Who we are
Engineering World Health (EWH) became a chapter at UNSW at the beginning of 2014. EWH UNSW is strongly connected to it's parent group - the international Engineering World Health organisation - and has direct access to everything students need to participate meaningfully in the global biomedical engineering community. We provide students with unique educational experiences whilst engaged in competitions, educational outreach challenges and life-changing missions to repair medical equipment in developing countries. Our education, outreach and hands-on projects exist to inspire and educate engineers to improve healthcare delivery in the developing world.
Major goals and achievements
- Textbooks: We are producing a series of curriculum-based textbooks for biomedical engineering technicians training in Cambodia. One of our future projects involves creating new engineering textbooks for universities in developing countries. We are also working on creating and running workshops for university students.
- Outreach Programs: We run a variety of programs at local high schools. Examples include a term-long project to build a prosthetic leg and day-long STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) workshops.
- EWH International Design Competition: Designing, prototyping and submitting innovative designs for medical technology that can make a difference in low-resource settings. Our chapter was awarded first prize in 2016 for our Uninterruptible Surgical Lamp and third prize in 2015 for our Multi-Coloured LED Otoscope in the annual design competition.
- Annual Summer Institute: Each year we support EWH members to travel to a developing country to diagnose and repair medical equipment. Students receive training and hands-on experience working in hospitals and clinics, while living with local families and working alongside local doctors, nurses and engineers.