School of Public Health and Community Medicine


SPHCM is prominent in the media, advocacy and policy debate on important public health issues. Our academics regularly feature in topical forums such as The Conversation, and are involved in advocacy work around Indigenous health, infectious diseases, asylum seeker health, climate change, coal seam gas, tobacco and alcohol, mental health and many other areas. SPHCM also provides a platform for mobilisation and public health advocacy and action for our students around topical and urgent issues such as the 2014 Ebola epidemic and the 2015 Nepal earthquake. This and other events are provided on video via our website to ensure accessibility and ongoing impact. SPHCM holds regular public events of importance for advocacy, engagement and debate. The advocacy and social engagement we are known for is reflected in our teaching. We believe that public health should be meaningful and have an impact, which is why we place high value on advocacy and action at SPHCM.

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Nepal Earthquake Relief – Day of action and fundraising campaign

Deliver hope to Nepal. Join us in a day of fundraising for our friends in Nepal.  Activities will include: Photo exhibition, Cultural performances, Barbeque and Bake Sale. More than 8,500 people have been killed and many more injured by the two major earthquakes and subsequent tremors in Nepal. Homes, buildings, roads and other important infrastructure have been destroyed leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless, including many of the country’s 37,000 refugees. U.N. officials have reported that millions of people remain in need of basic humanitarian assistance while the monsoon threatens to overwhelm the currently fragile transportation system and undermine ongoing aid efforts.

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UNSW Alliance Against Ebola

Hear Alliance Against Ebola members speak out about the impact of Ebola on their countries. During the 2014 Ebola epidemic the SPHCM provided support and a focal point for our West African students, who mobilised with the wider student body and staff to create the UNSW Alliance Against Ebola. This group gained media attention for the cause, held a day of Ebola Action, and raised thousands of dollars for Médecins Sans Frontières. Students from other leading universities in the state attended our UNSW event, which was launched by UNSW Vice President, Jennie Lang.

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Public Health, Human Rights and Asylum Seeker Detention Symposium

In 2014 the SPHCM held a national forum on Public Health, Human Rights and Asylum Seeker Detention, opened by Human Rights Commissioner Professor Gillian Triggs, and featuring experts in medicine, law and human rights. This attracted major national attention and was co-sponsored by the Public Health Association of Australia.

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