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Action Matrix for Parliamentary Friends of Climate Action

October 14th, 2019|

The 9 Point Plan of Implementable Actions

Download the PDF of the plan.

Media Release: The Health Impacts of Climate Change

August 1st, 2019|

Major report from health peak body: health impacts of climate change in Australia and the Pacific needs whole-of-government attention

31 July 2019, Melbourne: Australia and neighbouring countries in our region are experiencing more deaths, illnesses and injuries from heatwaves, cyclones and other extreme weather events because of climate change.

The Global Health Alliance Australia – a peak body of 47 global health organisations – has released a landmark report Health and climate change: from Townsville to Tuvalu. The report outlines a nine- point plan which calls on Australia’s Federal, State and […]

From Townsville to Tuvalu

July 31st, 2019|

Health and Climate Change in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region

From Townsville to Tuvalu

From Townsville to Tuvalu, from Nillumbik to the Northern Territory, impacts of climate change on our health include potential for increased prevalence of many other conditions: heat illness, asthma, heart disease, anaemia, injuries, and other infectious diseases including diarrhoea. Many of our water sources will become undrinkable. Climate change has even been linked to depression.

Download our report.

The Victorian health industry: a top economic priority for the State Election

October 22nd, 2018|

GLHAM has joined 10 peak bodies and network partners including BioMelbourne Network and AAMRI, endorsing the Joint Industry Statement which is a call to all parties contesting the 2018 state election to adopt positions that recognise and develop the health industry as an economic priority for Victoria.

Media release: Melbourne Consortium gears up to fight the big bugs and the big diseases

August 22nd, 2018|

MEDIA RELEASE: 23rd August, 2018


New report: Melbourne Consortium gears up to fight the big bugs and the big diseases

A report released today has demonstrated that Victoria’s global health sector is at the forefront in responding to the region’s most alarming diseases.

The Global Health Alliance Melbourne was established in 2016 under the leadership of the Hon. John Brumby AO, and facilitates partnerships between a diverse mix of organisations – from universities to hospitals to international non-government organisations (INGOs).

The Alliance has identified the unique strengths of Victoria’s health community, including:

  • Clinical trials: Clinical trial activity in Victoria showed a 62% increase from […]

In Whose Interest? Silencing Charities in Australia

June 22nd, 2018|

In 2017, the Australian Government introduced a package of Bills that it said would address foreign interference in Australian politics.

From the university sector, to charity groups, to free speech think tanks, to the journalists’ union, there is widespread concern about this package of bills. The Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill, for example, would require groups to register every time they undertake communications or lobbying activities on behalf of or with the knowledge of a ‘foreign principal’.

This Bill would have serious impacts on the work of groups like WWF-Australia, Pew Charitable Trusts and Oxfam Australia, who work with […]

Submission into the Foreign Interference Transparency Scheme

June 22nd, 2018|

Global Health Alliance Melbourne wishes to draw to the attention of the Committee what we believe to be the significant unintended consequences of the proposed Bills on the health promotion, international development and medical research activities of our member organisations.

These unintended effects result in part from the incompatibility of the self-registration regime of FITS with the requirements of many international charitable organisations which provide funding to our members (without directing our members’ activities).

Download the submission document.

Partnership principles for non-aboriginal organisations

May 3rd, 2018|

The Global Health Alliance Melbourne is proud to support and promote the partnerships principles that were developed by the Aboriginal Peak Organisation in the Northern Territory, which are designed to guide the development of a partnership-centred approach for non-Aboriginal organisations engaging in the delivery of services or development initiatives in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. These principles have Australia-wide relevance and application.

Download the document here.

Media Release: Foreign Donations bill will make Victorians sick!

February 5th, 2018|

In Federal parliamentary hearings in Melbourne today, the Global Health Alliance – a partnership of organisations working in global health – warned that new foreign donation laws could compromise crucial international medical research partnerships and health promotion work.

Executive Director, Mischa Coleman, told the Committee that the health of Victorians could be put at risk. “Under this Bill, Australian scientists who get international philanthropic funds for their work may not be able to use those funds to tell the public about their findings,” Coleman said.

Speaking with Federal MPs, Coleman gave the example of an outbreak of flesh-eating bacteria, […]

Health Research in Donations Crossfire

February 5th, 2018|

Sunday Times, Perth

Health Research in Donations Crossfire

Misha Coleman discusses the findings by Scientists researching flesh-eating bacteria and the risk it places on Australians in light of the Government’s proposed crackdown on foreign donations.

Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill 2017

February 1st, 2018|

The following is a submission with respect to the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017. The Global Health Alliance Melbourne (GLHAM) represents 28 Victorian-based organisations that work in global and indigenous health. We recognise the enormous support that the Federal Government has provided to the medical research sector in Australia, implementing a number of significant initiatives such as the Medical Research Future Fund and supporting the development of medical research and public health programs to improve the health of all Australians. We also understand the concerns the Government has in relation to international donations […]

The impact of foreign donations legislation

December 12th, 2017|

From The World Today

Misha Coleman and Clive Hamilton discuss the new legislation surrounding foreign donations and its impact on Australian charities and research organisations. Listen to the audio file.

Government crackdown on foreign donations could have catastrophic impact, charities say

December 12th, 2017|

From by Thomas Oriti, The World Today:

Australian charities and research organisations are calling for further clarity around the Federal Government’s crackdown on foreign interference, saying it could have a catastrophic impact on their work. Read the full story at the ABC.

New plan concerns charities

December 12th, 2017|

Charities, NGOs and research groups are unhappy about the Federal Government’s proposed foreign donations crackdown. The Government says its new laws will help fight foreign espionage and interference. It wants to create a new offence that would make it illegal to covertly interfere with Australian politics on behalf of another country, coupled with a new register for foreign lobbyists, and a ban on political donations from overseas. Charities say they will be caught in the crossfire.

Read the full story at Research Centre.

‘Chilling effect’: Charities slam foreign donations ban

December 12th, 2017|

From the Sydney Morning Herald by Nicole Hasham:

Household-name charities receiving overseas funding would be prevented from advocating for social and environmental causes if their activity is deemed political, under a Turnbull government plan. The government on Tuesday announced a foreign influence and interference package to “strengthen our democracy and  … ensure that decisions are made based on Australia’s national interest, not anyone else’s.” Read the full story at SMH.

Make a Submission

December 12th, 2017|

The Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017

Submissions close Thursday 25 January 2018

Inquiry website:

Information about the Bill is available here.

Media Release: New Donation Laws will Harm Advancement of Medicine and Could Cost Lives

December 6th, 2017|

A coalition of doctors and health experts from the Global Health Alliance are warning new foreign donation laws could compromise crucial international medical research partnerships that deliver positive health outcomes and save lives in developing countries.

Global Health Alliance Members are calling on all Federal MPs to put in place protections to ensure the legislation arising from the Inquiry into the Conduct of the 2016 Federal Election: Foreign Donations does not inhibit the advancement of medicine.

Associate Professor Helen Evans, AO, an Alliance Board Member and a former Deputy CEO at the Global Fund to Fight AIDs, TB and […]

The Victorian International Health Economic Impact Study

July 28th, 2017|

The Victorian International Health Economic Impact Study has now commenced and will comprise of two parallel and interconnected pieces of work that will map and quantify the global health sector in Melbourne:

  1. The Baseline International Health Economic Impact Study for Victoria
  2. Mapping the capacity and showcasing the expertise of the Alliance’s member organisations

The Department of Health and Human Services requires a robust analysis of the economic impacts of the international health (global health) activities taking place within the State of Victoria, to form the baseline for Victoria’s International Health Strategy, 2016-2020.

The State of […]

Submission to Australian Government’s Foreign Policy White Paper

June 3rd, 2017|

A detailed submission was lodged with the Australian Government in early June 2017, for their White Paper released on 10th November 2017.  It outlines the benefits of investing in global health, and that the outcome is in Australia’s national interests.

Want a quick breakdown of returns made on investment in global health?  Read our summary of the Alliance’s submission to the Foreign Policy White Paper.

Read the full submission from GLHAM which outlines how investing in global health is in Australia’s national interests.