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Packing day to aid domestic violence victims

Sydney Nursing School’s packing day, which has delivered health kits to more than 12,000 people in need since 2011, will this year help those domestic and family violence have affected.

More than 3000 health kits will be packed and sent to shelters and refuges across rural and remote areas of NSW when staff, students, alumni and friends of the university come together for the annual event, scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, December 2).

This year, the school has partnered with not-for-profit charity Every Little Bit Helps, which receives and redistributes donated toiletry items to those most in need.

Professor Donna Waters, dean of Sydney Nursing School, said the day is the school’s way of giving back to the community at an important time of year. Waters said this year the kits would contain essential toiletries and health products for people who have had to flee their home because of family violence or distress.

“Nurses and midwives, along with other allied health professionals, are increasingly working with victims of family and domestic violence – both directly and indirectly,” she said. “We recognise that, sadly, the holiday period is a particularly busy time for refuges and shelters and is when they need supplies more than ever.”

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