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.

For more information please view the seminar flyer and presentation >>


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. 

For more information please view the seminar flyer and presentation >>


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.

<For more information please view the conference article and website >>



Welcome to the GlobalHealth@UNSW Symposium

image - Public Health, Human Rights and  Asylum Seeker Detention SymposiumA 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.

“There is no such thing as a bogus asylum seeker or an illegal asylum seeker. Everybody has a right to seek asylum in another country” (UNHCR)


Australian Human Rights President, Professor Gillian Triggs' opening address at the Public Health, Human Rights and Asylum Seeker Detention symposium, 27 May 2014.



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Watch this event live online! Click here for full symposium.

If you missed the UNSW asylum seeker symposium, we urge you to watch it and send it to others to watch.

Asylum Seeker Detention Symposium Video Highlights

Highlights of the Asylum Seeker Symposium
Listen to excerpts from: Dr John Paul Sanggaran; Dr Karen Zwi; HREOC Present & Professor Gillian Triggs; Dr Michael Grewcock; Dr Ann Clarke; Mark Isaacs; Michael Moore.
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Dr Karen Zwi Video Excerpt

Dr Karen Zwi - Keynote Speaker
Conjoint Associate Professor with the School of Women's and Children's Health, UNSW

Dr Zwi has recently returned from Christmas Island where she was the paediatrician for the Human Right Commission Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention.
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Dr John-Paul Sanggaran Video Excerpts

Dr John-Paul Sanggaran - Keynote Speaker
Dr Sanggaran was a Christmas island Medical Officer and co-author of the recent Letter of Concern about the standards of medical care and practices at the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre.
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Dr Michael Grewcock Video Excerpt

Dr Michael Grewcock
Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminology in the  Faculty of Law, UNSW        

Author of Border Crimes: Australia’s war on illicit migrants and several refereed articles and book chapters on Australia’s policies towards refugees. Chief Investigator on the ARC funded Australian Deportation Project and has also undertaken research into the policing of people smuggling.
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Public Health, Human Rights and Asylum Seeker Detention Symposium Video

Hear Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, the President of the Human Rights Commission speak, as well as health workers who have seen the treatment of asylum seekers in detention speak about what they witnessed.
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Selected Media Coverage




Brought to you by GlobalHealth@UNSW (School of Public Health and Community Medicine) and the Public Health Association of Australia

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Deliver hope to Nepal:
Day of action and fundraising campaign

Join us in a day of fundraising and appreciation of the courage and perseverance of our friends in Nepal

Thursday, 4 June 2015
UNSW Kensington Campus – Library Lawn

Time: 10 am to 4 pm


Nepalese students from the UNSW Action Group speak about the day the April 2015 earthquake hit their home land and the impact this has had on them, their families and the wider Nepalese community. The group is raising funds through the Australian Red Cross to provide water, shelter and reconstruction money to Nepal.


Cultural Performances, Photography Exhibition – Join us for an afternoon of a visual engagement on amazing Nepalese stories of strength and humanity, including Nepalese folk dancing.

BBQ and Bake sales – Enjoy tasty treats while making personal contributions to the Nepal earthquake relief efforts.

10:00 Bake sale and Photography exhibition
12:00 Barbeque starts
12:30 Introduction from UNSW Action Group followed by Nepalese cultural dances
12:45 Speakers
1:00 Continuation of Nepalese cultural program

More than 8,500 people have been killed and many more injured by the two major earthquakes and subsequent tremors in Nepal.

Homes, buildings, roads and other important infrastructure have been destroyed leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless, including many of the country’s 37,000 refugees. 

U.N. officials have reported that millions of people remain in need of basic humanitarian assistance while the monsoon threatens to overwhelm the currently fragile transportation system and undermine ongoing aid efforts.  (Source:


About UNSW Action Group for Nepal

Image - UNSW Action Group

The UNSW Action Group – started from the movement of UNSW Alliance against Ebola (UNSWAAE) in 2014 – is an organisation of students and staff at the UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine established to raise awareness and funds to support the efforts in various global public health crises.

Photos: Nepal Earthquake 2015, Kathmandu: Red Cross; Nepal flag: