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In this edition

Budget 2020-21: Key Facts and Figures

It's the day after Budget Day, and we are sure that many of you haven't had a great deal of sleep, staying up late poring over the facts and figures handed down.

Our focus, as always, was directed towards Australia's Official Development Assistance (ODA) announcement. 

With $4bn allocated to ODA, plus an additional $304.7m COVID19 response package for the Pacific and Timor-Leste, we are pleased to see an effective increase in the aid budget for the first time since 2013-14.

This additional funding is a welcome, and important one-off investment to support our neighbouring countries through the economic and social challenges presented by the pandemic. But more information will be required as to how this funding will be spent in order to understand its true impact in the region.

You can read Global Health Alliance Australia and Pacific Friends of Global Health's current analysis of the key facts and figures here. 

We are hiring! Seeking a Government Relations and Malaria Awareness Coordinator

Come and join our team! This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic self-starter to consolidate and support Australia’s malaria expertise, through the formation of strong government relations, a strategic network, partnerships, public relations and awareness-raising activity. The Government Relations and Malaria Awareness Coordinator is a 2 day/week role, for an initial 12-month contract, with the possibility of an extension. For the full position description, and to apply, head to Ethical Jobs. 

Member-only event: UNAIDS Strategy Development Focus Group Discussion

Global Health Alliance Australia members are invited to attend a focus group discussion to help inform the future direction of the Global AIDS Strategy.

HIV Services in Humanitarian Contexts: Leaving No-One Behind
Friday 9th October 2020 at 12-2pm AEDT
Register here to attend

Please register by 12pm Thursday 8th October

This event, presented in collaboration with UNAIDS, Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) and National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA), will bring together community, health providers, policy makers and humanitarian emergency agencies to explore the successes, challenges and opportunities of the HIV response within Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Timor-Leste and the Pacific.

First Australian Network of WHO Collaborating Centres virtual forum: 11 November 2020

The Australian Network of WHO Collaborating Centres will be hosting their first virtual 2020 Forum on the 11th November at 2pm (AEDT). This event will bring together all the 52 Australian WHOCCs and distinguished guests from WHO WPRO and the Australian Government. Special guest speaker Dr. Stephanie Williams, Australia’s Ambassador for Regional Health Security, will provide insights about health security in the region in relation to COVID19. Stay tuned for more details! 

The Global Fund Partnership Has Saved 38 Million Lives – But COVID-19 Could Wipe Out Progress

The Global Fund partnership has saved 38 million lives since 2002, including 6 million in 2019 alone, a new report finds.

However, much of that progress could now be lost due to the knock-on effects of COVID-19. Deaths and infections from HIV, TB and malaria could skyrocket in the next 12 months, the report warns.

Survey finds majority of Australians in support of COVID-19 vaccine and fair allocation system: ChildFund

Nearly 8 out of 10 Australians believe vaccines prevent infectious diseases and will access a new COVID-19 vaccine if it is available and properly tested, a ChildFund Australia survey shows.

The Essential Report polling for ChildFund Australia also found that:


  • 78 per cent of Australians polled said they would take a COVID-19 vaccine if it was properly tested and released.
  • 76% of people believe Australia should help neighbouring countries rollout COVID-19 immunisation programs if a safe and tested vaccine is released.
  • 79% believe there should be a fair global allocation system for the COVID-19 vaccine so poorer countries are not left behind.

Deakin's new hub for all things COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the health and wellbeing of us all, from our physical and mental health, to the increased burden on our healthcare workers and health systems. Researchers from Deakin University’s Institute for Health Transformation are working to generate new knowledge about COVID-19 and how we can best respond to the pandemic’s impact on all aspects of health and wellbeing, as well as contributing evidence-based advice and commentary to policy development and public debate. You can find out all about their research projects here

Innovation to bring life-saving oxygen therapy to children worldwide in the running for $100m grant: MCRI

100&CHANGE finalist Murdoch Children’s Research Institute & Clinton Health Access Initiative: 
Bringing life-saving oxygen therapy to children worldwide
Dr Hamish Graham, Senior Research Fellow at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, is leading a proposal to improve oxygen delivery in five countries - Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and India - that together make up over one third of the 800,000 deaths each year from hypoxemia.

Partnering with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the proposal is through to the final six of the MacArthur Foundation’s 100 & Change program, with a $US100M grant for the winning world-changing team. Good luck! 

Confidential voice memos for health workers: Nossal Institute for Global Health

If we are to learn valuable lessons around our COVID response capacity, we need real time insights into how decisions are made and their effectiveness. Researchers at the Nossal Institute of Global Health, are giving health workers the opportunity to share their challenges and innovations with the  COVID-19 Health Worker Voices project. Using WhatsApp, researchers are inviting health workers to share their perspectives via private voice memos.  All messages are confidential. Names, workplaces and voices will not be disclosed. If you are a health worker of any type, we would love to hear from you. Just follow the link and message ‘hello’ to get started. 


CONNECTing patients to better outcomes through digital technology: The George Institute 

Digital health apps have the potential to improve health behaviours and outcomes, in an easy and sustainable way. The George Institute's CONNECT trial aimed to examine the effectiveness of a consumer web-based app linked to primary care electronic health records (EHRs), to find out whether the app would positively impact patients with, or at risk of, cardiovascular disease. To hear from The George Institute’s Professor David Peiris, and the University of Sydney’s Professor Julie Redfern about the implications of this study, head here.

NRL Contributes to the Strengthening of HIV Testing in Myanmar

With funding from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and through a cooperative agreement between ICAP at Columbia University and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NRL is supporting the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports to develop, implement and monitor the provision of high-quality HIV testing services, to achieve the 95-95-95 targets amongst all populations by 2030. Two virtual training programs have recently been delivered to approximately 90 participants from the National Health Laboratory, the National AIDS Program, and 17 state and regional hospitals within Myanmar. Learn more. 

MRFF backs Melbourne-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate: Doherty Institute

The Commonwealth Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) has invested almost $3 million into new COVID-19 vaccine candidates developed by a team of researchers from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute), and the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS).
Read the full announcement or watch the video.

What's on in global health

8 October: World Sight Day 2020

21 October: World Polio Day Event Global Citizen, RESULTS Australia, UNICEF Australia, Rotary and Polio Australia
19 - 30 October: The Australian Public Health Conference 2020 has gone virtual! 

11 November: WHO Collaborating Centre Network virtual event, with guest speaker Dr Stephanie Williams

Upcoming (online) events & courses

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Back to school: the evidence behind the return to school and a plan for staying open.
Hear from the team who prepared the COVID-19 in Victorian schools report at the request of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education and Training. Led by Professor Fiona Russell, the team analysed the Victorian school outbreak data, which informed the upcoming return to school in term 4.
In this session, speakers will be describing the details of the report, including the evidence behind the return to school and a plan for staying open. This will be followed by a panellist discussion and Q&A. Panellists will include the co-authors of the report, Fiona Russell, Kathleen Ryan, Sharon Goldfeld, Margie Danchin, Kim Mulholland and Kathryn Snow. We are also pleased to welcome Liana Buchanan, the Commissioner for Children and Young People, to the panel.
Please join us online on Friday 9 October, from 1:00-2:00pm.
Please click here to join the webinar.


The ACIPC Conference Community has been established to deliver quality educational and social networking opportunities to members and stakeholders in the absence of the traditional annual conference. Registration is free and if you are not already a member you can join the Community here.
A vital component of the ACIPC Conference is the contributions made by our peers, as such we are excited to be offering a new look call for presentations for this year's Conference Community.

We invite submissions for the following:
  • Short Oral Presentations
  • Standard Oral Presentations
  • Industry Supplier Presentations
  • Panels and Webinars
  • Experiences and stories from the field
  • Poster Presentations
To ease pressure on authors and help ensure everyone who wishes to contribute to the conference community will have an opportunity, we are pleased to be offering two call for abstracts.
 For those interested in presenting before the end of 2020,
please submit an abstract before 23 October

The Albion Centre

COVID-19 has caused major disruption to the way health services provide care and health education services provide healthcare worker training.  However, high quality professional education on HIV, STIs and BBVs is still available online from Albion Education & Development, and self-isolation or working from home can be a great opportunity to catch up on professional development.  Places in the following courses are available free of charge:

HIV & Ageing

19th October - 22nd November

Acquire Sensible Knowledge - Introduction to HIV for Healthcare Workers

19th October - 22nd November

Don’t forget to check out this calendar for information on other Albion Education & Development courses!   
To apply or seek more information, please contact:


Candid Conversations from the Frontline – Supporting the HIV & Sexual Health Workforce Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

A series of candid conversations from across the region on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the frontline workforce in our sector, as part of the virtual Asia Pacific AIDS & Co-infections Conference. Join us as we discuss what went well in the rapid adaptation of services, what mistakes we can learn from, the innovations healthcare workers hope to continue into the new normal and the importance of protecting the mental health of healthcare workers through uncertainty.

Available on-demand from the 15th to the 17th of October 2020

A Global Response to COVID-19 and HIV: Lessons for Australasia

- Lessons in COVID-19 treatment and vaccination, with Professor Sharon Lewin;
- Lessons in responding to public health emergencies from a human rights perspective, with Professor Chris Beyrer; and   
Lessons in the adaptation of services for people living with HIV in Singapore and the and UK, and from diverse experiences in pandemic control from New Zealand and South Africa 

Recording available free online until November 6th
The Doherty Institute
Introductory course in applied microbial genomics for public health

This course, designed for public health microbiologists and epidemiologists, will introduce concepts and provide practical experience in the analysis and interpretation of microbial genome data for public health action, with a focus on antimicrobial resistance and the application of genomics to the COVID-19 response.

For more information, head here.

Sino-Australia COVID-19 Seminar Series part one - Hong Kong and Australia respond to COVID-19: Epidemiology, policy and practice

All countries have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic but none exactly alike. As we enhance preparedness to future disease events, we can begin to reflect and identify learnings from different locations and policy settings.
Comparing the experiences of Hong Kong and Australia offers potential insight into relative effectiveness of these responses. While the outbreaks, clinical outcomes and policy responses have varied significantly, the role of epidemiological evidence and modelling has remained critical for both. This seminar showcases the expertise of two key researchers from the Doherty Institute and the University of Hong Kong, Professor Jodie McVernon and Professor Benjamin Cowling, to discuss the types of evidence used to inform government decision-making and strategy.

For more information, head here.
The George Institute
Food, COVID-19 and Sensible Policy: Time to #FixFood

The George Institute for Global Health invites you to a virtual #GeorgeTalks on ‘Food, COVID-19 and Sensible Policy: Time to #FixFood’ on Friday 16 October 2020 to mark World Food Day.

We will be joined by renowned American cardiologist, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean and Jean Mayer Professor at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and Professor of Medicine at Tufts Medical School.

Dr. Mozaffarian will outline how our dietary habits are the number one cause of poor health, and the steps we can take to fix food and implement sensible policy, even in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Register Here

University of Melbourne and Government of India
International Conference on 'Mental Health - Looking Beyond COVID19'

8th October, 2020
3:30pm AEDT / 2:30AEST 

Chair: Dr Thaawarchand Gehlot, Honorable Minister
Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India

Co-Chair: Prof. Craig Jeffrey, Director, Australia-India Institute

Full programme.

Live Webcast - join here.

World Polio Day Event 

Wednesday 21 October
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM AEST

Global Citizen, RESULTS Australia, UNICEF Australia, Rotary and Polio Australia are delighted to invite you to a special virtual event to honour World Polio Day 2020! We welcome all who share our passion to ensure polio becomes the second-ever disease eradicated from the world.

It's free so please register soon to reserve your spot! 


Key Granting Bodies 

What we're reading, watching and listening to:

🕮 Out of Africa the African continent is now free of wild polio virus: RESULTS

In 2020, we have had little positive news in global health. But the continent of Africa has just been certified free of wild polio which is a big step towards the goal of eradicating polio globally! RESULTS’ Policy and Advocacy Manager, Mark Rice, discusses the recent good news.
🕮Closing the oxygen gap: Melbourne Children's Global Health

In Australia, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we take oxygen access in our hospitals for granted. But new research is working to ‘close the oxygen gap’ globally and potentially change the world, writes Dr Hamish Graham.
🕮 2020 Goalkeepers Report: Gates Foundation

The Gates Foundation's annual report paints an alarming picture of the current progress of the SDGs - "In recent years, the world has improved on every single one. This year, on the vast majority, we’ve regressed." A must-read.
🎧 Contain This: Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security's Podcast 

In the third episode of their Indo-Pacific Health Leaders Series, Australian Ambassador for Regional Health Security Dr Stephanie Williams speaks to Dr Josephine Herman, Secretary of Health in the Cook Islands.
🕮 Worried you might test positive and put a spanner in Victoria’s COVID roadmap? Monash Sustainable Development Institute
Lockdown won’t be over until the number of positive cases falls. And there’s a risk that a desire to end restrictions might discourage Victorians from getting tested, for fear of adding to the numbers and prolonging the lockdown.  

Great Global Health Jobs and PhD Opportunities

Global Health Alliance Australia
Government Relations and Malaria Awareness Coordinator
Multiple vacancies
ChildFund PNG
Protection Program Manager
The Doherty Institute
Clinical Trial Data Coordinator (ASCOT and SNAP)
Locarnini Fellowship in Virology
The George Institute
Multiple vacancies
Georgia Global Health Alliance
Multiple vacancies 
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Multiple vacancies
Global Health Council
Multiple vacancies 
Marie Stopes International Australia
Health Programs Director - based in Timor-Leste
Melbourne Children's Global Health
Multiple vacancies
Customer Relations and Business Manager
uality and Risk Manager
Save The Children
Multiple vacancies 
Triangle Global Health Consortium
Multiple vacancies
Victorian Infection & Immunity Network
Multiple vacancies
Washington Global Health Alliance
Multiple vacancies
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