Our recent achievements

At the Faculty of Health Sciences our staff, students and alumni are continually making news on a number of fronts. Below is a retrospective of some of our activities this year.

September 2012
Sydney Ideas lecture: Hon Susan Ryan AO

On 12 September the faculty's Ageing, Work and Health Research Unit co-host a Sydney Ideas lecture with the Hon Susan Ryan AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner with the Australian Human Rights Commission. Titled 'The Challenges of an extra lifetime in the 21st Century: How do we prepare for living into our nineties,' the lecture addressed the challenges of population ageing. More

August 2012
Our students and alumni at the London Olympics

Health Sciences' students and alumni are selected to represent Australia in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Diagnostic radiography undergraduate Nicola Zagame scored one of the goals that saw the women's water polo team defeat Hungary and come home with bronze, while physiotherapy alumna Brooke Pratley took out silver in the rowing women's double sculls. More

July 2012
Appointment to WHO Expert Group

Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn, Director of the Centre for Disability Research and Policy is appointed as an expert member of the World Health Organization Group for the development of the WHO Health-related Rehabilitation Guidelines. Anticipated to be released in 2014, the guidelines are intended to support the implementation of the rehabilitation aspects of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. More

May 2012
Official opening of VERT suite

The Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) Suite is officially opened at the Cumberland Campus on Tuesday 22 May. Funded by the Australian Government, the VERT is a 3D virtual reality learning suite which provides students with life-like experience of radiation therapy clinical scenarios. More
Image courtesy of Vertual Ltd

April 2012
International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics Congress

Almost 300 participants from over 20 countries attend the iFAB Congress hosted by the Faculty of Health Sciences from 11–13 April. The program covered both basic and clinical aspects of foot and ankle biomechanics from the perspectives of podiatrists, physiotherapists, orthopaedic surgeons, biomedical engineers, athletic trainers, biomechanists and other allied health professionals.

March 2012
NDIS Community Forum

Close to 100 local residents attend a community forum on the National Disability Insurance Scheme at the University of Sydney on 28 March. Hosted by the federal Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek and the Every Australian Counts Campaign, the forum included a panel of our experts who spoke on the importance of the proposed scheme. More

February 2012
Get Healthy @ Sydney

While many people associate student life with parties and junk food, at this year's O week students were given the chance to find a healthy alternative. The Faculty of Health Sciences 'Get Healthy @ Sydney' stall provided new students with incentives to develop healthy habits including free pedometers, fresh fruit (provided by Harris Farm Markets) or a healthy recipe book, as well as a variety of information on health and nutrition. More

December 2011
Symposium on the World Report on Disability

On 5 and 6 December the University, in co-sponsorship with the World Health Organization, hosted a symposium on 'The World Report on Disability: Implications for Asia and the Pacific.' The aim was to provide a forum for free, open and vigorous discuss of the report's implications for research into policy and practice. More