UWS proudly announces its new Dean of School of Medicine

Date: 10/06/2009

The University of Western Sydney is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Alison Jones as the Dean-elect of the UWS School of Medicine. She will take up the role as Dean at the end of September this year.

Professor Jones joins UWS from the University of Newcastle, Australia, where she is currently Professor of Medicine and Clinical Toxicology within the School of Medicine and Public Health. She is an internationally recognised leader and educator in clinical toxicology and an active clinician.

Professor Jones has had a distinguished medical career. Prior to her role at the University of Newcastle, she spent eight years in several leadership positions, including Director, at the National Poisons Information Service (London), and Head of Medicine at London's Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital.

As well as being an active member of two research centres at the University of Newcastle, Professor Jones has advised on issues such as poisoning and chemical incident response, chemical anti-terrorism, risk assessment and risk communication to governments and government agencies, professional bodies and industry both within Australia and the UK.

She was most recently appointed as a director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), one of Australia's premier research centres on strategic and defence policy issues.

UWS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janice Reid, extends a warm welcome to Professor Jones, saying she will make an outstanding leader of the School of Medicine.

"We are very proud to have a professor, medical educator and researcher of the calibre of Alison Jones joining our School of Medicine and the University community," says Professor Reid.

"She will continue to build on the exceptional achievements of the School of Medicine's Foundation Dean, Professor Neville Yeomans, over the last five years.

"The University looks forward to Professor Jones shaping the School of Medicine's future growth and strategic direction."

Professor Jones says she is delighted and honoured to have been chosen as the next Dean of the UWS School of Medicine.

"This Medical School was inspired by the aspirations of the people of Greater Western Sydney and serves a wonderfully diverse population," Professor Jones says.

"There are many highly talented researchers and teachers at UWS and it will be an honour to work with them to achieve even greater success and distinction in both the teaching program and research.

"I intend to work with everyone to build on the firm foundations of my exceptional predecessor, Professor Neville Yeomans, and to ensure that the UWS School of Medicine produces skilled and caring doctors with highly effective communication skills and deliver the highest possible level of patient care.

This is in keeping with the aspirations of our founders and those who continue to support us today."

The first cohort of medical students will graduate at the end of 2011.

Professor Jones says she is pleased to be joining the University of Western Sydney at such an exciting time - not only for the University, but for the higher education and health sectors generally.

"While health services in Australia are increasingly under pressure many decisions regarding medical training and standards take place at a national level, so it is very important for the profession to interact with government in such discussions and with groups involved in caring for patients and preventing ill health."

Professor Jones says one of her greatest joys continues to be her daily interactions with students, and she says she is looking forward to meeting and getting to know the University's 300-strong medical student cohort as it grows in the years to come.

"I also thank my previous colleagues at the University of Newcastle and surrounding hospitals for their friendship and support," she says.

Further details about Professor Alison Jones

* Professor Alison Jones has co-authored more than 150 academic publications, with most papers published in international journals such as 'The Lancet', 'British Medical Journal'. She has also authored two books ('Churchill's Textbook of Toxicology' and 'Antidotes') and many chapters in international textbooks of medicine and toxicology.

* Professor Jones has been appointed Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and Fellow of the Institute of Biology.

* She is a member of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) expert advisory committee on lead. She has also been extensively involved in toxicology teaching for the World Health Organisation (WHO), and was formerly Director of the WHO Clinical Toxicology collaborating centre in London.

* She is an active clinician, involved in the management of poisoned and general medical patients at the Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital.

* In conjunction with her role with WHO, Professor Jones has also undertaken work for the European Union on chemical incident monitoring and toxico-surveillance.



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