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Office for Global Health

Working with our neighbours to improve global health outcomes
We build strong collegial national and international partnerships to help improve global health, internationalise our teaching and research and enrich the learning experiences of students through in-country placements.

About us

The Office for Global Health focuses on international research, education, capacity building and student mobility. We provide and promote strategic thinking and leadership for international collaboration and development activities.

With the support of our partners, we tackle challenging global health issues to positively impact global health and wellbeing through sustainable partnerships, shared learning, student placements and research.

Recent highlights

  • The Office of Global Health hosted a symposium on 'Combating the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistant infectious dieseases in Vietnam' in May
  • Staff from the Faculty of Medicine and Health delivered a 2-week specialised training program to general practioners and nurses in the Putuo district, Shanghai
  • PhD student Antonia Shand travelled to France on an INSERM-University of Sydney mobility grant to undertake a comparison of the modes of birth between hospitals in France and Australia

Student placements

We offer elective medical placements for external students from our partner institutions. Enrolled Sydney Medical School students looking to gain experience abroad, can apply for a medical elective placement at one of our partner institutions.

Medical students studying at our international partner institutes who would like to undertake a medical elective placement at the University of Sydney, should visit our elective placements page.

If you are a current University of Sydney medical student and would like to undertake a placement at one of our partner institutions, please email Please note that students are not permitted to contact our partner institutions without prior approval.

Country Institution
Canada McMaster University


Fudan University


Peking PUHS


Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Medicine


University of Copenhagen


Paris Descartes University


Christian Medical College, Vellore


Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences


University of Gadjah Mada


Technion – Israel Institute of Technology University


Keio University


University of Medicine, Magway


University of Medicine Mandalay


National University of Singapore


Karolinska Institute


Uppsala University


University of Chulalongkorn


Makerere University


University of Edinburgh


Weill Cornell Medical College


Georgetown University Washington DC


Hanoi Medical University


Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine (Ho Chi Minh City)


University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City


University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Hue


Livingstone Central Hospital and Mukuni Clinic

Is the Dean's Scholarship open to everyone?

It is only open to those undertaking an international elective and have not received previous funding from the faculty for travel.

Do I have to undertake the placements for eight weeks?

Due to the competitive nature of the placements, you will need to commit to eight weeks for all American and Scandinavian placements. You may choose to do four weeks for all other placements, although you are encouraged to do it for eight weeks (except for McMaster and Georgetown, which allows for only four weeks). You will, otherwise, have deprived another student who would have been willing to go for a longer period. 

If I apply for a placement and am successful, do I have to take it? I can only afford to go to that placement if I get a scholarship or loan.

Please apply for the placement you are most interested in only if you can support it with your own resources. Do not assume that you will receive a scholarship or loan to support you. We try hard to select the best student for the placement. If you apply for a placement and are successful and then pull out because you don't receive a scholarship you will have jeopardised others opportunities to undertake that placement.

If I am not selected for an OGH placement, can I organise it myself at one of the OGH partner institutions or affiliated hospitals?

This is not encouraged. We have received complaints from our partners in the past when students have tried to self-organise or contacted individual doctors at affiliated hospitals. Your actions may jeopardise good and long-standing partnerships. Please email to check if direct contact is acceptable.

Can I go over the word limit?

No, answering the criteria within the required word limit is a skill that you will increasingly be asked to demonstrate. This is good practice.

International partnerships

We foster relationships with institutions and organisations across the global to facilitate international research, education and capacity building work, and student and staff mobility. These are some examples of networks we support. 

The Sydney Global Child Health Network is a joint initiative between the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health and the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. It encourages and supports clinical outreach and capacity building in low and middle income countries.

The network also supports academic communities across these themes to encourage multidisciplinary collaboration and research that makes a difference.  

  • Nutrition (theme leaders Anne Marie Thow and Louise Baur)
  • The First 1000 days (theme leader Kirsten Black)
  • Disability and chronic disease (theme leaders Elizabeth Elliott and Nadia Badawi)
  • Infection and Immunity (theme leaders Nick Wood and Sarah Bernays)

Become a member 

Join the network by completing this SGCHN Membership Application form and hear about upcoming activities and events. 

Học Mãi is a non-profit Australia Vietnam medical foundation established to improve health outcomes through medical education and research in Vietnam. It is a foundation of the University of Sydney that brings together the collective healthcare knowledge and experience of Australia and Vietnam in an educational partnership.

Through the Học Mãi Foundation, we have led the development of student exchange and clinical placement programs and capacity building in research, health systems improvement, medical education and maternal and child health.

Our people

Danielle Somers, Director
Phone: +61 2 9351 6942
Mobile: +61 42 384 8293

Felicity Bywater, Student Liaison and Administration Officer and contact for all Office for Global Health medical student exchange placement queries
Phone: +61 2 9351 5993

Senice So, International Relations Manager
Phone: +61 2 9036 7578
Mobile: +61 409 688 128

Esmond Esguerra, International Relations Manager
Phone: +61 2 9036 7518
Mobile: +61 434 565 606

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