Goal #3

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

UNSW is committed to this goal and demonstrates its commitment through:

  • Multi-disciplinary health research that contributes to improving good health and wellbeing globally, accelerating world class health education
  • Wellbeing Strategy and Plan for students and staff, providing access to health, optometry, dentistry and exercise physiology clinics
  • Demonstrated leadership in solving this century's biggest health challenges and moving health care into the future

Healthcare for all requires equity

COVID-19 has forced all of us to examine our global world and the central importance of health for our social, educational and economic security. The pandemic starkly highlights that threats to health are not experienced equally by all. It has magnified existing inequalities, compromised the progress we had made towards the SDGs and undermined access to health care for many. To promote wellbeing for all we must understand what determines a person's or community's experience of health and provide the supports and resources necessary to overcome the factors that undermine health and enhance those that are health promoting.

In this video, Dr Kristen Beek and Dr Sophia Lin from the School of Population Health, UNSW, break down some of the key challenges behind SDG #3.

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The Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH)

With over 30 years of experience, the CSRH conducts social and behavioural health research into chronic health conditions, HIV and sexual health and undertakes health promotion and harm reduction. They are leaders in their fields, with a strong reputation in the academic community, lending authority to the work and influence of public debate. The CSRH are committed to contributing to effective policy and practice by working in partnership with the community, government and research partners.


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UNSW Precincts

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Large-scale Health and Innovation Precincts are under development with diverse multi-sector partners, to advance UNSW’s strategic and industry engagement aspirations.    

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Visitors & the community

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At UNSW, we are committed to the health of students, staff and the wider community and offer a range of free and affordable services including optometry and psychology.

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The Kirby Institute

Papua New Guinea (PNG) has the highest burden of HIV in the Pacific region. Researchers in the country have in recent years honed efforts to better understand the epidemic in order to develop and implement appropriate education, testing and treatment initiatives for their communities. But a rise in drug resistance in the region has proven particularly problematic for those currently on or about to commence HIV treatment.

Led by the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney and the PNG Institute of Medical Research, researchers will unite to improve HIV viral load testing and detection of drug resistance in Papua New Guinea.


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UNSW 2025 Strategy Update

The 2025 Strategy commits the University to solving this century's biggest health challenges and moving health care into the future. This will be achieved by developing globally relevant approaches to health services research, to ensure effective translation of health care models and delivery. This document celebrates the key achievements of the first phase of the 2025 Strategy, highlighting where we have come from and where we are now.


Ageing Futures Institute

Population ageing is one of humanity’s most pressing challenges. The UNSW Ageing Futures Institute will conduct research and translate it into policy and practical outcomes, to enable optimal ageing for individuals and society.

Cellular Genomics Futures Institute

Cellular Genomics is the next great revolution in medicine. The UNSW Cellular Genomics Futures Institute will invent technologies to decode individual cell DNA, chromatin, RNA, and protein outputs that will be used for precise diagnosis and precision treatment of human disease.


The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the power of the UNSW community to rapidly tackle complex and immensely challenging feats. Together, by collaborating, we moved teaching online; we moved most of our community to remote working, and we supported each other through one of the most extraordinary periods in our organisation and our country’s history. 


It is important that we continue to work together to control the spread of COVID-19 and prevent transmission within our UNSW community and beyond. To help, the University designed guidelines to protect students, staff and the wider UNSW community from harm as we return to campus.

UNSW's programs and partnerships for mental health support the resilience of staff and students. Our Employee Assistance Program is a professional, confidential short-term solutions-focused counselling service for UNSW employees and their immediate family members that helps people tackle some of life's challenges.

Having demonstrated our ability to work flexibly and productively, we want to continue to offer a ‘flex-first’ approach for all staff who wish to work in this way. We will introduce – in a planned and phased way – greater flexibility across location, hours, full-time equivalents, schedules and job sharing. 

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UNSW Sustainable Development Goals 2020-2021 Report

This report outlines UNSW's performance against the SDGs over the years 2020-2021.


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