Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

The University of Wollongong is committed to working towards the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its governance, teaching and learning, community engagement, partnerships and research. The following initiatives are by UOW staff and students working towards SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing.

Molecular Horizons

Molecular Horizons is dedicated to illuminating how life works at a molecular level and solving some of the biggest health challenges facing the world.


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Antimicrobial resistance

Researchers at UOW are tackling the challenge of antimicrobial resistance, by developing and testing interventions to stop, or at the very least slow down, rates of resistance.  Wollongong Antimicrobial Resistance Research Alliance (WARRA) is a collaboration between UOW and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, NSW Health Pathology, Southern IML Pathology, Centre for Health Research Illawarra Shoalhaven Population and other universities. The team is building a large longitudinal study across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven region which looks at all of the factors (food, animals, waste, genetics, microbiome etc.) that drive antimicrobial resistance and test interventions.

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Mental health support

UOW has a number of support services available to staff and students, including UOW’s Employee Assistance Program, LifeWorks which provides 24/7 confidential counselling as well as mental health awareness and intervention training and counselling and wellbeing support for students. UOW’s Unilife provides mindful meditation and ‘bend and snack’ sessions where UOW students are given free access to guided meditation sessions.


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Sexual health and the HARP unit

The Sexual Health and the HIV and Related Programs (HARP) Unit is a collaboration between UOW and Healthy Cities Illawarra. The sexual health and HIV prevention program is committed to creating a safe and respectful environment for all members of our community.


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Living well, longer

The UOW Global Challenges Program’s Living Well, Longer challenge area is improving the lives of older Australians and people with lived experience of mental illness. The challenge connects experts from a range of fields and disciplines to understand and address ageing and dementia, mental health and therapeutic and personal recovery. The following are some of the projects to improve the health and wellbeing: Recovery Camp, Ahead of the Game, Connections for Life with Dementia, Combating Neurodegenerative Disease, Anxiety in aged care, Driving Change, Dementia Friendly Communities and Mind the Age Gap.

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Connections for Life with Dementia

Connections for Life with Dementia is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research project bringing together expertise from UOW with community and industry partners, including people living with dementia and their care partners. The purpose of this research is to understand, support, and enhance social connections and quality of life for people with dementia in various care and community settings. 


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Recovery Camp

The research program combines professional experience placement for health students, with a recovery-oriented experience for those living with a mental illness. Recovery Camp has provided over 65,000 hours of clinical placement to over 800 health students.

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Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute

The Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) is a partnership between  UOW and the Illawarra-Shoalhaven  Local Health District. IHMRI provides our affiliated researchers with a range of services to help them find new insights into disease and illness, devise prevention strategies, and develop more effective treatments and health care services.

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Intelligent Polymer Research Institute

Internationally recognised as a leader in electromaterials research, the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) draws together researchers and external experts from a range of disciplines, including biologists, clinicians, chemists, physicists and engineers. IPRI’s competencies lie in the design and synthesis of intelligent materials and is renowned for expertise in the group of multifunctional, stimuli-responsive materials  – organic conducting polymers and carbons; used in diverse applications of energy and health.

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Australian Health Services Research Institute

The Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) is an internationally-renowned research institute that generates robust evidence through rigorous research and evaluation that informs and supports better management of health and community services across Australia. AHSRI’s innovative work facilitates greater equity in resource distribution, fairer access to services, improved continuity within and across health and community care sectors, and evidence-based decision making.

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Reducing hypertension in sub-Saharan Africa through salt reduction policies

The World Health Organization recommends 30% reduction in salt intake by 2030 to combat high blood pressure. In 2016, the South African government mandated maximum levels of salt allowed in processed foods. UOW researchers and collaborators led the first evaluation of the effectiveness of this policy supported by Bloomberg Philanthropy Foundation. This research is a world first natural experiment that will guide salt reduction policy in other countries and advance global strategies to reduce population level blood pressure through food policy initiatives. The research team has published 13 peer-reviewed articles and data has been disseminated through three high level stakeholder meetings in South Africa and Ghana, thus ensuring rapid uptake of research findings. Ongoing work is developing a framework for monitoring salt in the food supply in South Africa to ensure compliance by the food industry. 

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Aged Dementia Health Education & Research

Aged Dementia Health Education & Research (ADHERe) undertakes interdisciplinary research generating evidence in gerontological studies. ADHERe’s purpose is to transform the lives of older people and family carers using our evidence-based resources. UOW collaborates with Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District to support better health services, leading to a healthier community.

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Stronger Culture Koori Kids

A unique after-school program that encourages Aboriginal children to connect with their culture and focuses on using culturally relevant activities chosen by the local Aboriginal community to promote healthy lifestyles and educational outcomes.

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Ahead of the Game

Led by Dr Stewart Vella, this research team was awarded $2million from Movember Foundation to develop a sport-based mental health program for young men. This partnership has seen the program confirmed as the official program of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 and has reached over 50,000 adolescent men, globally.

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Subjects and courses for SDG 3

Subject description

This subject provides an introduction to the topic areas of cell biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, genetics, microbiology and immunology. During this subject you will look closely at the links between structure and function in cells and important biological molecules whilst investigating cellular division and mechanisms to control the cell cycle and prevent cancer. You will hear about techniques in genetic engineering and break throughs in biotechnology. You will learn about different microorganisms and their role in human, animal and/or plant health and explore the physiology of the immune system. Through engagement in group research projects you will develop skills in effective research and communication, teamwork, self-reflection and peer assessment whilst developing your digital literacy skills in presenting your research through PowerPoint (or similar tools) and generation of an electronic Portfolio. Find out more.

This subject is working towards:

All 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

Faculty

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Degrees

General Schedule of electives, Bachelor of Bionanotechnology (Honours), Bachelor of Bionanotechnology (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Conservation Biology (Honours), Bachelor of Conservation Biology (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Exercise Science, Bachelor of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation, Bachelor of Marine Science, Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences, Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours), Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours), Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours), Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) (Deans Scholar), Bachelor of Nutrition Sciene, Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Science and Health, Bachelor of Science

Subject description

This subject will examine the drivers, feedbacks and responses to global change over the past c. 2 million years. It will examine major drivers of global climate change/variability and feedbacks between these drivers and other components of Earth’s systems (e.g. climatic/atmospheric, oceanic hydrologic and biologic). It will also examine recent changes to Earth’s systems and put them in context on long term variability. In addition, the subject will examine the methods by which past climates/earth surface processes reconstructed and in doing so will identify key knowledge and data gaps. Find out more.

This subject is working towards:

Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing    Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation    Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy  

Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production    Goal 15: Life on Land  

 

Faculty

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Degrees

Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours), Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Marine Science, Bachelor of Marine Science (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Science

 

Subject description

This subject examines fundamental principles of human movement, considers nutritional demands and exercise responses to encourage a healthy lifestyle and highlights common issues and chronic conditions that can compromise health throughout the lifespan. Find out more.

This subject is working towards: 

Goal 2: Zero Hunger    Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

Faculty

Faculty of the Science, Medicine and Health

Degrees

Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours), Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Exercise Science, Bachelor of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation, Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences, Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours), Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Nutrition Science, Bachelor of Science.

Subject description

Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to take control of and improve their health through behaviour change. This subject introduces students to the concept of health promotion, including existing theories and models, and demonstrates how these can be applied in particular settings (e.g. health services, work sites, schools and communities). Health promotion programs that target dietary change (ie. nutrition promotion) require measurement of dietary intake, for both planning and evaluation thereof. This subject examines the various methods used to measure dietary intake in populations and healthy individuals, as well as how to assess these measurements against national and international standards, for the purpose of developing appropriate health promotion strategies. Topics covered include validity and reliability of different dietary assessment methods and the use of different food composition databases for nutrient analyses, as well as the analysis of body composition and estimation of energy requirements, and interpretation of national survey data for monitoring and surveillance of the nutritional status of populations. Find out more.

This subject is working towards:

Goal 2: Zero Hunger    Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing    Goal 4: Quality Education

Faculty

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Degrees

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours), Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Nutrition Science

Subject description

This subject introduces students to innovation frameworks, relevant to contemporary Australian food systems, which aim to achieve a health outcome. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate specific case studies of product innovation, involving stakeholders across academia and food industry, to provide an understanding of the food product innovation process. Scientific principles will be applied to promote understanding of functional foods, nutrigenomics and genetic modification, issues concerning trends for new food delivery systems such as ready to eat meals, related food safety concerns, and the use of risk assessment frameworks in food regulation. The subject has particular emphasis on providing knowledge of how nutrition and sustainability act as drivers for health based food innovation. Find out more.

This subject is working towards:

Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing .   Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure .   Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

 

Faculty

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Degrees

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours), Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Nutrition Science

 

Subject description

This subject covers the key areas of community and public health nutrition, including food and nutrition monitoring and surveillance, food and nutrition systems; food and nutrition policy; program planning, development and evaluation; and principles of nutrition promotion. Issues related to advocacy for policies and programs to address public health nutrition priorities will be introduced. Current issues in Public Health Nutrition in Australia and elsewhere will be reviewed. Find out more.

This subject is working towards:

Goal 2: Zero Hunger     Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing    Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.  

Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

 

Faculty

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Degrees

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours), Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), Bachelor of Nutrition Science

 

Subject description

This subject covers the key areas of community and public health nutrition, including food and nutrition monitoring and surveillance, food and nutrition systems; food and nutrition policy; program planning, development and evaluation; and principles of nutrition promotion. Issues related to advocacy for policies and programs to address public health nutrition priorities will be introduce. Current issues in Public Health Nutrition in Australia and elsewhere will be reviewed. Find out more.

This subject is working towards:

Goal 2: Zero Hunger   Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing   Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.   

Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

 

Faculty

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Degrees

Graduate Certificiate in Nutrition, Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

Subject description

This subject introduces students to innovation frameworks, relevant to contemporary Australian food systems, which aim to achieve a health outcome. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate specific case studies of product innovation, involving stakeholders across academia and food industry, to provide an understanding of the food product innovation process. Scientific principles will be applied to promote understanding of functional foods, nutrigenomics and genetic modification, issues concerning trends for new food delivery systems such as ready to eat meals, related food safety concerns, and the use of risk assessment frameworks in food regulation. The subject has particular emphasis on providing knowledge of how nutrition and sustainability act as drivers for health based food innovation. As a 900 level subject, students will also be provided with an opportunity to provide critical analysis of the impact/s of product development on different points along the Australian food supply chain. Find out more.

This subject is working towards:

Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing    Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure    Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

 

Faculty

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Degrees

Master of Nutrition and Dietetics 

Subject description

This capstone subject will provide students with an opportunity to consolidate their knowledge, skills and attributes required for safe, competent practice as beginning registered nurses. Students will explore global issues in healthcare and how they can impact local change as registered nurses. Students will propose and complete a capstone learning project through which they demonstrate their abilities to integrate, analyse, synthesise and apply knowledge and skills relevant to their professional interests. The project will focus on a relevant scholarly, professional or practice issue \that impacts their local community utilising the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework. Students will complete a critical reflection of the work undertaken during their degree that includes their state of readiness to undertake the role of a registered nurse within the workplace and how they may impact local and global challenges within this role. Find out more.

This subject is working towards:

All 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Faculty

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Degrees

Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing (Conversion)

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