Broken Hill City Council and the University of Sydney
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Broken Hill City Council and the University of Sydney

Broken Hill City Council and the University of Sydney further cemented their commitment to educational, research, professional and service learning development in the region by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) this morning at the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (BH UDRH).

The University of Sydney has a reputation for outstanding teaching and learning. Locally, the University supports the Broken Hill UDRH which has been operating since 1997 and focuses on expanding and enhancing the rural and remote health workforce through multidisciplinary education and training, research, professional support, and service development.

The University and Broken Hill City Council work together on a number of initiatives associated with student placements, health outcomes for the community and sustainability strategies. In July the Council will be hosting a group of Business and Architecture students from the University of Sydney who will bring their knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to support business modelling and architectural use of the Film Studio precinct.

The MoU will formalise existing partnerships and facilitate further collaborative efforts between the institutions and specifically guide the Council and the University of Sydney to identify multi-professional service learning and education opportunities in the Broken Hill region.

University of Sydney Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Garton said the signing of the MoU recognised the importance of collaboration in developing opportunities for the benefit of the Broken Hill community.

“The BH UDRH is a stellar unit of the University, which is celebrating 15 years of operation. The MoU is a significant new phase of the developing relationship between the Council and the University and we expect the relationship will provide many training and educational opportunities,” Professor Garton said.

Mayor Wincen Cuy said Council was an ardent supporter of the Broken Hill UDRH.

“The MoU consolidates our relationship with the University of Sydney and we look forward to working together to build on this partnership to achieve longstanding gains in our community,” he said.

Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health Head of Department Professor David Lyle welcomed Council’s commitment and support.

“The MoU will allow us to work as a joined-up community in addressing regional inequities and meeting our needs for better health, education, economic growth and geographical inclusiveness. We are working closely with community partners to inspire local children to higher education as well as attracting urban students from multiple disciplines to the region, both as undergraduates and then to work after graduation,” Professor Lyle said.