School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Professor Mohammad Yunus

Yunus Social Business Health Hub (YSBHH)

The SPHCM Yunus Social Business Health Hub(YSBHH) is one of 25 collaborating centres across the world, working with the Yunus Social Business Foundation to improve health outcomes for communities in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of both social business and microcredit and the founder of Grameen Bank. UNSW’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine will collaborate with the Yunus Centre, established by the Nobel laureate, to improve health outcomes for poor communities in Australia, Asia and the Pacific.

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Aim and Vision

The UNSW Yunus Social Business Health Hub’s (YSBHH) aim is to contribute to improving social and health outcomes for poor communities in Australia, Asia and the Pacific through social business in health teaching, research, and applied action. At the YSBHH, we consider social business as a public health and social change approach, where investment in research, teaching and social engagement foster better social and health outcomes and social change. This flagship Hub is aligned with the UNSW 2025 Strategic Plan and operates at the nexus of academic excellence (research, teaching and learning), social engagement and global impact.

Focus areas

  • sport for social change and peace-building;
  • youth empowerment through social business workshops and events
  • Technology including e-health and engagement with the built environment

Academic Staff

Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste
Senior Lecturer and Convener of Health Promotion in School of Public Health and Community Medicine UNSW

Anne has over 25 years of international practice, policy and advocacy work with focus on health and development, practice-based research, Through the course of her career, she has focused on community development, HIV prevention, substance abuse prevention, health and peace-building, community participation in health, participatory applied research in innovative social intervention approaches for working with disadvantaged groups. Anne has a keen interest in positive social change and working with disadvantaged youth. She applied her skills to meet these passions in Football United, which she founded as a result of her PhD study, and has fostered ever since. The Football United program promotes social inclusion and human rights for disadvantaged youth and their families using soccer/football as the vehicle. Begun with one program in 2006, the program now reaches 22 sites in three states of Australia, and a new program in Myanmar. Under Anne’s Leadership, Football United has won numerous awards including the 2012 Australian Parliamentary Community Sports Award, the inaugural New South Wales Building Inclusive Communities Award in 2011, and the 2010 Australian National Human Rights award for the television documentary “Football United, Passport for Hope”. In October 2012 the program launched “Playing for Change” ground breaking international research on the impact of a football for social change program, object of an ARC grant awarded in 2008. In November 2014 the Football United program joined forces with another NGO in the area of Sport for Social Change, the Rugby Youth Foundation, to create a social enterprise, Creating Chances. Anne was named NSW State Finalist, for the 2016 Australian of the Year.

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Dr Mahfuz Ashraf
Lecturer in School of Public Health and Community Medicine UNSW

Mahfuz Ashraf convenes a ‘social business’ course and supervises research/projects related to innovation and entrepreneurship for social impact in resource-poor settings. He brings global social business academic and professional networking with the collaboration of Noble Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus which resulted an establishment of social business center in UNSW Sydney (2015) and University of South Australia (2018).  He is a mentor and coach for start-up companies and supports student led ‘idea competition’ for social impact. His mentorship enabled a start-up (Water Democracy, Australia) winning Young Social Pioneers FYA program award in 2017 for piloting a renewable energy project in Australia and Bangladesh.  Mahfuz is a Lecturer at  School of Public Health and Community Medicine, executive member of WHO Collaborative Centre on eHealth and Assistant Director of UNSW Yunus Social Business Health Hub. He is the Associate Editor; Australia and New Zealand Journal of Social Business, Environment and Sustainability; ISSN:2206-4346.

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Dr Bayzidur Rahman
Senior Lecturer in School of Public Health and Community Medicine UNSW

Bayzid trained and worked as an environmental scientist in Bangladesh before commencing his PhD in epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Sydney on environmental exposures and the risk of cancer. While undertaking his PhD, Bayzid worked as a consultant biostatistician for several research institutes including St Vincent’s Hospital, the Australian and New Zealand Society for Nephrology and for the Department of Gynaecologic Oncology, Prince of Wales Royal Hospital for women. He commenced his position as a lecturer in statistics at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW in January 2010 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2014. Since 2010, he has been teaching the Statistics part of the “Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health” and the Advanced Biostatistics and Statistical Computing course since its inception in 2011. His research interests include multivariable methods, systematic review and meta-analysis, exposure modelling and the epidemiology of cancer and environmental factors, advanced analysis of count data and analysis of data from clustered randomised trials. He is involved as associate investigator in several research projects in Australia, China and Bangladesh including the Skin Health Study, cohort study on arsenic exposure and chronic diseases, neglected tropical diseases and cross-sectional study on smokeless tobacco use, cluster RCT on climate change adaptation in Bangladesh. He is doing collaborative research with other institutions including the Cancer Council NSW, The University of Newcastle, United Arab Emirates University and the University of Chicago. He has supervising and co-supervising several PhD and Masters students at UNSW and other universities in Australia. He has previously taught at the University of Sydney for three years and as a guest lecturer at the University of Newcastle and ran short courses on biostatistics in BRAC Bangladesh, UChicago Research Bangladesh and in the International Diarrhoeal Disease Research Bangladesh (icddr,b).
Bayzid is a member of the UNSW Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

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Prof Teng Liaw
Professor of General Practice UNSW

Teng Liaw is Professor of General Practice (UNSW) and Director of the Academic General Practice Unit in Fairfield, where he cares for patients and teaches registrars and health professional students and supervises Masters and PhD students from Information, Computer and Health Sciences conducting translational, informatics and data analytics research. Professor Teng is Co-Director of the UNSW WHO Collaborating Centre on E-Health which is hosted by the SPHCM. This is the avenue for his global eHealth research and capacity building in the Asia Pacific.  His work in integrating social business practice and principles with health and eHealth is the focus of his work with the Yunus Social Business Health Hub.

He is a recognised general practice and eHealth practitioner, educator and researcher as indicated by his election to Fellowship of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) and Foundation Fellowship of the Australasian College of Health Informatics; peer-reviewed publications and invited conference presentations, consultancies, professional committees; editorial boards; and peer-review panels for competitive grants and scientific conferences.

He has an excellent track record in winning competitive funding for his research in EHR-based data analytics and eHealth and clinical research. Professor Liaw’s international collaborative research examines EHR data for their fitness for patient care, quality improvement and research; and quality of software applications to collect, aggregate, link, analyse and display data. He has made sustained contributions to primary and integrated care and informatics research with a focus on cross-cultural health and disadvantaged populations. He has published 120+ peer-reviewed publications and 17 book chapters in the past 5 years.

He is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Medical Informatics and a Deputy Editor for Journal of Innovations in Health Informatics in Primary Care. He chairs the RACGP National Research & Evaluation Ethics Committee and sits on the RACGP Research Committee. He has enduring relationships with Commonwealth and state departments, RACGP, Primary Health Networks, Aboriginal Health organisations, and international networks in eHealth and integrated care research area.

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Professor Richard Taylor
Professor of International and Public Health, School of Public Health and Community Medicine UNSW

Richard Taylor (co-director of YSBHH), a prominent Epidemiologist working at UNSW as Professor of International and Public Health. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney (USyd), and studied Tropical Medicine at the London School. He was Epidemiologist at the South Pacific Commission in Noumea (New Caledonia) and has worked at Monash University (Melbourne), School of Public Health (SPH) at USyd, SPH University of Queensland (UQ). His research and service activities have resulted in 520 publications, including 259 refereed articles (H index 34). His research focuses on the epidemiological transition and non-communicable disease epidemiology and control in the international context, including cardiovascular disease and cancer control in developed and developing countries.

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Social business concepts and practices in healthcare service delivery in Australia

In Australia, particularly in the context of government policy and programs (e.g. tax system and business laws with a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, new Entrepreneur visa from Nov, 2016 and 6.4% estimated growth of community-based care business), Social Business-the part of the third sector engaged in business- can act as potential ‘business’ model of healthcare service delivery at community level. In the social business model, the business runs as a non-dividend business that is created with an objective to address and solve a social problem by applying business principles (Villis et al., 2013). The three main features distinguish this model - it endeavours to eliminate social problems and poverty; it must be operated in a sustainable manner; and all profits – when they are made – are to be reinvested into the business instead of being distributed among its shareholders (Yunus et al., 2015:46). This research aims to document good practices in the operation and management of socially responsible community-led organisations serving in the disadvantageous communities of Australia.


Understanding small-entrepreneurs for community’s well-being: social business perspective

The objective of this study is to understand the unique social business model of small scale entrepreneurs and analyze its growth rates towards community’s well-being. Social business research has matured rapidly in recent times and anecdotal reports of spectacular success stories have appeared in the popular press. There is also a growing urgency to articulate ‘How to make social business for small-entrepreneurs work for community’s well-being of your country?’, ‘What are the differentiating factors of social business operational model.’ Our current research suggests that social business through small-entrepreneurs can unlock the potential of dramatic growth and employment in any society; consequently, achieve well-being of the community.


Social business involvement by company that is counterproductive to health and wellbeing

Discuss in relation to business ideas e.g. Danon Yogurt usually has high sugar content. Worldwide, Diabetes mellitus has been found to be the leading cause of death and disability (Lozano et al., 2012; Murray et al., 2012) and sugar, processed food all has been implicated in increased risk of diabetes mellitus (Gross et al., 2004). Another example, in India hand rolled tobacco or ‘bidi’ is considered to be a cottage industry which employs a lot of women and local products (kendu leaf, locally grown tobacco) are used. However, the occupational health hazards of the bidi workers have been well documented (Khanna et al., 2014) and long term and permanent health challenges that tobacco evokes all points towards serious health hazards. Given these facts, how social business can approve a business proposal making yogurt rich in processed sugar or a small-business making ‘bidi’? Can the long-term health impacts be ignored for short-term gains? Is there a greater need of more rigorous process of evaluation before a business proposal be approved and invested on?

Creating ChancesSport for social change and peace-building

Sport for social change (S4SC) involves purposefully designing social change, development programs that  harness the positive power of sport specifically  to address the sustainable development goals. This is made possible by going beyond community-based sports programs and integrating the social business sector to ensure sustainability and change.

(a) Football United S4SCP Program

The YSBHH is directly engaged with the SPHCM’s Football United S4SCP program, which operates in Australia and Myanmar. YSBHH Director Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste also leads an international  study on sustainable funding mechanisms in S4SC with the internationally renowned Streetfootballworld network and research.

(b) Creating Chances

Additionally, the UNSW YSBHH engages in teaching research and applied practice in S4SCP through the Creating Chances Social Enterprise. Creating Chances Social Enterprise was founded which enabled the program to be expanded and develop through a self-funding social enterprise approach. Creating Chances aims to inspire, develop and empower youth to believe in themselves so they contribute positively to society.

Football United @ SPHCM, UNSW

An initiative born in 2006 from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW Sydney, Football United creates chances for youth from disadvantaged communities. Brought together through the magic of football, Football United programs engage and inspire them through life skills and leadership education along with the delivery of free, easily accessible and regular football for children in their communities. Sport has been increasingly recognised and used as a low-cost and high-impact tool in humanitarian, development and peace-building efforts. Sport has a unique power to attract, mobilize and inspire. By its very nature, sport is about participation. It is about inclusion and citizenship. It stands for human values such as respect for the opponent, acceptance of binding rules, teamwork and fairness. <See more about Football United>

Football United and the Yunus Social Business Health Hub are both initiatives of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine and reflect the application of the UNSW 2025 Strategy across all three major thematic areas. Both initiatives have the potential to maximise applications of the strategy, locally in Australia as well as internationally. This short note situates their work within the UNSW 2025 strategies, and shows synergies between them. <See more about Football United's links to the UNSW 2025 Strategy}


Work experience program 2016Youth empowerment through social business workshops and events

Since 2015, the YSBHH has delivered an annual Work Experience Program (WEP) in Social Business to high school students from the Greater Sydney area. This highly popular program is designed to engage students who are interested in entrepreneurial social development, alleviation of poverty and equity in health care, and wish to understand how public health and social equity are applied to make a difference. Students receive intensive training and had one week to work together in a group, with assigned mentors from various UNSW Faculty and the Grameen Australia, and come up with innovative social business ideas.

Yunus Festival of Ideas - NSW high school students successfully completed the Yunus Work Experience Program in 2016.  See 'Big Ideas' Booklet. 


eHeath WHO CC CentreTechnology including e-health and engagement with the built environment

This project explores citizen and community engagement through the lens of social business and eHealth in the context of achieving the WHO SDGs. Clinical and population health processes, impacts and outcomes will be measured and monitored within the constructs of the WHO Integrated Patient-Centred Health System (IPCHS) Framework and eHealth Strategy. The UNSW WHO Collaborating Centre (eHealth) and Yunus Social Business Health Hub are vehicles for global health, social business, cross-cultural and equity programs. A global network of eHealth and social business centres of excellence will be engaged to conduct this project using social business and eHealth tools and methods. See WHO Collaborating Centre for eHealth.



Crowdfunding campaign to hatch a better future in Cambodia is live!!

Grameen Australia tackles poverty and unemployment by setting up Social Businesses that use entrepreneurship for good.  Part of the global Grameen and Yunus family of social businesses, they are setting up Cambodia’s only social business chicken farm. In order to eradicate poverity local dumpsite scavengers are recruited and trained in commercial chicken rearing. Help is needed to secure land that will support people in building their own futures through economic inclusion.  Click HERE now to DONATE and learn more about how, with your help, we will drive structural change in Cambodia to secure nutrition and rural incomes. <See flyer for details>

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Yunus work experience placement for high school students

Work experience placements are available at UNSW for high school students who wish to understand how public health and social equity are applied to make a difference. This placement would suit students interested in social development, alleviation of poverty and equity in health care. The placement will be at The YSBHH, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney campus.  <See flyer for details> and <Download application form>


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Want to learn 'Social Business' for you, others and the society?

Nobel Laureate (Peace) Professor Mohammad Yunus created the idea of ‘Social Business’ to solve the global social problems in health, education and poverty. The emerging field of social business is growing and we are bringing knowledge and learning from  a large Global network of more than 12 different universities all over the World. As a part of this, we offer education, training and work support (intern) at University of New South Wales (UNSW). <See details and watch video>


Prof Mohammad Yunus


Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus energises UNSW for change

The father of social business and microcredit, Professor Muhammad Yunus, has given an empowering talk at UNSW, challenging his audience to harness the energy and the imagination of youth. In his empowering public lecture, Professor Yunus said the key to sustainable global development was harnessing the energy and the imagination of youth.  <See News Item & Listen to Lecture>


Professor Yunus


Anne Bunde-Birouste speaks about social change

Dr Anne Bunde-Birouse speaks to Tracey Holmes about social change on ABC News Q&A Extra.  <Listen to talk>


Anne Bunde-Birouste Q&A ABC News


High school students complete the 2016 Yunus work experience program

As many high school students have a keen sense of social responsibility and want to change the world for a better place, the aim of WEP is to provide workplace opportunities to NSW high school students to learn practical things and introduce them to Noble Laureate Professor Yunus's social business concepts and principles which have the potential to alleviate global, social, economic, health and environmental problems  <See 'Big Ideas' Booklet>


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Yunus Festival of Young Ideas 2015

The YSBHH successfully ran the “Yunus Festival of Young Ideas” which was a Work Experience Placement program. Students received intensive training and came up with innovative social business ideas. <See Booklet>


Yunus Festival of Young Ideas Booklet 2015


Watch videos on inauguration and panel discussion

Watch presentations on the inauguration of the Yunus Social Business Health Hub held at UNSW Australia on 20 March, 2015 and hear address from  Professor Muhammad Yunus. The launch was followed by a panel discussion on Social business, mHealth and health.  <Watch videos>


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Inauguration of Yunus Social Business Health Hub (YSBHH)

Transforming poor and marginalized communities through research into social business and health is the aim of a new agreement between UNSW and Nobel peace laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. <See more>


Yunus Inauguration UNSW News


Nobel Laureate urges young Australians to use creativity to solve world’s pressing social problems

Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has launched the UNSW Yunus Social Business Health Hub (YSBHH) in a video address and urged young Australians to use their creativity to solve the world’s most pressing social problems.  <Read News Item>


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GENM0709The Power of Sport: An Introduction to Sport for Social Change (GENM0709)

This course introduces students to the exciting new and emerging field of sport for development and social change (S4D/SC), where the power of sport goes well beyond the traditional playing fields to address health and social challenges. <View website>



GENM0520Social Business for Public Health(GENM0520)

This course enables students to develop the skills and perspective to identify and understand a social problem, to generate creative ideas to build a realistic social business plan. The focus in the class shifts from the theoretical understanding of social business to the practical approach of planning, organising, leading and monitoring a social business. <View website>