About Heartbeat

Heartbeat is a multi-year program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from participating schools is South-Western and Western Sydney.

Students join the program in year 3 or 4, and the first cohort (who joined in 2010) are now in year 11. A year 10 and 11 activity will be developed in 2017.

Aboriginal Elders and educators are closely involved in Heartbeat.

The program features a suite of linked events and aims to: 

 

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More than 1,300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from 55 schools in the Campbelltown, Blacktown and Penrith regions have participated in a Heartbeat event since 2010.

Heartbeat is one of the many innovative schools-engagement programs run by Western Sydney University.

"My favourite was making the Lava lamps and I want to be a writer or teacher to teach health."
BrodieGrade 6 student, Ambarvale public school
"I enjoyed Plasterama. I would like to go to uni and I want to be a Scientist."
LincolnGarde 3 student, Briar Road Public School
"The children really enjoyed the day and the people they met. They got an insight into the university and the doors it opens. They were all interested and want to go back."
Teacher
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Why Heartbeat? 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a lower life expectancy than non-Indigenous Australians and their health status is not as good across a range of indicators. This is due to many factors, and is compounded by the under-representation in nearly every health profession. It is hoped that in the longer term Heartbeat will contribute to better health and education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Commitment to education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 

The Western Sydney University currently has over 450 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and is located in the midst of a large Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

The University is committed to building and supporting the educational aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and helping them to achieve their educational and career goals. The University works with a range of stakeholders to develop and run programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students that provide them with opportunities to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence, and boost their prospects.

Heartbeat: keeping pace

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Years 3 and 4 from some of our participating schools will be invited to our next event, Heartbeat: keeping pace. The event will take place at Western Sydney University's Campbelltown campus.

 Student resources

Get the rhythm

Students in Years 3 and 4 receive workbooks and learn how to ‘Get the rhythm’.

Keeping pace

Students in Years 3 and 4 receive workbooks and learn about ‘Keeping pace'.

Science matters

Students in Years 5 and 6 receive workbooks and learn that ‘Science matters’.

Signals and signs

Students in Years 5 and 6 receive workbooks and learn how to read ‘Signals and signs’.

Many channels

Students in Years 7 and 8 receive a workbook and learn about ‘Many channels’.

Interconnections

Students in Years 7 and 8 receive a workbook and learn about ‘Interconnections'.

 

The frontline

Students in Year 9  receive a workbook and learn about ‘The Frontline'.

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Our partners and supporters 

The Western Sydney University team would like to acknowledge the following for their generous support of the Heartbeat program: