Health Science Reunion draws crowds in Western Sydney
3 November 2009
Over 1000 health professionals, local Sydneysiders and current and past staff and students joined together in celebration on Saturday 31 October for the 30th Anniversary of the University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Sciences at Cumberland Campus.
The NSW Wheelchair Sports stall was extremely popular, with kids and adults alike having the chance to play wheelchair basketball with (and against!) some of Australia's Paralympic champions. Jumping castles, face painting and show bags ensured that the many families present were kept busy all day.
The Red Cross, St. John's Ambulance and Guide Dogs Australia also had stalls and activities running, giving members of the community a chance to learn about these important organisations.
Guests were enticed to take part in various health checks run by the different disciplines such as checking their muscle strength, testing if their iPod was sending them deaf and having an ultrasound taken of their arm.
Visitors were also treated to student sporting demonstrations, and a display of indigenous dance as part of the official ceremony, hosted by the Dean, Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn. Other special guests included the Honourable John Aquilina, MP and Dr. Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney.
With the faculty being a world class research facility, the day also encompassed some of Australia's leading scientists giving an insight into their research areas as part of the Health Sciences Symposium. "Just this week, with the announcement of the national competitive research grants, this Faculty again achieved outstanding success in Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council Grants", said Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn. This was a showcase of pioneering work in the areas such as exercise, rehabilitation, health informatics, disability and sexual health.
The success and popularity of the study fair, where prospective students could receive information on courses and the life of a student at Cumberland, reaffirmed that the faculty will remain an important campus of the University of Sydney for many years to come.
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