Essential medicines

Essential Medicines

For students in Year 9 and 10

An opportunity for students in Australia to collaborate with leading researchers and join an international citizen science initiative that empowers members of the public to be active researchers in projects that will improve human health.

Year 9-10 students will spend a day learning about medicines, how they are discovered, which ones are the most important to keep the world healthy and why some people have access to the medicines that they need but others do not.

Students will join the Breaking Good Initiative and contribute to the Essential Medicines citizen science project, exploring the world’s most important medicines and gathering information to include in an open database for use by researchers all over the world that will contribute to making medicines more accessible for everyone.

Each participating school or individually participating student will be provided with an Essential Medicines Kit containing all relevant support materials and curriculum links and rubrics prior to the Challenge commencing.

The Essential Medicines is aligned to the Australian Curriculum, including the General Capabilities and Cross-Curricular Priorities. Students will need to be supervised online by a teacher or guardian.

This is a collaboration between Breaking Good and the University of Sydney.

Program details

Date: 23 November 2021

Time: 9.30am-2.30pm (virtual and interactive Zoom workshop)


  • $22.00 per student for groups 1-29
  • $16.50 per student for groups 30+
  • Teachers and supervisors attend for free

Registration: Now open

Want to run E$$ential Medicines for a large cohort on a day of your choice?

  1. We can organise a Essential Medicines day especially for your school by request. This option is recommended only for groups of students 100+. Contact us on for more detail.
I really liked how the information we learnt about essential medicines could be referred to its usage in real life!
Year 9 student
It is a great experience for students to explore the world of medicine.
Science Teacher