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Facts & figures

Global leaders in health

  • #2 in Australia 2019 QS Subject Rankings
  • #15 in the world 2019 QS Subject Rankings
  • 98% Sydney Nursing School employment rate after graduation
  • 179 Number of placement sites across 6 countries
  • 73 Number of HDR students
  • 111 Number of teaching staff at the School (excluding casuals)
  • 46 Number of domestic and international partnerships
  • Silver Employer of Choice 2019 LGBTIQ Inclusion Awards
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The University of Sydney Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery

Excellence in nursing education and research
Sydney Nursing School is driving nursing education and research locally and globally. We are preparing our graduates for the changing needs of healthcare and the increasing demand for nurses in Australia.

About Sydney Nursing School

Our school is a vibrant, respectful environment in which staff and students engage collaboratively in quality nursing education and research that impacts on national and international policy and practice to improve the health of all people and their communities.

Sydney Nursing School produces graduates who have the critical thinking skills and nursing knowledge to provide the best care for people, wherever they are. We expect our graduates to engage with and contribute to important decisions about trends in treatment, patient care and disease prevention.

Since 2014, we have run an interprofessional initiative for final-year nursing students known as the Mass Casualty Simulation that helps prepare our graduates for high-pressure situations.

Many of our staff also work in frontline healthcare services, making a real difference to the healthcare landscape in Australia and internationally. Our students gain practical, hands-on experience in dedicated clinical simulation facilities at both the Mallett Street Campus and Westmead Campus.

A total of up to 12 Susan Wakil Scholarships are offered annually by Sydney Nursing School to support the education of deserving students who demonstrate a high level of ability and potential.

Global impact

Having led curriculum development in Singapore for the past 25 years, revolutionised maternity care in Vietnam and reimagined curricula in Tonga, our global impact is clear. Closer to home, we’re working to fight cardiovascular disease with the Charles Perkins Centre, improve cancer survival at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and develop models of care in midwifery at the Royal Hospital for Women.

A brief history of nursing and midwifery at the University of Sydney

Our people

Professor Donna Waters
Head of School and Dean

Associate Professor Heather McKenzie
Deputy Head of School

Dr Jennifer Green
Academic Lead (Education)

Christie Adamson
School Manager

Pre-registration courses

  • Toby Raeburn
    Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) Coordinator
  • Dr Narelle Story
    Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) Year 1 Advisor
  • Clare Davies
    Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) Year 2 and 3 Advisor
  • Dr Vasiliki Betihavas
    Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) Pre-registration programs Coordinator
  • Astrid Frotjold
    Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) Year 1 Advisor
  • Dr Ronald Castelino
    Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) Year 2 Advisor
  • Dr Taneal Wiseman
    Master of Nursing Combined Degree Advisor (Science/Health Sciences)
  • Moira Dunsmore
    Bachelor of Arts/Master of Nursing Combined Degree Advisor

Postgraduate courses

Clinical education

If you are looking for more information about clinical placements with us or you are a current student with questions about your placement, please contact us.  

Head of School and Dean

Donna Waters
Professor Donna Waters
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Sydney Nursing School

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Wakil donation to transform approach to health care

Largest ever gift to the University

The University of Sydney has received a $35 million gift from the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation.  In 2015 the Wakils gave an unprecedented $10.8 million to Sydney Nursing School to establish 12 annual nursing scholarships, bringing their total University giving to nearly $46 million.