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July news from the Alliance: What's new this month?

Professor Brendan Crabb AC appointed new Chair of the Alliance 

The Australian Global Health Alliance is thrilled to announce Professor Brendan Crabb AC as its incoming Chair.

Professor Crabb is the long-time Director and CEO of the Burnet Institute. He is a Fellow of the two learned Academies, Australian Academy of Science (FAA) and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS) and is the former President of the Australian Association of Medical Research Institutes; (AAMRI) and is the current Chair of its Victorian Chapter. For the last six years he has served on the governing Council of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia.

Brendan remains the Chair of Pacific Friends of Global Health, an Alliance initiative that supports the advocacy efforts of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance and Unitaid in Australia.

“I take on this new role very enthusiastically. With COVID-19, it is more essential than ever that we emphasise to our government, and to the wider community, the importance of a sustained investment and prioritisation of global health; to Australians as well as to those we seek to support. Under the leadership of Professor Jane den Hollander AO and her team, the Alliance has become a powerhouse in Global Health advocacy and coordination, and it is now ideally placed to coordinate this message and unite our sector’s voice. I’m excited to help lead these efforts,” said Professor Crabb.

Outgoing Chair, Professor Jane den Hollander AO said: “I’m pleased to pass the baton to Brendan. His appointment marks a new era for the Alliance, as it resets with a new strategic focus. Brendan is a trusted and tireless champion for Global Health investment in Australia and our region, and his strong networks across government, medical research and international development will be vital to lead the Alliance into its next phase as our nation moves beyond the pandemic.”

Dr Selina Lo joins Alliance as Executive Director 

The Alliance is also delighted to announce that Dr Selina Lo has been appointed Executive Director of the Alliance.

Dr Lo has over two decades experience in global and international health with qualifications in medicine (University of Melbourne), tropical medicine (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and a Masters in Public and International Law (University of Melbourne).

Throughout an impressive international career, Dr Lo has been a Medical Director for Essential Medicines for Medecins sans Frontieres, Senior Editor for the Lancet in London and Beijing, inaugural CEO for Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA), consultant to the UN International Institute of Global Health and most recently invited to join the World Pandemic Research Network and the Cancer Council Victoria Climate and Health reference groups. Selina comes to the Alliance from the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), aligning global and planetary health with MSDI through strategic publications and grants.

We are indeed privileged to have someone of Selina’s calibre and global health credentials to be part of the future journey of the Alliance. She will commence with us from Monday 12 July.

Farewell and good luck to Mary Harney 👋

The Alliance community wish to say a huge farewell and good luck to Mary Harney, acting Executive Director of the Alliance.

The Board, Executive Committee and Alliance staff thank Mary for her strong leadership of the Alliance during the past nine months and are reassured she will remain a close friend of the Alliance.

All the best, Mary! 

The Australian Network of WHO Collaborating Centres chats with Dr Takeshi Kasai

At last week's WHO WPRO Partners Forum, Alliance team member and Network Coordinator, Piyali Somaia, and Network Executive Committee Member, Hayley Jones, were joined by Dr Takeshi Kasai, Director of WHO Western Pacific Region, in their virtual 'booth'. 

Dr. Kasai took the opportunity to congratulate the Network on their global health expertise and to ask how they can engage better with WHO WPRO. Some key points covered were:
  • More opportunities for WHO Collaborating Centres to work with WHO, at all levels of the organisation;
  • Project opportunities to be sent to the network for prospects of multiple WHO Collaborating Centres to work together with WHO; and
  • Better and more frequent communication of WHO with WHO Collaborating Centres
What an excellent opportunity! 

TODAY at 11:30am AEST: 
Women in Global Health Australia Launch

Join a conversation to launch Women in Global Health Australia with Professor Fiona Stanley, Founding Director and Patron of the Telethon Kids Institute, and Dr Roopa Dhatt, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Women in Global Health.

Women in Global Health is a network to achieve gender equality in health leadership. Women in Global Health has over 50,000 supporters in 90 countries and 25 affiliated networks, with a strong presence in low-and middle-income countries.

Women in Global Health Australia is launching with support from Melbourne Children's Global Health and Monash Partners as an affiliated network. The Australian network’s initial focus areas include:
  • Enhancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s leadership and participation in all decisions that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing.
  • Connecting women leaders from the Indo-Pacific region with leaders in Australia.
  • Contributing to global initiatives including, WHO Global Health Workforce Network’s Gender Equity Hub and UN Generation Equality Forum, through the Women in Global Health network.
  • Promoting evidence-based policy to advance women’s leadership in health.
General membership and nominations to join WGH Australia sub-committees will open at the launch. Membership is free and provides access to exclusive events, opportunities and communications.

Register here. Friday 9 July, 11:30 AEST.

Measuring Disability and Disability Inclusive Development: Nossal Institute

Disability inclusion is both a process and an outcome, ensuring people with disabilities meaningfully participate in development activities and enjoy the benefits of policies and programs on an equal basis with others.
Dr. Manjula Marella, Nossal Institute for Global Health, and Dr Islay Mactaggart, International Centre for Evidence in Disability, LSHTM will be the guest editors of a special issue of International Journal of  Environmental Research and Public Health to strengthen the evidence-base on disability-inclusive global development, documenting both research methods and results related to measuring disability-inclusive development.
Researchers are invited to contribute any papers describing and critically evaluating methods used to assess disability-inclusive development, or describing results from such research.  Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July '21

Unprecedented cooperation with global oxygen suppliers paves way to increase access for low- and middle-income countries to address COVID-19 crisis: Unitaid

Unitaid and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) are pleased to announce agreements with Air Liquide and Linde respectively, which provide a pathway to increase access to medical oxygen in low- and middle-income countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Medical oxygen shortages around the world have been a tragic feature of the pandemic, impacting the poorest countries disproportionately. These access difficulties were entrenched in many parts of the world before COVID-19, and have been exacerbated by the pandemic, putting strain on fragile health systems and resulting in preventable deaths. Latest estimates suggest that around 1 million critically-ill COVID-19 patients in low- and middle-income countries need 2.2 million oxygen cylinders (15.1 million cubic metres) a day at the moment, with concerning surges reported in several countries in Africa, Latin America and South-East Asia.

This unprecedented collaboration with industry aims to overcome fundamental issues such as unstable funding commitments and insufficient infrastructure, which have limited the availability of medical oxygen. Read the full announcement.

6 million children benefitting from the first ever multi-antigen vaccination campaign: Gavi

UNICEF, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and WHO have partnered with the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care to launch a new vaccine campaign introducing typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) into the routine immunisation schedule across the country.

The TCV campaign, the first of its kind in the region, was made possible through funding from Gavi and the multi-donor Health Development Fund (HDF) supported by the European Union, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Irish Aid and Gavi.

“Before the discovery of antibiotics, typhoid would kill as many as one in five people who contracted it,” said Thabani Maphosa, Managing Director of Country Programmes at Gavi. “The rise of extreme drug resistant typhoid risks bringing us back to levels of mortality not seen since the 19th century, posing a risk to all of us. That’s why typhoid conjugate vaccine is so important and why the government of Zimbabwe deserves praise for introducing this lifesaver into its routine immunisation programme.” Read more.

Infection Prevention and Control: Education update from ACIPC Education Committee Chair

An update from Stéphane Bouchoucha, Chair of ACIPC Education Committee / Board Director:

"ACIPC’s Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course was one of the courses nominated to be completed by the new roles of IPC Aged Care Clinical Leads in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF). This was following the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety COVID-19 report. This has seen 3700+ aged care employees join our community of IPC professionals. I am pleased to report that we have seen 2800 already graduate. This is a remarkable achievement considering the high academic level of the course and the many challenges faced by students undertaking study during a busy and stressful time at work. 

As Chair of the Education Committee, I would like to thank our Education Manager Jackie Miley and our team of facilitators who have worked hard to support the College’s largest ever cohort of students. Thanks too, to the ACIPC aged care team and office staff who have worked in the background to enrol students, issue certificates and report back to RACF managers on student progress. 

"Education has always been at the forefront of College activities and the Board of Directors will meet in July to discuss developing existing courses and new education programs. Looking to the future, continuing to provide high quality IPC education will be paramount to ACIPC’s focus on providing leadership for all healthcare workers and evidence-based IPC practice outcomes for the benefit of the community."

Join Turia Pitt in Fred’s Big Run virtual event: Fred Hollows Foundation

Australian athlete and author Turia Pitt has joined The Fred Hollows Foundation as the ambassador for Fred’s Big Run, a virtual event in which participants walk or run at least 25km in August to raise funds for The Foundation. A NSW South Coast local, Turia said she was proud to be joining The Foundation to raise awareness of avoidable blindness.
“I grew up seeing the iconic black and white photo of Fred in Vietnam and hearing about The Fred Hollows Foundation’s amazing work,” Turia said. “We use our eyes for everything and yet we rarely think about just how precious our vision is. Giving the gift of sight to people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access treatment is something I’m very excited about. I encourage people to sign up to Fred’s Big Run and join me. You don't need to be an avid runner like me, but hopefully I can help inspire you!”

In 2020, more than 7,300 people in 782 teams took part in Fred's Big Run from 25 countries around the world.
Register now for Fred’s Big Run:


Three researchers from The George Institute among list of winners of new funding award

Congratulations to Xia Wang (right), Sonali Gnanenthiran (left) and Julieann Coombes (middle) from The George Institute for being awarded Federal funding to advance women in early and mid-career stages of their research careers. The Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) Women’s Health Research, Translation and Impact Network (WHRTN) has provided up to $15,000 to 36 individuals in the inaugural AHRA WHRTN Early and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Funded Awards.

The Network, funded by the Morrison Government, The Hon Greg Hunt MP and the Medical Research Future Fund, is a national collaboration across community, health services and academic institutions set to boost national and international collaboration on women’s health, build health workforce capacity, develop leaders in women’s health, and advance research and translation to deliver impact and better health for Australian women.

Dr Xia Wang is a Doctoral Research Fellow specialising in the analysis of large-scale randomised controlled trials and epidemiological studies. Dr Sonali Gnanenthiran is a Research Fellow and a practicing cardiologist with research interests in cardiovascular clinical trials and platelet science. Dr Julieann Coombes is a Research Fellow for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program, and currently looking at a project to provide safe pathways for families of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with burn injuries. Congratulations to all!  Read full story.

New study on brain cooling turns treatment advice on its head: George Institute

large international study on the effects of cooling the brain after a cardiac arrest shows that contrary to current treatment recommendations, it doesn’t actually improve survival or recovery. The study, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggests that a less intensive approach to temperature control in these patients may be warranted.

Dr Manoj Saxena, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health and intensive care doctor at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, helped lead the study for Australian hospitals that took part.

“Since 2005, treatment guidelines for unconscious cardiac arrest patients have recommended cooling the body temperature down to 33 degrees Celsius. These new results now strongly indicate that maintaining normal temperature should be recommended instead, so now we can focus our resources on other things, and prioritise other aspects of cardiac arrest treatment,” he said. Read more. 

You’re invited to Results Australia's call on global education

You’re invited to Results' upcoming call on global education!

Join Results' welcome call on Tuesday 16 June, 7:30pm AEST, and discover how you can join their global movement to raise hands and fund education.

Currently, around 250 million children are denied an education due to COVID-19. Never before have so many children been out of school at the same time. We know education is essential for children to dream and thrive. Which is why Australia must join world leaders in ensuring the COVID-19 pandemic does not undo hard won gains to improve global education.

You can help make this happen. Register today

Become a credentialled Infection Prevention and Control Professional: ACIPC

A number of members of the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control have recently become credentialled or recredentialled. Congratulations to Renee Strotton, Sara Peterson and Nicola Isles who were awarded the Advanced level of credentialling. Kathy Dempsey has recredentialled as an Expert and Robyn Russell has earned the post-nominal CICP-P as a Primary Credentialled Infection Control Professional. 

Credentialling is a process instituted by the College as a professional body to acknowledge when an individual has demonstrated the prescribed competence in the specialist role in infection prevention and control. The full list of our 73 credentialled members can be found here. If you would like to know more about credentialling, please visit ACIPC's website, or contact

BioMelbourne Network's new Masterclass Series

Are you a founder or executive of an early stage biopharma company? Are you developing a novel product for the global market? Do you want to gain valuable skills and knowledge to inform your business strategy and optimise investor interest?

BioMelbourne Network’s 2021 Masterclass Series Advancing Global Business Strategy for BioPharma is a customised program designed to support early-stage biopharma executives who are developing products for the global market. Participants will gain valuable skills and methodologies to develop effective business and investment strategies, optimise investor interest and accelerate the path to market. Two Masterclasses will be delivered in July and September, with lead companies Biointelect, Gadens and MRL Ventures Fund. Find out more and register

A great opportunity to showcase your SDGs success!

The United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) Victoria division is partnering with Spark Strategy, an impact led advisory firm and B Corp, to develop a major new SDGs resource. This will be launched at an event in October.

The partners are looking for organisations, companies and government bodies which can be featured as case studies illustrating their successful integration of the SDGs into:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Impact Measurement
  • Operations and/or Supply Chains.

Please contact Sophie Arnold, UNAAV Executive Manager, at if you are interested in being featured as a case study.


  • 11 July:  World Population Day
  • 28 July: World Hepatitis Day


Raise Your Hand for Global Education
Results Australia 

Join Results Australia for a 1hr panel discussion and #raiseyourhand for global education.  

As a global community of everyday people empowered to end global poverty, we envision a world where every child can go to school. But currently, around 250 million children are denied an education due to COVID-19. Never before have so many children across so many countries been out of school.  We know education is essential for children to dream and thrive. Which is why Australia must join world leaders in ensuring the COVID-19 pandemic does not undo the hard won gains achieved on global education over recent decades.

You will hear from Julia Gillard AC, the chair of Global Partnerships for Education (GPE) and former Prime Minister of Australia about why investing in global education is critical now more than ever.

Facilitated by Nicole Clements, former ABC TV journalist, you will hear from:
  • Dương Phương Anh, Youth Ambassador of Global Partnerships for Education, Advisor to Plan International
  • Thenu Herath, CEO of Oaktree
  • Priyanca Menon, Associate at Teach for Australia
  • Dr Alexandra McCormick, Senior Lecturer at University of Sydney
  • Emily Abbott, Youth Ambassador at UNICEF Australia
13 July 2021
7.30pm-8.30pm AEST

Register Here
NRL Scientific Symposium Returns in 2021
After cancellation in 2020 due to the pandemic, the Annual NRL Scientific Symposium on Infectious Diseases & our Asian NRL Workshop return in 2021, with registrations now open.

The 37th Annual Infectious Diseases Symposium will be held physically in Melbourne, Australia from 11 to 13th October and will incorporate a virtual stream.  We are also pleased to announce the return of the Asian Summit which will be a virtual event held concurrently with the Annual Symposium. These symposia offer participants throughout the region and globally to participate virtually, opening up the event to a much wider audience.

 The 37th NRL scientific Symposium on Infectious Disease will showcase a diverse range of topics and speakers including COVID-19, Malaria, HTLV-1 in indigenous populations, blood safety, test kit evaluations and many others.

 The Asian Summit will be held concurrently and virtually and will include topics of interest in developed and emerging economy countries with an emphasis on capacity building in quality management systems in Asia. Delegates from all Asian nations are invited to register.

11-13 October 2021
Registrations are now open

Melbourne Children’s Global Health
July Forum: Health Promoting Schools

The World Health Organization’s Health Promoting Schools (HPS) framework is a whole-school approach to promoting health that recognizes the intrinsic relationship between health and education. Healthy students achieve better educational outcomes which, in turn, are associated with improved health, including later in life. Over the past two years, MCRI’s Centre for Adolescent Health, a WHO Collaborating Centre, ​has been working on a number of distinct, yet related projects with the WHO, UNESCO and others aiming to review current policies and evidence, and to develop new global standards and an implementation guidance for HPS. In this forum, the team behind this work will share their findings, reflect on this body of work, and discuss how we can improve health outcomes for all by “making every school a health promoting school”.

  • Prof. Susan Sawyer - Geoff and Helen Handbury Chair of Adolescent Health, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne; Director, Centre for Adolescent Health, Royal Children’s Hospital; and Group Leader, Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Dr Ruth Aston -  Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Centre for Program Evaluation, Melbourne Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne, Education and Evaluation specialist, MCRI Health Promoting Schools
  • Dr Monika Raniti - Senior Research Officer, Centre for Adolescent Health, MCRI and Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Natalie Evans (CHAIR), Global Health Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Monday 12 July 2021
Via Zoom (registration required)



Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University

The Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) at Deakin University is seeking HDR candidates for a range of projects, and has several scholarships available. The projects cover many aspects of physical activity and nutrition research, including lab-based projects, clinical research, public health, smart technology and implementation science.  Opportunities are open to domestic and international students currently living in Australia. For details on all available opportunities, please click here.

What we're reading, watching and listening to

🎧 Contain this podcast: Indo-Pacific Health Leaders Series: Dr Anung Sugihantono, Indonesia
Australian Ambassador for Regional Health Security, Dr Stephanie Williams, speaks with Dr Anung Sugihantono. Dr Anung is currently the Head of the Central Java Governor's COVID-19 taskforce and a senior health security adviser to the Australia-Indonesia Health Security Partnership, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Indonesia, a close neighbor of Australia has been hit hard with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The COVID-19 vaccination is  crucial to Indonesia's economic and social recovery.
📺Are we all in this together? A discussion of the global solutions for the global challenges of COVID
An expert panel, chaired by Prof Nathan Grills (Senior Research Advisor at Australia India Institute; Public Health Physician at Nossal Institute), discuss the challenge, and the importance, of providing equitable interventions and explore various solutions to face this global #COVID-19 challenge together. A seminar presented by the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Australian Global health Alliance and the Melbourne Population and Global Health Students Society.
📖Link between COVID-19 and Sepsis: George Institute
Three leading organizations specialising in sepsis research and treatment, have published a consensus paper highlighting the link between SARS-CoV-2 and sepsis. The paper notes that patients critically ill with COVID-19 have viral sepsis, despite there being some differences from sepsis caused by other pathogens. Patients with severe COVID-19 suffer from multi-organ dysfunction, including acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), vasodilatory shock, acute kidney injury, coagulopathy, and impaired brain, heart and gastrointestinal function - all these represent common clinical manifestations of sepsis.

📖Whose pandemic is it anyway? The Global Fund 
Until now, children were largely protected from illness or death from COVID-19, often showing very mild symptoms if any. But new variants that have evolved over the past year seem to be able to affect children far more, and countries like Brazil are seeing unusually high death rates from COVID-19 in children. An op-ed from Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund
🎧Good Will Hunters Podcast: Winter Series on Water for Development, hosted by Michael Wilson and Rosie Wheen.
In episode 3 of Good Will Hunters Winter Series on Water for Development, hosts Michael Wilson and Rosie Wheen are looking at the role and importance of water for human development, with Alison Baker and Navara Kiene. Alison is the Fund Manager of Water for Women, and Navara is Director of Programs and WaterAid.
📖‘Humanitarian disaster’: Why Australia must help fight Indonesia’s spiralling COVID catastrophe

Human rights organisations are pleading with the federal government to deliver urgent assistance in vaccines and oxygen to Indonesia as our near neighbour battles a terrifying third wave of COVID-19. “This is scary,” said Andreas Harsono, a Human Rights Watch researcher in Jakarta, where many hospitals are full and the death toll is rising rapidly rising in Indonesia’s biggest COVID outbreak since the start of the pandemic. “The situation in Indonesia is verging on a catastrophe,” warned Amnesty International’s Tim O’Connor.

📖Is it more infectious? Is it spreading in schools? This is what we know about the Delta variant and kids

The Delta variant is surging across the globe, and the World Health Organization warns it will rapidly become the world’s dominant strain of COVID-19. Delta is more infectious than the Alpha variant, and preliminary data suggest children and adolescents are at greater risk of becoming infected with this variant, and transmitting it. Is this true? And with Sydney school students set to begin term 3 remotely, what’s the best way to manage school outbreaks? Let’s take a look at the evidence.


Burnet Institute
Research Officer - Maternal and Perinatal Health
Location: Melbourne
Research Assistant - Adolescent Health
Location: Melbourne
Principal Research Fellow - Immunisation and Vaccines
Location: Melbourne
The George Institute
Research Assistant - Advocacy and Policy Impact (Food Policy)
Location: Sydney
Masters by Research Scholarship Opportunity: Discharge planning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children following burn injury - Safe Pathways
Location: Sydney
PhD Scholarship Opportunity: Upscaling the Management of Hypertension in GP practices in Australia
Location: Sydney
Executive Manager Clinical and Research Services 
Location: Melbourne
Policy Cures Research
Senior Analyst, Neglected Diseases 
Location: Europe or Australia
Results International (Australia)
Advocacy and Campaigns Manager
Location: North Sydney
Nossal Institute for Global Health
Technical Advisor - Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
Location: Melbourne
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