Ms Trish Newstead


Associate Dean - Health & Sciences

School /
Work Unit

School of Voc Eng, Health & Sciences

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 4686


Building: 051
Level: 08
Room: 001

City campus


Science, Engineering and Health

Summary of responsibilities

Program Manager for Biosciences, responsible for the following Programs:

  • Certificate II in Conservation & Land Management (Koori)
  • Certificate III in Science (Bridging)
  • Diploma of Food Science & Technology
  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology Biotechnology & Pathology testing streams
  • Diploma of Conservation & Land management
  • Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology Industry
  • Graduate Certificate in Laboratory Health, Safety & Environmental Management

  • Deputy Chair SET Portfolio Students’ Committee
  • Member of RMIT Indigenous Education Network
  • Member of RMIT Animal Ethics Committee


Grad Dip Industrial Education & Training, RMIT University, 2003

M.App Sci (Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology), RMIT University, 2001

Grad. Cert (Adult Teaching & Learning), Monash University, 1997

Registered Medical Laboratory Scientist, Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine, UK, 1990

B.Sc, University of Melbourne, 1975

Industry / profession / community involvement

  • Member of the Australian Society for Microbiology
  • Member of Ausbiotech
  • Member of BioMelbourne Network
  • Member of TAFE Science Teachers’ Network


  • University Certificate of Achievement 2002 RMIT Teaching Award, Student Centred Teaching
  • Faculty of Life Sciences Teaching Quality Award 2002 in Category of Student Centred Teaching

In supporting the above award, the Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences noted:

“The Biosciences Team comprising Cheryl Underwood, Namrita Kaul, Patricia Newstead, Gwen Mac Donald and Dinah Van Ruyven has worked over a number of year to develop an excellent student centred program that provides a challenging and exciting learning environment that is carefully designed to meet the needs of a diverse student group. The team has used innovative strategies in both teaching and assessment to help students develop the competence and confidence to meet their learning and vocational goals. Graduates are very well prepared for work and many choose to continue with further study. The team has demonstrated a scholarly and reflective approach to their work and a commitment to quality improvement by regularly seeking and using student and employer feedback to develop and enhance their teaching and their students' learning.”