University of Melbourne, Nossal Institute for Global Health, Carlton, Australia
The Nossal Institute for Global Health (NIGH) is the University of Melbourne’s new global health institute. It is committed to making a difference to global health practice, learning and research. The institute has a combined focus on development assistance, research and teaching. Through capacity building and partnership, the NIGH works internationally across South and South East Asia, the Mekong, Southern Africa and the Pacific to address global health challenges in regions where public health needs are greatest.
NIGH builds capacity in the Asia Pacific and Southern Africa regions to conduct and disseminate public health research. Focus countries include: India; Cambodia; Vietnam; Indonesia; and Mozambique. The research program functions at three levels: Evidence - The Research Program contributes to the evidence-base essential for effective health planning and sustainable project outcomes. This technical assistance includes rapid assessments, situation analyses, and program evaluation; Training - The institute conducts training in research methods (both qualitative and quantitative), and planning, monitoring and evaluation of public health interventions in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region; and Innovation - Institute staff, students and associates conduct international public health research with the objective of contributing innovative solutions to influence health policy and planning in local settings.
Links to the health workforce crisis
NIGH concentrates its effort in global health practice, learning and research in priority areas: Disease prevention and health promotion; International health education and learning; Health systems strengthening; Infectious disease and tropical health; Program Development and Management. The overall aim is to generate knowledge and learning, linking development practice and evidence based policy to strengthen health systems in low and middle income countries. The Centre takes a multidisciplinary approach to generating high quality evidence and tools to assist countries and donors in strengthening health systems structures and policies. Areas of focus are: Governance and Reform in the Health Sector; Equity, Access and Quality of Services; Management And Planning of Service Delivery; Health Finance; Programme Evaluation; and Building leadership and research capacity in partner country institutions.