Indigenous Health and Indigeneity

The Alliance prioritises the health of Australia’s indigenous people and aims to help close the gap between their health outcomes and those of the wider population.


Open Letter to World Health Organisation Director General

Image: Joel Liddle, senior research officer with the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute based at Alice Springs hospital, processes samples for HTLV-1 testing. Photograph: Anna Cadden for the Guardian

From The Lancet: Australia tackles HTLV-1 (pdf)

From The Sexual Health Society of Queensland: The Sexual Health Society of Queensland’s Submission to the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee inquiry on the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018 (pdf)

From Australian Government Department of Health: Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections

From The Guardian: HTLV-1: major study needed into fatal virus in Indigenous communities

From Imperial College London: Podcast – Cancer-causing virus, feeding the world and updating The Planets

From The Koz Telegram: Scientists: Cancer is an incurable virus is killing people around the world

From PMLiVE: FDA clears Kyowa Kirin’s skin lymphoma therapy Poteligeo

From Particle: Cancer-causing HTLV-1 virus is common in parts of Australia

From Northern Territory Sexual Health Advisory Group (SHAG): HTLV-1 literature review (pdf)

From Northern Territory Government, Centre for Disease Control: HTLV Health Practitioner Fact Sheet (doc)

From Tech Explorist: Cancer-causing virus HLTV-1 changes DNA loops, affecting thousands of genes

From the National Indigenous Times:  Deadly virus sparks meeting in Alice

From Medical Xpress: Virologists call for worldwide effort to eradicate HTLV-1 virus

From The Guardian: Aboriginal groups cautiously welcome Coalition’s $8m pledge to fight HTLV-1

From Xinhua News: Australian taskforce set up to deal with mystery virus in Aboriginal communities

From ABC News Online: Ancient HTLV-1 virus affecting millions to receive ‘rapid action’, Health Minister Greg Hunt signals

From Science Magazine: Scientists are declaring war against a leukemia-causing virus that has infected millions

From the National Indigenous Times: Govt, scientists round on deadly outback virus

From Medical Xpress: Researchers make key discovery about human cancer virus protein

From CTV News: HTLV-1: Why doctors are worried about a virus you’ve likely never heard of

From ABC News Online: WHO urged to act to eliminate ancient virus HTLV-1 found in Australia

From The Lancet: Time to eradicate HTLV-1: an open letter to WHO

From HTLV Aware: Time to eradicate HTLV-1: an open letter to WHO, by Global Virus Network (GVN) Scientists & Activists

From CNN: An emotional call to eradicate ancient cousin of HIV

From The Guardian: What is HTLV-1? The devastating health crisis afflicting central Australia

From the US National Library of Medicine: Human T-Lymphotropic Virus type 1c subtype proviral loads, chronic lung disease and survival in a prospective cohort of Indigenous Australians

From Scielo: Clinical and laboratory features of HTLV-I asymptomatic carriers and patients with HTLV-I-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis from the Brazilian Amazon

From the US National Library of Medicine: The Exceptional Oncogenicity of HTLV-1

From MDPI: HTLV-1, the Other Pathogenic Yet Neglected Human Retrovirus: From Transmission to Therapeutic Treatment (pdf)

From the National Toxicology Program: Scientific Review of Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus Type 1 (HTLV–1)

From the National Toxicology Program: Report on Carcinogens (RoC) Concept: Selected Viruses (pdf)

From the Australian Red Cross: Fact Sheet -I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HTLV (pdf)

From the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute: HTLV-1 Community Survey

From the US National Library of Medicine: The discovery of HTLV-1, the first pathogenic human retrovirus

From the US National Library of Medicine: Epidemiological Aspects and World Distribution of HTLV-1 Infection

From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Epidemiology of Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus Type 1 Infection in Blood Donors, Israel

From The National Centre for Human Retrovirology: Basic information regarding HTLV-1

From The Lancet: Human T-lymphotropic virus 1: recent knowledge about an ancient infection

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 […]

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 […]


August 15th, 2018|

Snakebite claims the lives of between 81,000 to 138,000 people each year, and hundreds of thousands more will live with lifelong disfigurement or receive amputations. But finally, after years of neglect, the voiceless victims […]

Malaria Mapping Project

June 29th, 2018|

From abc.net.au On Pacific Beat with Catherine Graue.

The world’s first malaria digital mapping project aims to give health workers greater access to women and children, living in remote areas like in PNG. Visit the […]

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 […]

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 […]

GLHAM’s response to the HTLV-1 epidemic

June 18th, 2018|

The recent activity by GLHAM in the HTLV-1 epidemic involved amplifying the impact of the letter to the WHO General Assembly through a strategic advocacy and media campaign. GLHAM also created an

Global Health Security: Why Malaria Elimination is a Priority

May 18th, 2018|

By Associate Professor Helen Evans AO FAIIA
09 May 2018

As Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop said at a recent malaria meeting held in London: “The health security of any one nation is only as strong […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

GLHAM Q&A with Robin Davies

November 13th, 2017|

DFAT Centre for Regional Health Security: Centre Head Robin Davies answers all the tough questions at a Q&A in Melbourne on 3rd November 2017.

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 […]

How Seattle became a world leader in Global Health and Development

June 9th, 2017|

SEATTLE, United States — In schools across India this week, schoolchildren are eating pasta disguised as rice kernels and boosted with extra nutrients. At a health clinic in Honduras, a nurse is sterilizing medical instruments […]

Uluru Statement from the heart

May 31st, 2017|

The following is a piece written by University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis.


Each month I circulate a short reflection on issues for the university, trying to capture […]

Media Release: Alliance accepts Aboriginal health challenge

May 9th, 2017|

From the Health Victoria website: A new organisation in Melbourne aims to tackle the health and social inequalities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. The Global Health Alliance Melbourne (GLHAM) hopes to capture Victoria’s health strengths and […]

Announcing the Local to Global Initiative

March 22nd, 2017|

Indigenous people have poor health and social outcomes in comparison with non-Indigenous peoples – therefore efforts to improve this will contribute directly to the eradication of poverty worldwide. GLHAM believes that strengthening networks between people […]

Alliance Developments

January 27th, 2017|

A brief update on the progress of the Alliance since the roundtable in March.

The objectives of the March roundtable were to hear from you as key thought leaders on what you saw as the value […]

Roundtable on global health and development

March 11th, 2016|

In March 2016, GLHAM organized a roundtable bringing together key thought leaders from biomedical research, international development, academia, and the private and public sectors working in global health and development. Maximum daily dose of