School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Professor Mohammad Yunus

Yunus Social Business Health Hub (YSBHH)

Professor Mohammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate (Peace) from Bangladesh, created the idea of ‘Social Business’ to solve the global social problems in health, education and poverty. Under the MOU, 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.

There are nearly ten YSBCs in the Americas, Asia and Europe. The UNSW Yunus Social Business Health Hub (YSBHH) is located within the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW Medicine, and will have a focus on E-health and social aspects of health in the developing world.

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Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste - Director, Dr Mahfuz Ashraf - Assistant  Director, Yunus Social Business Health Hub, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney, NSW 2052 Australia, T: +61 (2) 9385 8273, E:

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 draws on a diverse background to address socio-business problems at the intersection of Information Communication Technology (ICT) adoption and its impact on socio-economic development in resource poor settings e.g. rural/urban and indigenous communities. Mahfuz’s career spans in both professional and academic settings. Mahfuz devised marketing strategies for an Australian material handling company for identifying business opportunities of introducing telepresence robots in the Australian aged care market while working in WHO Collaborating Centre on eHealth, University of New South Wales in 2014-15.

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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?

Work Experience Program (WEP) 2016

The Work Experience Placement (WEP) is an initiative of UNSW Yunus Social Business Health Hub (YSBHH), School of Public Health and Community Medicine that aims to provide workplace opportunities to high school students to learn practical things related to Nobel Laureate in Peace, Professor Muhammad Yunus’s Social Business (a social cause driven business model where investors only withdraw their capital not the dividend/profit) concepts and principles identical to Global social, economical, health and environmental problems. Prof Muhammad Yunus is a bona fide visionary who dreams to eradicate poverty from the World by unlocking the potentiality in poor and deprived people. According to him, “Poor people are bonsai people. There is nothing wrong with their seeds. Only society never gave them a base to grow on.”

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


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Creating Chances

The Creating Chances Lifeskills program was founded in 2013 by UNSW through Football United.  In 2014, in collaboration with Creating Chances Limited (formerly known as the Rugby Youth Foundation), the Creating Chances Social Enterprise was founded through which the Creating Chances Lifeskills program has been expanded and continues to grow and develop.”

Creating Chances aims to inspire, develop and empower youth to believe in themselves so they contribute positively to society. As the first Social Enterprise in Australia that engages young people through their common passion for sport, Creating Chances makes social impacts in the areas of:

  • Social inclusion
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Health

Creating Chances provides internationally and nationally renowned best practice, evidence based programs and services in youth empowerment, leadership and mentoring. Aligned directly with the Australian National Curriculum, these programs and services are targeted at schools that have disengaged students including those with youth from refugee, indigenous Australia, migrant and low socio-economic backgrounds. The Creating Chances suite of offerings includes BOSTES accredited professional development and training workshops for teachers, community and youth worker’s workshops.


Creating Chances


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>


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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>


Prof Muhammad Yunus


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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