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Our community

At UniSC we promote sustainability and health and wellbeing as a way of living. It influences how we teach, learn, educate and collaborate on campus, in the community and around the world.

Health and wellbeing

UniSC promotes a safe and healthy community, connecting people to health support and information.

Healthy lives

We operate under the World Health Organisation Health Promoting Universities framework and are guided by the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting University and Colleges. We encourage better connectivity between health services and support both on and off campus. Linking people to community health information and services, gets them to the right support, at the right time, for improved health outcomes.

Supporting sexual health

UniSC students have free access to sexual health and reproductive service providers and resources in our campus regions. We educate students on how to protect themselves and their sexual partners from sexually transmissible infections, access to contraception and STI testing and treatment services.

We link to government and community health information services for our culturally diverse student group and distribute sexual and reproductive health information and resources at orientation activities each semester.

Mental health support

UniSC provides one-on-one and self guided support for mental health and related health issues. There's on campus counselling services and self-guided resources, linked with community service providers, are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the Student Portal.

We tackle society’s most topical issues, like youth mental health through research, using the latest in neuroscience to achieve new insights.

For diversity and equality

We are committed to actions to promote diversity and equal access to education. Diversity Week brings the community together in a celebration of our diverse community and culture.

Students, staff and local communities have access to a range of health services at UniSC.
Clinics on campus

UniSC Clinics offer psychology, nutrition, counselling and a range of health services to the university and wider local community in our campus regions.

Free vaccinations

UniSC offers free health services including free flu vaccinations throughout the year, as part of our ongoing commitment to health and wellbeing.

Free drinking water

UniSC provides free drinking water on all campuses through the water refill campus initiative. We commit to providing free access to drinking water for all staff, students and visitors.

Safety and security

The Safer Communities team provides on-campus support, and immediate and anonymous process to report a concern. UniSC takes action against sexual assault and harassment in all its forms.

Smoke-free UniSC

UniSC campuses are smoke-free campuses. We offer support to students to quit smoking and address addiction in their lives.

UniSC commits to providing free access to drinking water for all staff, students and visitors.


Access to education

At UniSC there's opportunity everywhere, and we provide support to promote education and lifelong learning for all.

Retaining local talent

Our students don’t need to leave home to get a world-class education. UniSC’s five campuses spread across South East Queensland means more regional students have study, research and employment opportunities right on their doorstep. Our graduates are invaluable to their local communities, with seven out of ten UniSC graduates staying in the regions to contribute to their social and economic prosperity.

Better pathways to higher education

Support and educational programs like UniSC's Equip Workshops help students from all walks of life to take the first steps to study. Flexible study options allow students to more easily juggle their responsibilities with student life. Pathways and bridging  programs give students the confidence and skills they need to get studying and succeed.

Equal access to education

UniSC has programs and support and help people overcome barriers to entry to education. We encourage lifelong learning,  and the opportunity to learn for all, regardless of background or personal circumstance. UniSC's programs and support improves accessibility and eligibility and financial support and scholarships helps remove financial obstacles to participation.

UniSC nursing graduate Kristie Anne studies while caring for her children.
Jensiya Joy Christy Bachelor Of Nursing At Moreton Bay Unisc Asylum Seeker Scholarship Recipient
After receiving an Asylum Seeker scholarship from UniSC, Jensiya is finding a new purpose, and a new hope for herself and her family.


Healthy ageing

UniSC strives to improve the lives of older people, families, and the communities in which they live.

Specialist research and study opportunities

Through research specialisations, community support and study programs integrated with industry and community, UniSC helps people to live well as they live longer.

UniSC's Healthy Ageing Hub, Healthy Brain Ageing Program are examples of this work in action with leading academics engaging to promote better health outcomes.

Education and outreach

The Lunch Box Lectures presented by UniSC and industry partner Lutheran Services, allows leading academics and aged-care professionals to explore key issues for the elderly, including dementia, social isolation and end-of-life care.

Events are open to the region’s clinical care providers, allied health professionals and carers, as well those caring for elderly family members and friends.

UniSC and Comlink Australia have partnered to address major workforce shortages in aged care and provide regional pathways to employment for students.


Sustainability spotlight

Strong Walk

A new program is helping school students find self-belief through their culture – and use it as their driving force to aim high when it comes to education and careers.

Brain ‘fingerprinting’ provides insights into mental health of young adolescents

Medical imaging of a person’s unique brain signature – much like a fingerprint – has the potential to predict mental health problems in young adolescents, according to a world-first study by University of the Sunshine Coast researchers.

Creative ambitions: Healthy ageing project could start a movement

A very simple creative project at the University of the Sunshine Coast has hit on a winning formula for improving the lives of older Australians.

UniSC takes action to support achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)

  • Goal 2: Zero hunger
  • Goal 3: Good health and wellbeing
  • Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
  • Goal 13: Climate action
  • Goal 14: Life below water
  • Goal 15: Life on land
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

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