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WHO Collaborating Centre on Implementation Research for Prevention and Control of NCDs

Brian Oldenburg is Professor of Non-Communicable Disease Control located in the Nossal Institute for Global Health in the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre of Implementation Research for Prevention & Control of NCDs. The core aims of the centre include supporting WHO training & capacity building efforts to improve national research capacity for NCD prevention and control with a special focus on implementation research.  It also aims to collaborate with WHO on the collection, collation and dissemination of information on evidence-based interventions and national multi-sectoral action plans, in particular, assessment of national research activities for NCD prevention and control.  In addition, this WHOCC supports implementation and evaluation of policies, plans and programs for NCD prevention and control with a focus on systematic monitoring implementation of national NCD plans and program. The main activities of the collaborating centre include organising international workshops on strengthening the national capacity for NCD research, conducting assessment of national capacity for NCD research, and monitoring the implementation of national multi-sectoral NCD programs.

WHO Collaborating Centre for Vector-borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases

James Cook University hosts the WHO Collaborating Centre for Vector-borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases, which works with partners and other organisations to support the control of vector-borne and neglected tropical diseases.

The Centre aims to:

  • Support WHO capacity building priorities (including clinical, public health and social sciences) for effective control of vector-borne diseases (VBD) and neglected tropical diseases (NTD).
  • Support the scale up and evaluation of WHO recommended vector control methods and other NTD control and elimination strategies.
  • Develop innovative and sustainable NTD surveillance strategies, particularly post-elimination surveillance according to WHO priorities.
  • Demonstrate sustainable early detection, prevention and management of lymphatic filariasis-related morbidity through integrated service delivery with other primary healthcare interventions according to WHO priorities.
  • Participate in collaborative operational research under WHO’s leadership, including early detection, prevention and management of chronic morbidities and effective tools for vector control.

WHO Collaborating Centre for eHealth

The UNSW School of Public Health & Community Medicine is designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for eHealth, with Professor Siaw-Teng Liaw as Head of the Centre. The vision is global eHealth development, implementation, research and capacity building, particularly in the Asia Pacific countries. This includes the integration of citizen and community engagement, social enterprise and eHealth practice and principles to achieve and sustain integrated person-centred health services that are safe and effective, accessible, equitable and culturally appropriate.

WHO Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Loss

In 2019, Ear Science Institute Australia’s global excellence in research and clinical services was recognised by the World Health Organization as the world’s sixth Collaborating Centre for Ear and Hearing Care. Learn more about the WHO Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Loss from its Director, Dr Sandra Bellekom, who is also the CEO of the Ear Science Institute Australia.

WHO Collaborating Centre for Air Quality and Health

The International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, a WHO Collaborating Centre for Air Quality and Health, has been the driving force behind establishing the Australia-China Centre for Air Quality Science in Management. The Australia-China Centre for Air Quality Science in Management was launched in Beijing in December 2014, with the aim to provide a platform for joint research on the multi-dimensional problem of air pollution and its impact on human health and the environment, and an input into national policies to enable informed, efficient and regulated management and control.