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Introduction

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) strategic priorities and technical workplans guide WHO activities and programs across the world. However, the WHO often relies on the expertise, advice and cooperation of WHO Collaborating Centres (WHOCC) to deliver on the priorities and execute its workplans. Currently there are around 800 WHOCCs in more than 80 member countries. They support the WHO’s implementation agenda across a wide range of activities in partnership with the WHO.

Definition

WHOCCs are institutions (or subunits thereof) that have been designated by the Director-General to support the WHO as part of a global network. The designation is a recognition of the institution’s historical collaboration with the WHO and outlines a schedule for a future program of work.

Following at least two years of successful joint activities, the WHO may propose to formalise the relationship by designating the eligible institution as a WHOCC. It is not possible for institutions to self-nominate. This is a time-limited agreement – typically four years – during which the WHOCC will undertake specific activities that contribute to the WHO priorities and workplans at a global or regional level.

WHOCCs are often smaller subsections of a host institution, typically universities, research institutes, hospitals, academies or governments. The designation itself is tied to the specific organisational unit – department, laboratory or centre – that has been collaborating with the WHO. Designations are non-transferable and are linked to the organisational unit and not to the individual Centre Director or other staff members.

Function and Incentives

WHOCCs are designated across a wide range of public health areas, reflecting the diversity of WHO core functions. These can include data collection, disease classification, training, capacity-building, technical advice and more. As such, individual workplans of the WHOCCs are planned and implemented in collaboration with the WHO, directly aligned with WHO strategic plans and linked to the relevant technical areas.

The WHOCC mechanism is grounded in a win-win relationship. That is, the WHO can access world class institutional capacity for support of its activities and avoid duplication of effort where in-country expertise already exists. Meanwhile, WHOCC host institutions enjoy increased visibility, recognition and the associated benefits at a national and international level.

WHOCC designations are separate from financial support from the WHO. Indeed, in most cases the WHOCC is required to cover the costs through core budget for the agreed work program and, possibly, by mobilising additional resources. This does not prevent WHO from co-contributing financially for activities beyond the agreed work program, provided there is funding available.

WHO Collaborating Centre

Name of Host Institution 

Location

Director(s)

WHO Collaborating Centre for Drug Quality Assurance
 

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
 

ACT

Dr Lisa Kerr
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for the Family of International Classifications
 

Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW)
 

ACT

Mr. Michael Frost
 


WHO Collaborating Centre for the Quality Assurance of Vaccines and Other Biologicals
 

Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
 

ACT

Dr Lisa Kerr
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building on HIV and STI Care, Treatment and Support
 

The Albion Centre
 

NSW

Professor Julian Gold
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for eHealth
 

UNSW Sydney
 

NSW

Emeritus Professor Siaw-Teng Liaw and A/Prof Rohina Joshi
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Evidence-based NCD Program Implementation
 

University of Newcastle, Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour
 

NSW

Professor John Wiggers
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Injury Prevention and Trauma Care
 

The George Institute for Global Health
 

NSW

Co-directors: Dr Margaret Peden & Dr Jagnoor Jagnoor
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
 

University of New South Wales
 

NSW

Professor John Kaldor and A/Prof Susana Vaz Nery
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development
 

University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
 

NSW

Ms. Michele Rumsey
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity
 

University of Sydney
 

NSW

Professor Adrian Bauman & Professor Stephen Colagiuri
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Population Salt Reduction
 

The George Institute for Global Health
 

NSW

Professor Jacqui Webster
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Sexually Transmitted Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance
 

NSW HP Microbiology, The Prince of Wales Hospital
 

NSW

Monica Lahra
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Strengthening Rehabilitation Capacity in Health Systems
 

University of Sydney
 

NSW

Professor Emerita Gwynnyth Llewellyn and Dr Kim Bulkeley (Co-Directors)
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for the Elimination of Asbestos Related Diseases
 

Asbestos Diseases Research Institute
 

NSW

Associate Professor Sonja Klebe
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Tuberculosis
 

The University of Sydney
 

NSW

Professor Ben Marais
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Air Quality and Health
 

International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health
 

QLD

Distinguished Professor Lidia Morawska
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Children’s Health & Environment
 

The University of Queensland
 

QLD

Professor Paul Jagals
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Malaria
 

Australian Defence Force Malaria and Infectious Disease Institute
 

QLD

Professor Dennis Shanks
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Education and Research Capacity Building
 

James Cook University
 

QLD

Professor Caryn West
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Leptospirosis
 

Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services
 

QLD

Ms. Megan Staples
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention
 

Griffith University
 

QLD

Associate Professor Kairi Kolves
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Tuberculosis Bacteriology
 

Pathology Queensland Central laboratory at Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital
 

QLD

Dr Chris Coulter
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Vector-borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases
 

James Cook University
 

QLD

Professor Maxine Whittaker & Professor Peter Leggat (Co-directors)
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Advancing Health in All Policies Implementation
 

SA Health
 

SA

Professor Katina D'Onise
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Mass Gatherings and Global Health Security
 

Flinders University
 

SA

Professor Paul Arbon
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Sexually Transmitted Infections Point-of-Care Testing
 

Flinders University
 

SA

Professor Mark Shephard & Dr Susan Matthews (Co-Directors)
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Adolescent Health
 

The Royal Children’s Hospital & The University of Melbourne.
 

VIC

Professors Susan Sawyer & Professor George Patton (Co-directors)
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Anaemia Detection and Control
 

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)
 

VIC

Associate Professor Sant-Rayn Pasricha
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance
 

Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne
 

VIC

Professor Ben Howden & Professor Kirsty Buising (Co-Directors)
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Bioethics
 

Monash University - Centre for Human Bioethics
 

VIC

Dr. Zeb Jamrozik
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Child Health
 

Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI)
 

VIC

Professor Julie Bines
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Diagnostics and Laboratory Support for HIV/AIDS and other Blood-borne Infections
 

NRL - an operating division of St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research
 

VIC

Dr. Philippa Hetzel & Mr Wayne Dimech (Co-Directors )
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Workforce Regulation
 

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
 

VIC

Mr Nick Lord
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Law & Noncommunicable Disease
 

McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer based at Cancer Council Victoria
 

VIC

Ms. Hayley Jones
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Leadership in Health Promotion
 

Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth)
 

VIC

Dr. Sandro Demaio
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Mycobacterium Ulcerans
 

Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) – Mycobacterium Reference Laboratory (MRL)
 

VIC

Professor Paul Johnson
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention and Related Research and Training
 

Institute for Health Transformation, Deakin University
 

VIC

A/Prof. Gary Sacks and A/Prof. Kathryn Backholer
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Radiation Protection
 

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA)
 

VIC

Dr. Rick Tinker
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza
 

Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
 

VIC

Professor Kanta Subbarao
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Rickettsioses
 

University Hospital Geelong, Barwon Health
 

VIC

Professor John Stenos
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Child and Neonatal Health
 

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, & The University of Melbourne
 

VIC

Professor Trevor Duke
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health
 

St Vincent’s Hospital
 

VIC

Professor Helen Herrman & Professor Chee Ng (Co-Directors)
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Scabies Control
 

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
 

VIC

Professor Andrew Steer
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for the Prevention of Blindness
 

Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
 

VIC

Professor Mingguang He
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine
 

RMIT University
 

VIC

Distinguished Professor Charlie C Xue
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for UV Radiation
 

Cancer Council Victoria
 

VIC

Craig Sinclair
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Violence and Injury Prevention
 

Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)
 

VIC

Professor Judith Charlton
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis
 

Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
 

VIC

Professor Benjamin Cowie
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Women’s Health
 


University of Melbourne, Centre for Health Equity
 

VIC

Associate Professor Cathy Vaughan
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Ear and Hearing Health
 

Ear Science Institute Australia
 

WA

Sandra Bellekom
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Impact Assessment
 

Curtin University
 

WA

Dr. Ivan Hanigan
 

WHO Collaborating Centre for Research, Training and Consultative Work on Mental Health
 

University of Western Australia, Medical School, Division of Mental Health
 

WA

Emeritus Professor Aleksandar Janca
 

WHO CC for Geospatial Disease Modelling in Australia
 

Telethon Kids Institute
 

WA

Prof Peter Gething