2022 Australian Global Health Alliance Congress

December 15th, 2022

Published: December 15th, 2022

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.

The 2022 Australian Global Health Alliance Congress, held in partnership with the Australian Network of WHO Collaborating Centres, was 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. Conversations were shared with distinguished leads in global health diplomacy regionally and globally and from intergenerational voices as we looked to challenges and opportunities of the future.


  • 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


Watch the congress here