We are always putting our students up front and centre, to learn from, to be mentored by, and to collaborate with industry.
This July, we will do just that inviting industry partners to meet our students on our campuses around Australia, at Industry Connect.
It is an incredible coup to have Dr Daniel Nour – founder of Street Side Medics and the 2022 Young Australian of the Year – as our keynote speaker for Industry Connect 2022.
At just 26 years old, Dr Nour identified a gap in the healthcare of vulnerable people in New South Wales and, in August 2020, he founded Street Side Medics. The not-for-profit mobile GP-led medical clinic enlists the help of volunteers, who staff six mobile van clinics across New South Wales each week to combat some of the significant barriers, difficulties, and limitations to accessing health care for some, especially the 116,000 people experiencing homelessness.
Dr Nour and his team have treated many communicable and non-communicable illnesses, dealt with neglected medical needs, and detected conditions that would otherwise have gone unnoticed, including diabetes, thyroid disorders, hepatitis C, HIV, heart disease and cancer.
Role modelling for our students
Dr Nour juggles his full-time role as a doctor (specialising in cardiology and global health, at Royal North Shore Hospital) with volunteering his afternoons to ensure the clinics are run smoothly and patients receive the care they deserve.
“We seriously need to do better!” said Dr Nour, who will share some of the challenges to bringing Street Side Medics into a reality at Industry Connect.
Our students will hear about how the recent national recognition from being Young Australian of the Year will hopefully help him achieve his ambitions of extending Street Side Medics nationally.
“I am passionate about identifying, addressing, and improving healthcare delivery to the community, that’s what led to Street Side Medics. We are so proud to have just added our sixth clinic last month. It really takes a village to make it a continued success,” said Dr Nour, who acknowledges the selfless and dedicated volunteers, and their amazing Board and corporate sponsors who collaborate to bring Street Side Medics to those in need each week.
Socially conscious education plants a seed
Dr Nour is looking forward to connecting with our students at Industry Connect.
“I had a socially accountable medical education along with my global experience which resulted in an idea. I understand Torrens University Australia encourages their students to create impact in their communities and celebrates collaboration working in partnership to bring a vision to life and create change where it is needed most,” said Dr Nour.
Kath Curry, General Manager Health and Education at Torrens University Australia, said Dr Nour’s keynote address was sure to be engaging, authentic and inspirational for the hundreds of students set to attend Industry Connect.
“Dr Nour is a genuine role model who advocates for so many vulnerable people, he believes his work is an obligation with the guiding belief that if he can help just one person, then it’s worth it. I can’t wait for our students to share in some of his lessons at Industry Connect,” said Kath.
“Regardless of where our students are on their academic journey, our students are sure to be inspired by Daniel, who truly embodies our belief that ‘everyone can change the world’.
Our students are already on their way to being industry ready - this flagship event will take them another leap forward.
Soon we will be announcing our rockstar alumni panel featuring as part of our Industry Connect line-up. The panel will share their unique journeys into various industries and inspire our students of what’s possible as they create their own pathway and embark on their career.
Industry Connect takes place Tuesday 19 July 2022, between 11 am-3 pm (AEST) as a hybrid event combined with events on campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Auckland and key speakers streamed live to all locations.
If you are interested in being an exhibitor at Industry Connect, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.