Indigenous and First People’s Health 2019-01-25T17:00:53+10:00


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 […]

Budget 2019-20 and Global Health: what’s in and what’s not

April 3rd, 2019|

The 2019-2020 Budget “paints a fraught picture of Australia’s role and ability to positively impact on global health – in terms of what we’re spending through the aid […]

2019 Road Safety Management Leadership Program

April 3rd, 2019|

A Road Safety Leadership Initiative

Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) is holding the next installment of its innovative Road Safety Management Leadership Program in June 2019. […]

U.S. Investments In Global Health Transform Communities Worldwide

February 28th, 2019|

Global Health Council (GHC), based in the United States, is a membership organization “supporting and connecting advocates, implementers, and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide”.

GHC and the global health advocacy community launched […]

Militaries and global health: peace, conflict, and disaster response

January 21st, 2019|

GLHAM member, Security and Health Executive Leadership Institute (SAHELI) was part of the team who worked on the two papers in the Lancet Series on security and global health. The Series explores the relationship between […]

GLHAM member VCS Foundation Partners with Malaysia in Revolutionary R.O.S.E. Solution to Accelerate Cervical Cancer Elimination

January 18th, 2019|

NEWS RELEASE: 17 January 2019

An innovation by Australia’s VCS Foundation (VCSF) and the University of Malaya (UM) is set to make a life-changing difference to Malaysian women by helping prevent cervical cancer – the third […]

New UN Report on Disability and Sustainable Development Goals

December 10th, 2018|

Find out more about the documents that were promoted on International Day of People with Disability:


  • UN’s first flagship report on disability – review of disability and the SDGs across the UN system:


  • UNFPA […]


November 19th, 2018|

‘A top health economist says vaccines are undervalued by society – but their role in combatting antimicrobial resistance could change that’

Read more here.

Vaccinating Against Superbugs by Seth Berkley & Jeremy Farrar

November 19th, 2018|

“The ability to control infectious disease is the bedrock of modern medicine, and vaccines are important tools for keeping such diseases at bay. But vaccines can also limit the spread of drug-resistant strains by reducing […]

Victorian Australian of the Year: Mark Sullivan recognised for his efforts to tackle river blindness

October 25th, 2018|

GLHAM member, Medicines Development for Global Health, is the first pharmaceutical company to receive US approval for the drug moxidectin, which treats river blindness. This is the only second new treatment for this debilitating disease […]

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 […]

16th Edition: Randomised trials in child and adolescent health in developing countries 2017-18

September 12th, 2018|

Each year, Trevor Duke from the Centre for International Child Health at the University of Melbourne compiles annual summaries of the evidence on child and adolescent health derived from randomized or controlled trials in developing […]

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 […]


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 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

Increasing ASEAN Trade and Investment

June 18th, 2018|

GLHAM hosted the global health sector round-table consultation for the ASEAN Trade and Investment Strategy due to be released in August 2018. A number of GLHAM members who are also experts in ASEAN expertise and experience, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jobs in the Sector:

December 19th, 2017|

Burnet Institute

Fred Hollows Foundation

Triangle Global Health Consortium

Victoria Infection and Immunity Network

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Towards 21st century approaches: a speech by Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

December 4th, 2017|

2017 Mitchell Oration – Crawford School of Public Health, Development Policy Centre, Australian National University, Canberra.

  • Opening remarks
    • Thank you both very much, Harold (Mitchell) and Brian (Vice Chancellor, Prof […]

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 […]

Australia India Investment Forum: Connecting Digital Technologies with the Health and Pharma Sectors Opportunities for India Engagement

July 24th, 2017|

The Alliance was invited by the Australia-India Institute to co-chair and co-host this Forum on 24 July, 2017. Supported by the Federal Department of Education and Training and PWC, senior representatives from government, universities, the […]

Water, sanitation and hygiene in remote Indigenous Australia: A scan of priorities

July 15th, 2017|

From the University of Queensland and Water Aid: In remote Australian Indigenous communities, the “familiar story” of poor water, sanitation and hygiene-related health challenges continues – despite documentation of this situation during the past 30 years. […]

Establishment of formal relationships with the Washington, Georgia and North Carolina Global Health Alliances

July 11th, 2017|

Executive Director Misha Coleman has been fortunate to develop close working relationships with the staff of our three sister global health alliances in North America. There is significant potential for collaboration between the Alliances, and […]

Baseline Mapping and Economic Impact Study of the International Health Sector

July 11th, 2017|

In July 2017, the Alliance began work on the Baseline Mapping and Economic Impact Study of the International Health Sector. This included a robust analysis of the economic impacts of the international health (global health) […]

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 […]

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

June 5th, 2017|

From the UN general Assembly:  Despite clear evidence that there can be no health without mental health, nowhere in the world does mental health enjoy parity with physical health in national policies and budgets or […]

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 […]

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 […]

Media Release: Melbourne set to become the Global Health Epicentre of the Southern Hemisphere

April 6th, 2017|

Melbourne is set to become the centre for global health expertise for the Southern Hemisphere. Announced at the World Congress for Global Health in Melbourne today, the Regional Director from WHO, Dr SHIN Young-soo and […]

Media Release: Global Health Champions in Melbourne Accept Global Challenges

March 23rd, 2017|

In 28 populations around the world, it’s been demonstrated that Indigenous people have poorer health and social outcomes in comparison with non-Indigenous peoples.

A new organisation in Melbourne aims to address this: the Global Health Alliance […]

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 […]

Committee Member Helen Evans Awarded AO  

February 8th, 2017|

Congratulations to our Foundation Committee member, Helen Evans, who has just been awarded an AO. Read and watch more about her stunning achievements here


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 […]

Out of the Shadows: The case for investing in women’s mental health

December 11th, 2016|

In December 2016, GLHAM co-hosted its first in an ongoing series of public symposiums on global health issues that will produce a policy document with input from across the sector. The first of these symposiums, […]

Secretariat support for the Australian-based WHO Collaborating Centres

July 11th, 2016|

There are currently 46 WHO Collaborating Centres in Australia, with half of these being Melbourne-based. The Alliance has been approached to provide a form of secretariat to enable more cross-pollination between the centres. This will […]

Delivering Moxidectin to treat river blindness in African contexts

June 11th, 2016|

GLHAM facilitated a collaboration between  Medicines Development for Global Health (MDGH) – a Melbourne-based biotechnology company and social enterprise – and The Fred Hollows Foundation, for the purpose of implementing delivery of Moxidectin in African […]

Addressing scabies, the neglected of the neglected diseases

June 11th, 2016|

In June 2016, Alliance member Medicines Development for Global Health (MDGH) – a Melbourne-based biotechnology company and social enterprise – announced the receipt of AU$3 million to support the clinical development of moxidectin for scabies treatment […]

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. The purpose was to discuss […]