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Pacific Health Governance: Knowledge Translation for SDG Implementation

  • University of Queensland Saint Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia Australia (map)

Hosted by UQ’s School of Public Health, in collaboration with UQ International Development, Abt Associates, TNC Pacific Consulting and the Centre for Policy Futures, the workshop aims to facilitate a meeting of scholars and practitioners from Australia and the Pacific region who work on issues related to health, governance and development. The workshop will explore the health and development of the region within the context of the unfolding UN Sustainable Development agenda. The event is designed to map research needs for the region in terms of four major themes, with the objective to facilitate the construction of research agendas for policy by means of co-creation activities. The workshop will be the first in a series of events designed to broker networks and partnerships for research and innovation for health in the region.

Workshop organisers and sponsors have set out to organise an event that is deliberately different from standard conferences. An emphasis has been placed on seeking funding for travel scholarships to bring Pacific voices, scholars and practitioners to the event in order to construct research agendas that are Pacific-driven, respond to needs and create agendas for joint research and action. Keynote speakers, panellists and chairs will include leading scholars and practitioners in Pacific affairs and global health governance, with space for dialogue and an opportunity for researchers, funders and practitioners from the region to discuss research needs and collaboration opportunities.


Workshop Opening: Thursday 15th of February 5pm-7pm
Registration and Welcome Reception (includes Guest Speaker).
An opportunity to network with fellow delegates and hear from the first guest speaker for the program.

Workshop: Friday 16th of February 8am - 5pm
Full Workshop Day: 8:00am for 8:30am start. Concluding at 5:00pm.

Part One: Welcome and Keynote Address
Keynote: Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director General, Pacific Community (SPC)

Dr Colin Tukuitonga was formerly the Director of SPC’s Public Health Division and served as overall Director-General since January 2014. His previous roles include: Chief Executive Officer of the New Zealand Government’s Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs; Associate Professor of Public Health and Head of Pacific and International Health at the University of Auckland; Director of Public Health, New Zealand Ministry of Health; and Head of Surveillance and Prevention of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases at the World Health Organization, Switzerland.

Part Two: Thematic Breakout Sessions (each session to run concurrently)

Theme 1: Health and security and the region - Includes pandemics, biosecurity, preparedness, International Health Regulations, gender-based violence, trauma and poverty, emergencies and catastrophic events.
Theme 2: Health systems and universal health - Encompassing workforce, training, mobility and health seeking, urban health, coverage and capacities, health rights.
Theme 3: Climate change and WASH - Analyses of fresh water, sanitation, zoonotic disease, One Health, climate change and threats to health, health security, climate change and mobility. 
Theme 4: Non-Communicable Disease - Including trade and health, food security, access to medicines, cancer, mental health, unhealthy commodities.

The 4 thematic streams are wide ranging and reflect the diverse challenges and opportunities for health and policy in the region all in the context of the unfolding SDG agenda. These concurrent sessions will be co-chaired by Australian and Pacific Island researchers and practitioners who will provide lead inputs to kick start a conversation that is designed to address key questions and issues such as where are the capacity and research needs and how can we best provide research to help Pacific health under the SDG agenda . This will use a modified talanoa method with a facilitator engaging with delegates to contribute their experience to develop the conversation further.

Part Three: Closing Session

Facilitators will report back and draw conclusions on research needs and capacities from each of the thematic breakout sessions.

Optional Breakfast Meeting: Saturday 17th of February at 9:00am

Additional informal networking opportunity to further discussions from the workshop day. Location to be advised, participation will be at delegates own expense.



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Later Event: February 27
JEE Alliance Advisory Board meeting