viet Nam, Iran, Indonesia, Turkey and was epidemiology advisor for 9 years to the World Health Organization Clean Care is Safer Care challenge.  Mary-Louise has been an academic at UNSW since 1992.


In 2016, the Health Management Program will be celebrating its 60th Anniversary.

In recognition of this important milestone, a number of activities have been scheduled for the first afternoon of the APRU conference, Wednesday the 28th of September.


2.00pm Registration opens for APRU Global Health Program Workshop and Health Management @ UNSW Celebration
– Tea/Coffee on arrival
Colombo Foyer
2.30pm Acknowledgement to country by Telphia-Leanne Joseph
Colombo Theatre A
2.35pm Welcome by Professor Raina MacIntyre, Head, UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Colombo Theatre A
2.40pm Inauguration by Professor Ian Jacobs, UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor
Colombo Theatre A
2.50pm Keynote address by UNSW Emeritus Professor Peter Baume, AC
– Health systems challenges: past, present and future
Colombo Theatre A
3.20pm Plenary lecture by Professor Mary-Louise McLaws
– Infection control as a patient safety measure: its past and future
Colombo Theatre A
3.50pm Director of Health Management Programs
– Future of Health Management @ UNSW 
Colombo Theatre A
4.00pm Drinks and Canapés to celebrate 60 years of Health Management @UNSW
Colombo Foyer/ Courtyard
5.30pm Close


Melbourne Residential School 1968Staff 1960

School of Hospital Administration established in the Faculty of Commerce
Master of Hospital Administration (MHA) and Extension Course offered
New Chair of Hospital Administration created
Foundation Professor SB Hatfield appointed Head of School
1960 Advisory Panel for Hospital Administration set up by UNSW Council
1962 Appointed Acting Head of School: Alexander James Pekin, BCom MA (Hosp Admin) Iowa, FHA
1965 Appointed Professor of Health Administration and Head of School: JR Griffith, MA, BLitt., Oxon, FHA
1968 Bachelor of Health Administration (BHA) established
School transferred to Board of Vocational Studies
1969 School name changed to School of Health Administration
1970 First intake into Graduate Diploma of Health Administration
1971 First Bacholors degree conferred
1975 Master of Health Planning approved by University Council
School becomes part of Faculty of Professional Studies
Appointed Professor and Head of School: George Rupert Palmer, BSc, MEc Syd, PhD Lond, FSS, FHA, Hon FACMA
1985 Master of Nursing Administration introduced. Funding for the course was provided by the Health Commission as part of “the policy of the New South Wales Government to up-grade standards of nursing education.”
1988 Appointed Professor of Health Administration and Head of School: James Sutherland Lawson, MBBS, MMEd, MHA UNSW, FRACMA, MACD
1989 Name of school changed to School of Health Services Management
1990 External Master of Health Administration program offered in Hong Kong
1994 Appointed Head of School: Professor Ian Forbes, BArch, MSc Br Col, Dip Admin UNSW, FRAIA, MRCIA, AFA, CASF
1998 School transferred from the Faculty of Professional Studies to the Faculty of Medicine
2002 School disestablished and becomes part of the newly-formed School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Appointed Head of School: Professor Anthony Zwi, MBChB DipOccHealth DTM&H Witw, MScEpi Lond, PhD Witw, FFPHN, FAFPHM
2003 The School of Public Health and Community Medicine offer postgraduate degrees in Geriatric Medicine, Health Administration, Health Services Management, Community Health, Health Information, Health Professions Education, Public Health and eight Graduate Diplomas
2007 Appointed Head of School: Associate Professor Rosemary Knight
2008 Appointed Head of School: Professor Raina MacIntyre, MBBS (Hons 1) Syd, MAppEpid PhD ANU, FRACP, FAFPHM


Colombo BuildingColombo Building

Colombo Building



60th Anniversary of Health Management program

The Colombo House Lecture Theatres
UNSW Australia
Kensington Campus, Sydney

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Transportation to UNSW


By car from the CBD:


Head up Oxford Street, turn right onto Flinders St, then continue to Anzac Parade and then turn left into high street and continue up to UNSW.


By car from the Airport:


Proceed to O'Riordan Street, turn right onto Gardener's Road to the end, turn left at the large roundabout onto Anzac Parade and turn right to High Street.


Public Transport:

Visit Sydney Buses or call 131 500 for more information


Routes 390, 391, 392, 394, 396 - 399 and L94 (express) depart from Circular Quay, and travel along Elizabeth Street, Liverpool St, Oxford St, Flinders St and Anzac Parade to UNSW, stopping at the main entrance.

Routes 393 and 395 depart from Railway Square (Central Railway Station), travel along Eddy Avenue, Elizabeth Street, Cleveland St and Anzac Parade to UNSW, stopping at the main entrance.

Route 400 travels between Rockdale, Airport and Bondi. The University is mid-route.

Route 370 travels between Leichhardt, Glebe, Newtown and Coogee, also stopping at UNSW.

Other minor routes, including 301 - 304 and 357, also service UNSW.


Parking at UNSW:


There are two major parking stations:

  • Barker Street Car park - Entry via Gate 14, Barker Street.
  • Botany Street Car park - Enter via Gate 11, Botany Street.

Parking on campus is available at minimum charge on weekdays. Short-term metered parking is available in both parking stations and at various locations around campus. Parking is free on weekends. Half and full day "pay and display" ticket machines are available on the top 2 levels of both Barker and Botany Street parking stations. Change machines are not available.


For more information see Getting to UNSW >>