September 2018

U21 Health Sciences Update
September 2018

Welcome to our September issue. With our Annual Meeting taking place in Melbourne in just under a week, this issue includes some final details for those attending. We also have details of our successful U21 HSG funded projects for 2018, as well as news from the wider U21 network. 

U21 HSG Annual Meeting 2018 
University of Melbourne

Building Healthy Communities

Registration has now closed for the U21 Health Sciences Group Annual Meeting hosted by the University of Melbourne taking place on Monday 10-14 September 2018. 

The theme of this year’s meeting is ‘Building Healthy Communities’ and will focus on the key areas of Student Mental Health and Gender Based Violence, with a global indigenous Health and Minority group focus interwoven throughout the week.

Please click here to download the final conference programme. 

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If you have any questions ahead of the event, please don't hesitate to contact us via and we will come back to you ASAP.
We are looking forward to welcoming those that are attending the conference next week in Melbourne for what will be a fantastic event! 

U21 Health Sciences Annual Meeting

Student Mental Health theme

The mental health and student wellbeing program components of the U21 HSG meeting brings together a number of highly regarded presenters and panelists from across the network. During the Wednesday and Friday morning sessions, a number of aspects related to this theme will be discussed including:

  • The prevalence of mental health issues in universities

  • The impact on students, staff and the broader community

  • Considerations of student wellbeing within university policies, course design and professional accreditation

  • Examples of good practice and/or evidence for effective mental health interventions in university settings.

PLEASE NOTE: In the lead up to the meeting, the program organisers encourage attendees to consider the response to student mental health and wellbeing within their own universities, both across the institution and within individual health science faculties, and contribute their observations and/or questions during the panel sessions each day.

We look forward to welcoming you to the sessions!

Vivienne Browne
Student Mental Health Lead,
U21 HS Annual Meeting 2018

U21 Health Sciences Group Welcomes McMaster University 

U21 HSG is delighted to welcome McMaster University into our growing network that now includes 18 institutions from around the world. We are very pleased to be welcoming delegates, including Dr Paul O'Byrne, to this year's Annual Meeting in Melbourne next week and working with colleagues from McMaster on future projects and activities.

2018 U21 HSG Project funding approved

We are pleased to announce that two projects were recently awarded funding by the U21 Health Sciences Executive Committee.

The first project is to continue the previously funded Gender Based Violence project through expanding the global reach and relevance of a U21 inter-professional online learning resource for Gender Based Violence U21 partner institutions. Led by Dr Caroline Bradbury-Jones (UoB), this collaboration is between five universities in four countries (Australia, Chile, England and South Africa) and covering four U21 regions. The project arises directly from the U21 funded study ‘Developing an inter-professional U21 curriculum for Gender Based Violence as an interactive learning resource’ that concludes in 2018.

The second project is to produce a short promotional video of U21 HSG activities specifically aimed at staff in member institutions. This project is led by Sibusiso Mdletshe (Johannesburg) on behalf of the U21 International Development Group (IDG) and follows a promotional video produced last year aimed at students. The HSG has several activities that are undertaken annually. Some of these activities involve collaborations between various institutions. The video will aim to showcase some of these activities and how the staff can benefit from being part of the Health Sciences group.

Calls for proposals for 2019 projects will be launched in January.

News from U21

U21 Awards for Internationalisation
It’s the time of year when we ask U21 members to nominate colleagues for a U21 Award in Internationalisation. Nominees will have made an important contribution to the internationalisation of higher education in their institution. Every year we learn about exceptional individuals who, in a variety of ways, have made a real impact on the global identity of their university. Don’t let your colleagues’ achievements go unnoticed - nominations can be made here.
U21 Welcomes The University of California, Davis
Universitas 21 is delighted to welcome the University of California, Davis, to its leading global network of research-intensive universities.  UC Davis becomes the twenty-seventh member of the network and the third member from the United States. Read more here.
You can read more U21 news and updates on the U21 website.


10th Sept 2018            Doctoral Student Forum, University of Melbourne
10-14 Sept 2018          
U21 HS Annual Meeting, University of Melbourne


26th Sept 2018               SDG Student Committee
18th Oct 2018                 Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Discipline       
                                        Group Meeting
22nd Oct 2018                Public Health Discipline Group Meeting
30th Oct 2018                 Medicine Discipline Group Meeting
28th Nov 2018                SDG Initiative Group