Events Calendar 2023 2023-09-14T00:01:56+10:00

Events Calendar 2023

Australian Global Health Film Festival returns this October

20 October – 1 November 2023 | Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Perth

We’re excited to be hosting our second Australian Global Health Film Festival this October.

On the back of our successful inaugural festival last year, in 2023 we’re thrilled to be hitting the road with screenings in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Perth.

Head to our dedicated Festival Page for all latest information and to book your tickets.


39th NRL Workshop on infectious disease testing

9th – 11th October 2023 | The Pullman, Adelaide | Details

The Australian NRL Workshop is a premier event that unites scientists, IVD manufacturers, regulators, researchers, clinicians and laboratory personnel, who work in infectious disease pathology

ACFID National Conference 2023 – Global Development 2.0:
disruptive dynamics, inspired ideas

18-19 October 2023 | The Roundhouse, UNSW, Sydney | Details

This year, as our sector comes together physically after three years, ACFID Conference 2023 turns our attention to the passion, the expertise and the energy that can be found in all corners of the world from the innovators, the youth and the extraordinary people and organisations that are not sitting down and waiting.

From what is being overhauled, to what’s around the corner, join us to discuss:

  • What partnerships and collaborations are needed to push systemic change at the top, so grassroots organisations can continue the work on the ground?
  • Which donors are prepared to disrupt the current funding models and how can civil society access them?
  • What technology is emerging that can be harnessed for collective impact?
  • How do we support and elevate the wisdom of traditional knowledge and the vision of our youth?

We know top-down approaches are the way of the past. It’s time to truly listen to those most affected and work alongside them in support of a better way.

Australasian Aid conference

5-7 December 2023 | Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Canberra | Details

The aim of AAC2023 is to bring together researchers from across Australia, the Pacific, Asia and beyond who are working on aid and international development policy (the AID in the conference acronym) to share insights, promote collaboration, and support development within the research community. With more than 600 people attending in 2022, the AAC has established itself as Australia’s premier aid and development conference.

Past Events 2022

3rd Australasian COVID-19 Conference 

27-28 July 2023 I Sofitel Brisbane Central I Details

For over three years, the world has been preoccupied with the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the resulting COVID-19 pandemic, including the rapid development of treatments and vaccines. The pandemic has challenged the social and political structures of all countries and has had an impact on the lives of people at a global level.

To respond to this evolving challenge, ASHM, with support of key stakeholders made the decision to run a one-day COVID-19 in September 2021 conference, virtually. In 2022, the conference was held for a second time as a hybrid event in Sydney on 21-22 July. This event was convened by Professor Sharon Lewin, AO, Director of the Peter Doherty Institute and Professor Allen Cheng, Director of the Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology unit at Alfred Health.

Abstract submissions are OPEN until 24 February 2023. Read submission guidelines.

Finish the Fight Against Malaria Global Congress

25 – 26 May 2023 | Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne | Details 

The two-day Congress brings respected malaria experts, governments, NGO’s, corporates, Rotarians and non-Rotarians together in Melbourne, Australia; to share, educate and discuss how to Finish the Fight Against Malaria.

Malaria is treatable and curable, yet a child still dies of it almost every minute. This is the tragedy we must stop together.

#NavigatingHealth: A solutions focused collaboration in healthcare

Join Parliamentary Friends of Women’s Health Morning Tea with our co-chairs Peta Murphy MP and Bridget Archer MP

Wednesday 29 March | 11:00am – 12:00pm | Committee Room 2S3,Parliament House, Canberra | Details

Health system complexity is a challenge faced by patients, carers, professionals and policy makers everyday. #NavigatingHealth is a solutions focused collaboration across people and organisations nationally and globally. We are connecting change makers, addressing silos and elevating enablers: Right PatientRight CareRight TimeEvery Time.

Victorian launch of Lancet Series

The Lancet | Thursday 30 March | 7:30am – 9:15 AM (UTC+11) | Conversation Quarter, State Library Victoria| Details

Join us for breakfast and learn more about the new Lancet Series on commercial determinants of health and what this means for your work.

Commercial determinants of health look at the products and practices in our society that contribute to our ill health and health inequity. In this series we’ll unpack our bold vision for a world in which people are free from harms caused by commercial forces, and supported to live with dignity, in good health, and with a full sense of wellbeing; a world in which human and planetary health are higher priorities than profit

You’ll hear from Lancet Series authors Jenn Lacy-Nichols and Professor Sharon Friel, as well as Victorian public health experts and community as they unpack the complexity and discuss what public health practitioners, academics, health professionals, policy leaders and community organisations can do.

Alliance Annual Congress | Australian Global Health Alliance

Tuesday 6 December | 1.30-4.30pm (AEDT) | Online | REGISTER

Global health diplomacy is critical to the attainment of health equity and sustainable development for all. The determinants of health (commercial, legal, political, environmental and social) cannot be resolved at a technical level alone and require a range of conversations with a range of stakeholders. At the same time global health diplomacy is the work of all of us, from Global Health Ambassadors to researchers to humanitarian and health agencies and those with lived experience of burdens of disease.

This year the Australian Global Health Alliance in partnership with the Australian Network of WHO Collaborating Centres invites you to join the annual online Alliance Global Health Congress for a wide ranging discussion on the multi-faceted world of Global Health Diplomacy. What it means, who does this work – and who and what should be empowered more in our work as we strive to build healthier and more equitable societies around the world.

We will share these conversations with distinguished leads in global health diplomacy regionally and globally and hear from intergenerational voices as we look to challenges and opportunities of the future.

With guests (see full bios)

Dr Eric Goosby
UN Special Envoy on TB; Director of Global Health Diplomacy, University of California; Former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (Obama Administration) and Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy (Clinton Administration)

Kim Allen
Chairperson, Commonwealth Youth Council; Member, Pacific Island Forum Secretary General’s Young Climate Leaders Alliance

Prof Catherine Chamberlain
Head of the Indigenous Health Equity Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

Dr Renzo Guinto
Associate Professor of the Practice of Global Public Health and Inaugural Director of the Planetary and Global Health Program, St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine, Philippines

Hayley Jones
Director of the McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer in Melbourne (a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Law & Noncommunicable Disease)

Dr Ying-Ru Jacqueline Lo
WHO Representative to Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Dr Selina Namchee Lo
Executive Director, Australian Global Health Alliance

Anders Nordström
Ambassador for Global Health, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Secretary of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPPR)

Dr Muhammad Ali Pate
Julio Frenk Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Immediate past Director of the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents, World Bank

Dr Farnaz Sabet
General Practitioner; Global Adolescent Health Researcher, Centre for Adolescent Health, Melbourne Children’s Global Health

Jennifer Tierney
Executive Director, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Australia

Dr Stephanie Williams
Australian Ambassador for Regional Health Security, DFAT

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day Parliamentary Breakfast

Results International (Australia) | In-person at Parliament House, Canberra | 20 March 2023 | RegisterThe Australian TB Caucus will host a breakfast to mark World TB Day and discuss solutions to end TB. The breakfast will feature a panel discussion with TB experts Prof Ben Marais (University of Sydney) and Dr Catherine Berry (MSF); and Jo Chandler, a survivor of MDR-TB. The Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Hon Pat Conroy MP, will also speak at the breakfast. Around 1.6 million people die from tuberculosis annually, the majority in our region. We have the solutions to end TB. We have better treatments and tools for diagnosis, and we know what works to prevent new infections. We just need the political will to expand access.

Pacific School Health Promotion Futures | Monash University 

21 February 2023 | Face-to-face at Monash University Clayton Campus, Melbourne & online on Zoom | Details

Please join us as we consider the future of school health promotion in the Pacific region.  This seminar is the first in a series of dialogues that aim to bring together key stakeholders from across the region and provide a platform for discussion and innovation in school health promotion. The major aim of this first seminar is for us to consider how schools can best contribute to the health and wellbeing of students, teachers, and the broader school community moving forward. The seminar will adopt a futures based approach to consider what  school health promotion might be in 2050.

Accelerating Australia’s next Cochlear | The George Institute

18 October 2022 | 1:00pm (AEST) |Online or in person | Level 5, 1 King Street, Newton | Register and find out more hereHealth 10x is on a mission to accelerate Australia’s next Cochlear. Health 10x was designed to support startups focused on solving the world’s biggest health challenges. Join us to learn just how we do it and hear from startups including nuroflux and Cardiobionic who are disrupting health systems and challenging the global health landscape.

Australian Global Health Film Festival | Australian Global Health Alliance

The inaugural Australian Global Health Film Festival wrapped up on 25 August with the screening of Dear Future Children at Cinema Como Melbourne. We were delighted to have Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah, MP for Higgins, welcoming the event with inspiring words about commitment to the next generation of young leaders and global health, some of whom were part of the panel discussion after the screening. This was our first collaboration with Global Health Film and thank you to everyone who made the festival a success, including members, sponsors, partners, and especially the moderators, panelists (made up from the Australian Global Health Alliance membership base of experts), directors and audiences who made the hard work online and in person so worthwhile. If you missed any of the panels you can find them here.

Melbourne Children’s Global Health Forum

20 October 2022 | 12:30pm (AEST) | Online | Register here.

Melbourne Children’s Global Health is thrilled to be hosting a FREE forum discussing water-sanitation management and reduced environmental contamination. Professor Karin Leder will talk about the transdisciplinary RISE project, which is investigating the impact of improved water-sanitation management and reduced environmental contamination on health outcomes among residents living in informal communities in Fiji and Indonesia.

Digital Health and AI Roundtable Discussion | WHOCC Network

The Australian WHOCC Network (hosted by the Alliance) and the Centre for Eye Research Australia hosted a Digital Health and AI Roundtable Discussion.

The session, held in-person at Treetops Melbourne Museum and online, was an opportunity to learn, network with and share Digital Health and AI expertise and knowledge amongst the WHO Collaborating Centre network and with other global health institutions and government representatives.

Collaboration for Health Equity | Australian Global Health Alliance and Day Four Projects

At this webinar, members of the Executive and Advisory Board of AGHA shared their insights into why we established the Alliance and how it is working to affect systems change. As well, members of the Alliance joined our Executive to offer unique perspectives into how the collaboration is changing the global health landscape.