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In this edition:

Join us to celebrate World Health Day 2021

The Age Newspaper gave his new show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival a ⭐⭐⭐⭐ review....So you can imagine how excited we are to have the hilarious writer, broadcaster and comedian, Sami Shah, host our World Health Day event next week!

Join us for a special lunchtime event where our line-up of expert guest speakers will share their reflections on this year's theme, 'Building a fairer, healthier world'.

With a special keynote address from Martin Taylor, Director of Health Systems and Services at WHO Western Pacific Region, the event will also include an expert Q&A session where our panelists will discuss the challenges to progress and the innovative solutions needed to eliminate health inequities and build a fairer, healthier world for all.

Expert panelists:

 
Prof Colleen Fisher: Head of School of Population and Global Health, University of Western Australia
Prof Ming He: Professor of Ophthalmic Epidemiology, Centre for Eye Research Australia (WHO Collaborating Centre for the Prevention of Blindness)
Sarah Goulding: Vice-Chair of Gavi the Vaccine Alliance; Assistant Secretary at DFAT

Wednesday 7 April 2021
12-1pm, via Zoom
Register to attend


 

Collaborative cervical cancer program established in the Western Pacific through landmark investment: VCS Foundation

On 26 March 2021, the Minderoo Foundation together with NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Cervical Cancer Control (C4) announced a first-of-its-kind humanitarian and research effort to eliminate cervical cancer in the Western Pacific. Minderoo’s conditional grant of $AUD8.1 million - when supported by additional funding and in-kind support from other partners - will provide almost $30 million to enable C4 and in-country partners to set Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu on a path to eliminating cervical cancer.

Prof Marion Saville AM, Executive Director of VCS Foundation, a C4 partner said, “VCS is incredibly proud to be involved in this initiative which will ramp up HPV vaccination and provide women with access to world class HPV self-sampling and same-day treatment of pre-cancerous cervical lesions using thermal ablation. It is expected to save the lives of 150,000 women in Papua New Guinea alone. Read more. 

Nationwide search for inaugural Fred Hollows Humanitarian of the Year 

The Fred Hollows Foundation and Founding Director Gabi Hollows are calling for nominations for the first ever Fred Awards, which recognise everyday humanitarianism in Australia.  
 
The Fred Awards celebrate people who care for others in a decent, practical and no-nonsense way, like Fred did. The Awards are rooted in Fred’s character as a great Australian and his values of kindness, compassion and integrity. 
 
Nominations are open Australia-wide until 11.59pm on Friday 23 July 2021. To read more, or to nominate, click here.

Unitaid reaffirms its commitment to the fight against tuberculosis in the context of COVID-19

On World Tuberculosis Day 2021, Unitaid renewed its strong commitment to fight one the world’s deadliest infectious killers.

Ensuring wider access to better, simpler and more affordable solutions to stop the spread of tuberculosis (TB) has always been at the core of Unitaid’s mission. While the world has come together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now more important than ever to redouble our efforts when it comes to TB.

“In these exceptional times, innovation has proven to be even more critical than ever to tackle tuberculosis. We need to redouble our efforts across prevention, diagnosis and treatment to ensure that affordable, simpler and adapted solutions are made available in low- and middle-income countries, particularly for the people who need them the most” said Dr Philippe Duneton, Unitaid Executive Director.
Read more.

Why you should #MatchMyJab: Nossal Institute 

With the COVID-19 vaccine rollouts commencing, we can’t forget the vaccine may remain out of reach for some time to come for many low and middle income countries. Tori Oliver and Clare Strachan have written a compelling piece in support of the COVAX #MatchMyJab campaign. Read more

App based exercise becomes answer to fitness woes during lockdown: Deakin University

A national study into how people maintained their physical activity during last year’s pandemic restrictions has revealed digital platforms are an effective way to help people stay fit when access to other forms of organised exercise is restricted. 

Baseline findings from the longitudinal Our Life at Home study led by Dr Kate Parker and Dr Lauren Arundell from Deakin University’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) found that people who used digital platforms to access facilitated classes or online and app-based fitness programs were more likely to meet physical activity guidelines than those who didn’t. Read more

Did you miss Results Australia's World TB Day event? 

Yes? Don't worry - we have you covered! Results with support from partners, organised the World TB Day Virtual Parliamentary Event on 24 March. With close to 70 participants from Australia and around the world, amazing speakers and rich discussions, the event was incredibly informative and enjoyable. If you missed the event please watch the recording here.

Want to know more about the TB pandemic and why ending Tuberculosis for all is so important? Why tackling it is a key part of ending global poverty and what role Australia can play? Read the Results World TB Day E-booklet, an amalgamation of perspectives from TB leaders, experts and innovators to build an investment case for Australia’s leadership in the fight against TB globally and in our region.

TB testing in 2020 dropped drastically due to COVID-19: The Global Fund

On World Tuberculosis Day, new data shows the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the fight against another deadly airborne disease: tuberculosis. Global Fund surveys in 13 countries with the highest TB burden in the world reveal that 29% fewer people were tested for TB compared to 2019. Worse, in those same countries, there were 45% fewer people tested for multidrug-resistant TB – one of the most frightening forms of antimicrobial resistance.  Read more.


 

A new paper from Adara assesses the Hospital in the Home program in Central Uganda

The Adara team have published a new paper about their Hospital to Home (H2H) project in BMJ Open. The H2H program addresses a critical gap in newborn care – providing follow-up support to high-risk infants in low-resource settings. The H2H programme was designed to support these infants, both in the hospital and once they return home. This paper describes the programme and the method in which we are evaluating its feasibility, acceptability and early effectiveness. It also includes supplementary materials including training, programme and research tools. Take a read.

Gavi and Save the Children form global partnership to immunise zero-dose and vulnerable children

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and Save the Children signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen vaccination efforts and health services to reach zero dose children in marginalised and hard-to-reach communities in some of the world’s countries with the least resources. The partnership will focus on reaching children who are currently receiving no routine vaccines and marginalised communities in line with Gavi’s vision to ‘leave no-one behind with immunisation'. In addition, the partnership will support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines by engaging with community champions on joint activities. Read more.

Are we there yet? Slow progress on the journey towards women's health and human rights revealed: The George Institute

A new report card on progress towards UN human rights obligations shows high income countries like Australia have little justification for failing to implement programs to improve women’s health and advance gender equality.

The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Map identifies the areas in which governments across the region are failing to act, including collecting data on the drivers of violence against women, developing gender-equal laws and improving access to health care for underserved women. Read more here.

A new innovation to tackle needlephobia, just in time for the COVID19 vaccine rollout: NeedleCalm

Alliance member NeedleCalm are pleased to announce the launch of their new product - an innovative medical device reducing the discomfort associated with needle-related procedures. It's estimated that up to 6.5 million Australians suffer from needlephobia, and with a mass COVID19 vaccination campaign beginning to roll out, this launch is just in time. NeedleCalm™ is a single use adhesive pad with biocompatible medical grade silicone designed to promote comfort and minimise the perception of pain associated with needle related procedures. See how it works.

Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship 2021: ACIPC

Have you initiated a successful infection control strategy or would like to develop or implement one? If so, Cardinal Health want to recognise your excellence! The Cardinal Health 2021 Infection Control Scholarship has been designed to encourage Australian and New Zealand infection control practitioners to share their successes and innovations and to gain support for further work in these areas.

For more information, click here.

Gabi Hollows named one of Australia’s 25 most influential social sector leaders 

Founding Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation, Gabi Hollows, has been named one of the top 25 Australians generating positive social change in the Impact 25 Awards. In addition, Gabi received the Judge’s Choice Award for Collaboration at a virtual ceremony held on  31 March 2021.
 
Gabi was recognised for her life's work which, since the 1970s, has been dedicated to restoring sight to people who are needlessly blind and vision impaired. 
 
After receiving eye surgery as a toddler, Gabi studied to become an orthoptist so she could pay forward the life-changing surgery she received and improve other people’s quality of life. Read more. 

Results Australia, Global Citizen and more honour International Women's Day

In partnership with Global Citizen, The Asia Foundation, and UN Women, Results is proud to have honoured International Women’s Day virtually in 2021.

At a special event, they were joined by Natasha Stott Despoja, Global Citizen Australia Board Director and Australia’s Representative to the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Jane Sloane, The Asia Foundation, Ariadne Gorring, CEO, Pollination Foundation, and Alvina Lillie Soaki Erekali,  UN Women Solomon Islands.

They discussed the specific impacts of COVID-19 and climate change on women and girls and the need to elevate women into leadership roles to tackle the issues of the future. Watch the recording now! 

Want the skills to lead from the front in the growing health and human services sector? Deakin University

We are pleased to announce that Deakin’s Master of Health and Human Services Management is now accredited with the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM). Graduates may apply for membership with the ACHSM.
 
You’ll build the leadership, managerial and analytical skills to influence positive change in healthcare with the Master of Health and Human Services Management. Opening the door to senior roles within the health sector and using your platform to improve healthcare delivery and contribute to healthier communities.
 
The course is about more than just applying business and management skills in a health context. It explores what best practice looks like in the complex world of health services management. Everything you learn – and the way you learn – prepares you to navigate the exact challenges faced by health and human services professionals today.

Investment in diabetes treatment returns almost five times more in benefits to society: The George Institute

1.7 million Australians have diabetes and around two-thirds also have cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease or both. Each year in Australia hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease and end-stage kidney disease cost over $6 billion.

SGLT2 inhibitors, a class of medication developed for the treatment of diabetes, have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and kidney failure. A new report published by The George Institute, 'The wider benefits of SGLT2 inhibitors in Australia', has shown that making SGLT2 inhibitors widely available in Australia would save lives and reduce costs to society. Read more here.

Funding to improve disability inclusion in humanitarian responses: Nossal Institute 

Quality data is integral to inclusive preparedness and emergency response. Without age appropriate disability data, interventions are not targeted; people are excluded; and the specific needs of people with a disability are not met during times of disaster. Read more
 

WHAT'S ON IN GLOBAL HEALTH?

  • 7 April: World Health Day

     
  • 25 April: World Malaria Day
  • 24-30 April: World Immunisation Week

UPCOMING EVENTS & COURSES

2021 UN and Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum

On 20 April, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed will open the UN & Australia Sustainable Partnerships Forum - 2021’s Major Australian SDGs event.

Ms Mohammed led the process that resulted in global agreement around the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is now Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group, which is overseeing the implementation

The Forum will include:

  • Plenary Partnering Sessions: Advice and information will be provided about partnering at the international, national and city level and with young people. Partnership Broker, Victoria Thom, will run a workshop to help participants determine if they are fit for partnering.
  • Interactive Thematic Discussions: UN and Australian leaders will welcome questions and input during three breakout sessions under four key UN themes:
  • Gender Equality: Economic empowerment of women and girls, Women in Leadership and Wiyi Yani U Thangani – (Women’s Voices): Securing our Rights, Securing our Future
  • Climate and Planet: Circular Economy and Climate, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Human solutions for tackling biodiversity loss
  • Justice and Human Rights: Modern Slavery, Driving sustainable reconciliation efforts through an Indigenous rights lens and Global Health
  • Poverty and Inequality: Sustainable Finance, Financing the SDGs and Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Digital SDGs Showcase: Businesses, schools, government agencies, start-ups and community groups will showcase what they are doing to progress the SDGs.
  • Networking: Delegates can connect with each other and arrange individual and group meetings. On Day 1, there will be informal networking rooms dedicated to the four Forum themes and the SDGs. On Day 2, Delegates will have a final opportunity to create partnerships and pledge future actions.
 20-21 April 2021
Virtual Conference

Register Here
Spotlight on Indigenous Health: Melbourne Children’s Global Health Forum
 
This month’s forum covers emerging learnings from leading indigenous health practitioners in Australia.
 
The first talk, with Prof. Stephanie Brown and Karen Glover, will shine light on the social determinants of health and wellbeing in Indigenous communities – particularly focusing on the recently released findings from the Aboriginal Families Study, which followed 344 mother-child cohorts living in urban, regional and remote areas of South Australia. 

In the second talk A/Prof Peter Azzopardi and Seth Westhead explain their Indigenous youth-led roadmap project, which aims to document the priority health needs and evidence-based responses of indigenous adolescents using empowering youth-led approaches, resulting in a network of engaged and up-skilled young Indigenous people who are able to drive the implementation of the project. 
 
Speakers:
  • Stephanie Brown: Stephanie is a social epidemiologist and health services researcher whose work focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of children, young people and families and reducing social inequity. She established and leads the Intergenerational Health group at MCRI, and is Co-convenor of the Institute’s Aboriginal Health Program. 
  • Karen Glover: Senior research fellow, intergenerational health, MCRI
  • Peter Azzopardi: Lead, Aboriginal Health Equity Theme, SAHMRI, Co-head of Adolescent Health, Burnet Institute, team leader, population health, MCRI
  • Seth Westhead: Researcher, Aboriginal health equity, SAHMRI 
Chair:
  • Nat Evans, Senior Project Officer, Tropical Diseases and Global Health Fellow, MCRI
 Monday 12 April 2021
12.30-1.30pm

Register Here
Global Citizen World Immunisation Week 2021 Virtual Event 
 
How do I respond to friends that are skeptical of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine? Should I get the vaccine? What role should the media play in global the vaccine rollout? What does 'variant nationalism' mean? 
 
Global Citizen is delighted to present World Immunisation Week 2021 Virtual Event 
 
We are all wondering the same things, and this World Immunisation Week we want to help find the answers. Submit the questions, concerns or comments you have about vaccines when you register for this event and a selection will be answered LIVE by our panel of speakers: 
  • Professor Brendan Crabb AC | Infectious Disease Researcher, CEO Burnet Institute and inagural winner of Global Citizen Australia's Hero Award 2020
  • Tegan Taylor | Health & Science Reporter, ABC Science Unit
  • Linda Kristjanson AO | Health Academic & Researcher, Former Vice-Chancellor Swinburne University, Director Global Citizen Australia Board
  • More speakers to be announced in coming weeks
Wednesday 28 April 2021
12pm - 1pm, Virtual

Register here
 
Nossal Institute for Global Health: Did you know you can study Masters level subjects? 
 
Coffee with Latin America - Mental Health and Building a Fairer, Healthier World: The George Institute
 
Join us on World Health Day 2021 to discuss ‘Mental health and building a fairer, healthier world' in the second session of The George Institute for Global Health's 'Coffee with Latin America' series.

Panellists will share perspectives across different regions and help identify unique challenges and solutions for discussion. The webinar will be relevant for the entire global health community, especially those researchers and policymakers with an interest in mental health research.

This Coffee with Latin America series aims to facilitate global collaboration and learning and provide an opportunity for outreach and connection with the global health community.


7 April 2021
11-12pm AEST
Register here

CALL FOR PROPOSALS 

Unitaid looks to invest in better tools to prevent and treat postpartum haemorrhage

Unitaid is pleased to announce a new call for proposals in the area of tools for reducing maternal mortality.

Despite a significant reduction in the number of women who die in pregnancy and childbirth over the last 30 years, global progress has stalled. There were almost 300,000 preventable maternal deaths in 2017, most of which occurred in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs).

A coordinated, integrated effort, with emphasis on expanded access to innovative health interventions is needed to reach the 2030 SDG targets and address the unacceptably high number of global maternal deaths.

Under this call, Unitaid is soliciting proposals for interventions aimed at accelerating the adoption and scale-up of innovations to reduce maternal mortality from postpartum haemorrhage (PPH).

Projects that fall under the scope of this call are those that accelerate the introduction of new or newly recommended drugs for PPH, and also push forward the late-stage development of new formulations for the prevention and treatment of PPH.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for one or both areas of intervention.

The closing date for receipt of full proposals is Wednesday 7 April at 10pm AEDT.
 

GRANTS

PHD OPPORTUNITIES

A 3-year PhD stipend is now available to work on a project about the likely effects of autonomous vehicles on public health, especially in relation to diet and physical activity. The project is being funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).


Closing Date: 19 April 2021

What we're reading, watching and listening to

📖 We mustn't forget the fight against Tuberculosis: Results Australia
As the world struggles to come to grips with COVID-19, there's another pandemic that has been raging since the time of the pharaohs that will kill more than one million people this year - and every year that follow. A great opinion piece from Results Campaign Director, Shiva Shrestha for World Tuberculosis Day 2021.

 
🎧Good Will Hunters Podcast: Autumn Series with Paul Ronalds and Rachel Mason Nunn

In Good Will Hunter's new Autumn Series, Paul Ronalds, Group CEO of Save the Children Australia and co-host Rachel Mason Nunn, will be talking to leading global thinkers on the challenges facing NGOs and what it will take to create the NGO of the future. 
📖 ‘Virus is out of box’: Australia’s locally made vaccines to be sent to PNG

PNG was due to receive 600,000 vaccines under the global initiative known as COVAX by the end of May but rising infections have prompted governments in India and Europe to freeze exports to tackle their own health emergencies. Australia is lobbying for vaccines to be sent to its northern neighbour within the month, but the blockades around the world give rise to fears that shipments could be delayed for several months.
🎧 Contain this podcast: Prof. Fiona Russell and Dr. Rachel Devi on COVID-19 Vaccines in the Pacific

This instalment of the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security's podcast gives insights from the introduction of  COVID-19 Vaccines, how they were developed, what it means for vaccines to be safe, and how they will be rolled out in the South Pacific and in particular, Fiji. With special guests Prof Fiona Russel and Dr Rachel Devi. 
📖Australia is on track to beat the world in eliminating cervical cancer

Australia is poised to give the world a masterclass in eliminating a cancer that causes extreme suffering and death for women across the globe. It is aiming to eliminate cancer of the cervix in seven years, an extraordinary goal given the World Health Organisation’s target is for worldwide elimination in 70 years. While Australia’s health authorities have a strategy in place and look to be on track, they are acutely aware the path ahead has challenges. Everyone involved in the quest knows there is much work still to do.

📺 The clock is ticking, action is needed now: UNITAID

Unitaid’s Director of Programmes, Robert Matiru, talks about the consequences of TB, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on TB programmes and the power of innovation and technology.

📺A year like no other: COVID's threat to education for girls

Covid-19 is threatening the education of millions of girls and could reverse decades progress for girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa. To understand its impact on education for girls, and the serious challenges girls are facing in returning to school after the Covid-19 lockdowns, we bring you three critical perspectives from: Dr. Shannon Hader, UNAIDS deputy director of programme; Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya, founder and president of Kakenya’s Dream, which runs schools for girls in rural Kenya); and Chipego Kalumbi, a 17-year-old student and participant in PEPFAR’s DREAMS’s program in Lusaka, Zambia.

GLOBAL HEALTH JOBS

Policy Cures Research
Senior Analyst, Neglected Diseases 
Location: Europe or Australia
Burnet Institute
Project Officer
Location: Melbourne
Business Analyst - Information management
Location: Melbourne 
Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations
Project Manager – DFAT Accreditation
Learning Program Coordinator & Content Developer
Learning Content Developer
E-Learning Designer
Learning Coordinator

All located: Sydney
Nossal Institute for Global Health
Program Officer - Education & Learning – Part-time at 0.8 FTE for a 12 month contract
Location: Melbourne
Results Australia
Fundraising Manager 
Location: Sydney
The Leprosy Mission Australia
Gift in Wills Officer
Digital Content Coordinator
Customer Service Officer
Location: Box Hill
Adara Group
Lawyer
Location: Sydney
The George Institute
Program Manager - Brain Health
Location: Sydney
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