Our community starts right at Mallett Street Campus and reaches beyond Australia. Your tips at the Mallett Street cafe, on the ground floor of Sydney Nursing School's Mallett Street Campus, raised around $400 in 2010 and again in 2011. Through Oxfam we used this money to get the children and women in a Cambodian village vaccinated against common infectious diseases (2010) and to provide fishing ponds and clean water for a school in Laos (2011). It's good to know that any time you give a tip at the Mallett Street cafe, it's going to a fantastic cause. Congratulations to both Marianne who runs the cafe and organiser Professor Trudy Rudge (pictured) for a superb effort.
Along with the University, we are committed to the communities to which we belong internationally, nationally and locally. For example, we participate in the University’s Compass program which is an initiative designed to encourage children from low socio-economic backgrounds to aspire to higher education from as early as primary school. And academic staff run a nurse-led clinic at the Exodus Foundation.
Sydney Nursing School has a close community partnership with nurse led charity Roam Communities who regularly facilitate community mental health students at their mental health recovery centre in Camden, south west Sydney. This work has provided invaluable learning experiences over many years, inspiring our students to think seriously about pursuing a career in mental health nursing. As one of our students said, "ROAM Communities has shed a positive light on working with mental health in the community. It has definitely made me think I would like to pursue a career in mental health nursing in the future."