School of Public Health and Community Medicine

GlobalHealth@UNSW: Partnerships for Development

Global Health @ UNSW

Who we are

GlobalHealth@UNSW is a critical mass of researchers, students, teachers, development workers and practitioners advancing global health and development. Part of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), GlobalHealth@UNSW supports the formation of research networks and collaborations, the sharing of knowledge, as well as training and professional development. GlobalHealth@UNSW is committed to addressing all dimensions of health system support and to promoting equity and social justice.  

Aims of GlobalHealth@UNSW

Working at a global level, and with an emphasis on the challenges facing low and middle-income countries, GlobalHealth@UNSW aims to:

  • Promote, through teaching and research, the use of evidence and best public health practice, to enhance countries’ capacity in health policy development, program design, and implementation;
  • Monitor and evaluate public health policies, programs, and initiatives;
  • Facilitate international collaboration to respond more effectively to global health issues, in particular those affecting the most vulnerable populations, and;
  • Build partnerships with groups and institutions, at UNSW, in Australia, and abroad, committed to advancing effective responses to global health issues.

What we do

  • Encourage research collaborations in the Faculty of Medicine, with other UNSW researchers and with researchers in developing countries
  • Engage in research collaboration
  • Conduct education and training
  • Provide support for translating research into policy

Key areas of expertise

  • Infectious diseases
  • HIV
  • Maternal, child and reproductive health
  • Non-communicable diseases and control of risk factors including Tobacco Control
  • Health economics
  • Health promotion
  • Health, human rights and development
  • Human resources management and development
  • Health policy, planning and strategy development
  • Development and health
  • Public health in emergencies
  • Migrant and refugee health

Collaborative Partnerships - Where we work

GlobalHealth@UNSW members work in many low and middle-income areas, including the Asia-Pacific region (China, India, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Cook Islands), South East Asia and the Mekong (Lao, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Thailand) and have growing partnerships in Africa and in fragile states (Timor-Leste, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and parts of Indonesia). We have a commitment to development principles, which is evident in long-term relationships with partners in a number of countries including the Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and Cambodia.


Dr Abdul GhaffarWhy systems research is more relevant than ever?

A physician by training with a PhD in International Health, Dr Abdul Ghaffar has worked in low and middle income countries, managing research portfolios; designing and evaluating national health systems; and training future generations of health systems researchers and decision-makers. He has served as Regional Advisor for Research in the Eastern Mediterranean office of WHO and now serves as Executive Director of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. 


Rajesh KumarGlobalHealth@UNSW Seminar - National Health Mission of India

Professor Kumar was awarded an MD in Social and Preventive Medicine from Rohtak Medical College in 1984, and MSC in Epidemiology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1992. His professional life of 30 years is enriched with experience of health system research, planning and evaluation of public health programs, and capacity building of public health workforce. He has worked as a Temporary Adviser to WHO, and has received several honours, including a Fellowship of National Academy of Medical Sciences, Indian Public Health Association of Preventive and Social Medicine.

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Seye AbimbolaGlobalHealth@UNSW Seminar - An Introduction to new BMJ Global Health Journal

The new Chief Editor of BMJ Global Health, Dr Seye Abimbola, gave a talk about the journal's vision for global health publishing in August 2016 at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine.  Dr Seye Abimbola, is a health policy and systems researcher. He is currently a lecturer in international public health at the University of Sydney. 

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Asylum Seeker DetentionPublic Health, Human Rights and Asylum Seeker Detention Symposium

A symposium took place on 27 May, 2014 to discuss the public health issues of Australia’s asylum seeker program and their relationship to human rights.  It brought together academics, health practitioners, policy-makers and those with hands-on experience in detention centres. Hundreds of people converged on the John Niland Scientia Theatre to hear researchers, advocates and frontline workers discuss the plight of asylum seekers held in offshore detention centres.

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Stephen LewisGlobalHealth@UNSW Conference - Is Global Health in Crisis?

Keynote speaker - Stephen Lewis, Celebrated Humanitarian and Former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa.  Author of Race Against Time

The conference theme, ‘Is Global Health in crisis?’ examined the critical issues of global health leadership and finance in an era of global financial uncertainty, dwindling overseas development assistance and increasing inequalities in health.

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