Sydney Nursing School making a difference
More than 250 volunteers came together this past December to help Sydney Nursing School and the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health help improve health outcomes for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
Volunteers worked in teams in the Great Hall to assemble 5,000 care packs containing basic items such as soap, toothbrushes, colouring books and pencils, which were distributed to Aboriginal children across rural Australia.
The event was opened by Professor Jill White, outgoing Dean of Sydney Nursing School, who paid tribute to the overwhelming support and willingness of volunteers to give their time, energy and capacity to the cause.
“At the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery we are ‘doers’ and we want to make a difference. Rather than holding an end-of-year party, this is our way of connecting with our alumni and friends, students, staff, and industry partners, and saying thank you,” said Prof White.
“Our faculty and our institution is all about leadership for good, and I think events like today are a perfect way to commit to this and live those values.”
The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health will distribute the kits throughout rural Australia through its Indigenous Health Network and into schools and health services. The kits aim to promote good health and to build positive experiences with health care professionals; encourage families to participate in routine health checks vaccinations with their children; and enable clinicians to start a conversation with kids about good health.
This is the fourth annual event of its kind hosted by the Sydney Nursing School. In their previous appeals, held in 2011 and 2012, volunteers assembled birthing kits for the women of Africa and Papua New Guinea. In 2013, thousands of care packs were assembled for Sydney’s homeless.
University of Sydney Nursing School
Studying nursing at the University of Sydney provides students access to teaching and research across all the health professions in an academically rigorous yet stimulating and supportive environment. Learning from world experts and studying alongside students from other health professions gives Sydney nursing students unique educational perspectives and inter-disciplinary practice experiences, appropriately preparing them for the complexities, challenges and rewards of health care.
Nursing practice clinical options
Master of Nursing students can choose one of four clinical placement options for their final year:
- Mental Health
- High Acuity
- Clinical Nursing
For these options, students will undertake 4 weeks of clinical placement in the chosen area.
Program: Master of Nursing
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March each year
Duration: 2 years
Entry Requirements: A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Nursing will hold a bachelor degree in a discipline other than nursing from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or a Diploma of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, or equivalent qualification, and relevant work experience.