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Community engagement

Our contributions to the community
Explore our range of programs supporting local communities. With a focus on providing healthcare and improving health outcomes, we are committed to supporting initiatives globally and locally.

Our programs

We understand the value of building strong partnerships with the communities that surround us. We are dedicated to sharing our expertise and providing service through our programs.

Since 2011, Sydney Nursing School staff, students, alumni and friends have joined together each year to assemble health kits to address basic health needs. We have assembled care packages with the aim to:

  • support those affected by family violence
  • improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • provide people who are homeless with items for basic health, hygiene and comfort
  • provide birthing kits to women in Papua New Guinea and Africa.

FitAbility provides physical activity and exercise programs for people with spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury and other disabilities. The purpose-built clinic contains specialised equipment and is extremely accessible for clients with disabilities. For more information about FitAbility contact the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Our Bachelor of Oral Health students provide dental assistance to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness at the Sydney Homeless Connect event each year. Students dispense vital oral hygiene information and patients are assessed by Sydney Dental School Alumni, who attend with a team in their mobile dental clinic. 

Through a partnership arrangement which embeds community-based service delivery into teaching and research, the Faculty of Health Sciences hosts the Sydney Spinal Cord Injuries Australia Locomotor Training.

The program provides a vital exercise rehabilitation service for the community and an avenue for transformative research in this area.

Staff and students at the Sydney Dental School are addressing the inequity of access to services in rural areas and providing a range of valuable clinical experience for students. Learn more at the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.

Safe Children Vietnam is a clinical training and capacity building project funded by the UBS Optimus Foundation. The project aims to implement and test the effectiveness of child abuse and neglect training for staff at Children’s Hospital 2, Ho Chi Minh City.

The project, led by Associate Professor Jennifer Fraser, engages doctors and nurses in interdisciplinary learning and collaborative decision-making for recognising and managing abusive head trauma and other child injury presentations.

Sun Smiles is an oral health promotion and caries prevention program that our Bachelor of Oral Health students volunteer in. They provide free dental screening and fluoride varnish application to primary school students. The program gives students an opportunity to engage with the community, provide preventive care and increasing oral health awareness.

The Sydney Nursing School has a long-standing relationship with Tonga. Thanks to a generous donation from Lenity Australia, eight nurses from Tonga will undertake further education in the Advanced Learning Masters program.

19 students have been selected under the Australian New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program to undertake part of their study in community health in Tonga.

Learn more about our long history with the Kingdom of Tonga, including the ongoing Advanced Nursing Diploma program that addresses non-communicable diseases at a community level in Tonga.

The Sydney Nursing School is involved with the Widening Participation and Outreach program that seeks to address the under-representation of students from low socio-economic backgrounds, rural communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu strategy outlines our commitment to creating higher education and leadership opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We are involved in the summer and winter programs that give high school students the opportunity to visit the University to learn more about their career and study options in medicine and health.

Our partners

Through the Office for Global Health and the Học Mãi Foundation, many of our students have the opportunity to improve health outcomes through education internationally.