Student Opportunities


The Mercy Baafi Award for Compassion in Nursing

Nominate a fellow Nursing Student!

The Mercy Baafi Award for Compassion in Nursing is open to all students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing programmes.

Mercy was a compassionate, devoted and passionate nurse and a valued member of staff within the School of Nursing, UOW.

Mercy also actively campaigned for the improvement of midwifery practices in developing countries. One key project was the installation of infant incubators in as many maternity wards as possible and in particular the Akim Oda Government Hospital in Ghana for infants in need.

This new award is to keep alive the spirit of Mercy which was her kindness and compassion to colleagues, students and others. This is a prestigious award and the student recipient of this award will be presented at the Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health annual prize night in May, 2018.


The award is open to all students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing Advanced, Bachelor of Nursing for Overseas Qualified Nurses or Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) programmes.

The award is for a student who has demonstrated the attributes below during their Nursing studies at UOW:

  • Working cooperatively in a way that inspires others to contribute.
  • Expressing kindness and generosity of spirit even when they think no-one is watching.
  • Modelling person-centred communication (being respectful and considerate).
  • Showing unsolicited interest and concern for the wellbeing of others.

The nominee must show satisfactory progress in the programme, maintaining a credit average.


A student must be nominated by two (2) or more peers, and seconded by a Subject Coordinator. The nominations could be accompanied by a personal story that captures the essence of compassion and person-centredness, as demonstrated by that student. Where more than one student is nominated, the selection of the recipient will be made by the Head of School. The prize will not necessarily be awarded every year, and may be split between multiple recipients. Download the nomination form [DOC]

Nominations must be submitted to by 5pm, Friday, 20 April, 2018.

You can view photos of the 2017 recipient via the 2017 Faculty Prize Night photo gallery.

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International outreach opportunities with Project Everest

Project Everest is an organisation dedicated to developing sustainable solutions to some of the world’s most complex issues by designing and developing lean social enterprises. Tackling problems ranging from agricultural productivity and food security to sustainable fuel consumption and improving access to clean drinking water, Project Everest operates on the frontline of international development.

In an effort to accelerate the development of our operations, Project Everest is looking to involve capable and passionate university students as participants in the Project Everest Social Entrepreneurship Program. Successful applicants will work in teams to design sustainable businesses that solve some of Project Everest’s most pressing issues in either Cambodia, Fiji, Timor Lesté or Malawi.

The Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health offers two internship subjects, one at 200-level and one at 300-level, that provide research experience opportunities for strong students to develop and hone their practical and research skills with Project Everest.

Phone: 02 8188 4514 

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Seminars, Symposiums and Information Sessions 

International Nurses Day Breakfast

Join us at the 2018 International Nurses Day Breakfast on Saturday 12 May. Proudly hosted by our Student Nurses As Professionals (SNAP) student club!
The keynote speaker is Karen Tuqiri - Director of Nursing & Midwifery at Wollongong Hospital.

International Nurses Day Breakfast
Saturday 12 May
Wollongong Golf Club

Limited seats available and tickets from only $20 - SNAP up your ticket online and join us to celebrate 2018 International Nurses Day!

Are you a Nursing student at the Wollongong campus?

Learning Development are offering FREE successful transitions in Nursing workshops!
Learning Development provide weekly subject-specific assessment preparation seminars for 1st year Nursing students.

Workshops are scheduled in Autumn session from Week 2 to Week 9, as well as an Exam Preparation workshop on 11 May. To view the full schedule of workshops, download the poster [PDF].

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Name of Scholarship: Veolia Mulwaree Trust Community Equity Scholarship
Amount: $3,000 for the duration of one (1) year
Advertising Dates: applications close 23rd April 2018
Scholarship Site

Interested in an internship overseas?

If you’re studying the Bachelor of Nursing Advanced, you can join the Taiwan medical university’s international internship program in November 2018 or March 2019!

WHO CAN APPLY? Any Bachelor of Nursing (BNA) Student . If you’re entering 3rd year of your BNA in 2018, you can join in November 2018 (in NMIH320) and if in your 4th year of your BNA in 2019, you can join in March 2019 (in NMIH321)).

WHEN IS IT? 2 weeks in November, 2018 or March 2019

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST? It’s basically FREE since each student will receive an NCP grant valued at $3,500 AUD

INTERNSHIP MODE: You’ll attend a lecture, take part in simulation education observation at TMU and complete placements at a number of Taipei hospitals


  • Meet and work with students from across the globe
  • Learn about traditional Chinese medicine and maternity nursing
  • Take part in clinical placements at three local hospitals
  • Explore Taipei’s culture and Taiwan’s health care system

MORE INFORMATION/TO APPLY: contact Dr Rita Chang in the School of Nursing via (02) 4221 3174 or

There is an information session on Friday 27 April from 12 – 1pm in 41-257C. Come along to find out more, have your questions answered and chat to staff about this exciting opportunity!

Download the poster [PDF]

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Short Courses

Certificate III in Pathology

Southern IML Pathology and UOW are offering Science, Medicine and Health students a discounted rate for Certificate III in Pathology. Don't miss out on this opportunity!

WHAT’S INVOLVED: A combination of online learning and one week of practical workshops giving you hands on learning and practical experience.

BENEFITS: Flexible payment options for a course that will enhance your knowledge, give you practical skills and is relevant to your degree.

The course is open to all Domestic students studying a degree in SMAH and best of all this course qualifies you for well-paying part time employment at any Pathology Lab.

COST: Discounted cost for UOW students – complete the course from as little as $240 (refer to webpage for eligibility criteria)..

Visit the Southern IML Pathology webpage for more information, to view the 2018 workshop dates and to secure your place!

Please note: this course is independent of the Science, Medicine & Health Faculty and is not a requirement of your degree.  

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Industry Memberships

Studying Nursing?

Join the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association - Associate membership is FREE!

FREE Associate membership gives you a great range of benefits including;

  • Scholarships
  • Use of our library services
  • Access to our professional services team for advice & guidance
  • Union shopper, a discount buying service
  • Discounted rates to attend NSWNMA workshops
  • And, you will be posted out the nursing and midwives’ journal, The Lamp.

Associate membership is a great way to stay in touch with what’s happening with the nursing and midwives profession!

Visit the website to become an Associate Member for free – join now!

Membership for Nursing Students

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is excited to launch two new membership options for pre-registration nursing students.

If you want to set yourself up to be the best nurse you can be and build the career you want then you should join the ACN community!

Students can choose from two membership types:

‘Start-Up’ membership offers basic member benefits for free
‘Undergraduate’ membership provides comprehensive member benefits, including one-on-one career coaching, access to online CPD courses and invitations to VIP events, for only $53 per year.

Visit the website for more information and to join now

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Student Life @ UOW

Find other clubs, play free sport, discover Wollongong, improve your quality of life, meet other students and develop your leadership skills. Life is better when you're involved...
Visit Student Life @ UOW, get involved and get more out of uni

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Last reviewed: 19 April, 2018