UWS medical students honoured for service

Recognised: Barry O'Farrell with UWS medical students Nilanthy Vigneswaran, Sukhi Hegde and Brian Fernandes.
Recognised: Barry O'Farrell with UWS medical students Nilanthy Vigneswaran, Sukhi Hegde and Brian Fernandes.

STUDENTS from the University of Western Sydney Medical Society have mentored local high school students, helped children with autism and put together birthing kits for women in Nigeria.

Now the young people of the society's Global Health Awareness Western Sydney arm have won the youth category of the 2012 Building Inclusive Communities Award for their volunteer work.

Premier Barry O'Farrell announced the winners at a ceremony at Parliament House last month.

The awards honour people and groups who work with indigenous Australians or people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The group was formed in 2009 and members have helped community causes, including students from Robert Townson High School in Raby, the Autism Advisory and Support Service in Liverpool, and the Birthing Kit Foundation of Australia.

School of Medicine dean Annemarie Hennessy said the award was well-deserved.

"UWS medical students understand the disparities and disadvantages faced by the community and are passionate about making positive contributions to the area," Professor Hennessy said.

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