For Parents

If your child has been invited to a Heartbeat event at Western Sydney University, we’d like to welcome you to come along on the day.

Find out what students learn about health, and careers in health, medicine and related sciences. You’ll also meet up with Elders, teachers, University staff and students, other parents, guardians and carers. Just let the teachers know that you plan to attend by mentioning this on the permission slip that your child will bring home. 

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My son was breathtakingly impressed with the program and felt absorbed and stimulated in its unique methods of addressing wholesome lifestyle. He was also thoroughly spellbound in the university’s ambiance and its connection with its wealth of quintessential, cultivated teachings.
Paul HarringtonParent

What is the Heartbeat program?

Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Greater Western Sydney get a taste of life as a health professional through our Heartbeat program. They visit Western Sydney University once a year and have fun exploring health, medicine and related sciences.

They learn about the importance of eating well and regular exercise, as well as healthcare strategies and the effect of influences like advertising.

Staying proud

Heartbeat is also about giving students a true appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and traditions. Aboriginal elders and educators are involved in every Heartbeat event.

Each Heartbeat day also includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Western Sydney University who are studying relevant degrees – Medicine, Nursing, Health Science, Sports Science, Exercise Science, Physiotherapy. They act as guides for students on the day and talk about how they came to study at university.

Families staying strong!

Check out our booklet for tips on ways families can stay strong and healthy. (PDF, 2.5MB)

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Aboriginal medical services

Did you know that it’s free to visit the doctor at an Aboriginal medical service?

Tharawal Aboriginal Medical Service

187 Riverside Drive, Airds

Phone: (02) 46284837

Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney

2 Palmerston Road, Mount Druitt

Phone: (02) 9832 1356


And we've only just begun!

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