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 the proposed concept and value proposition for the establishment of a Melbourne-based Alliance to strategically connect, expand and strengthen work in the global health space.
Important considerations for the formation of the Alliance highlighted by participants were:
- Global health and development is moving away from a ‘recipient/donor’ dynamic into a partnership model of engagement with countries and regions. In this globally connected world, national governments on their own cannot achieve many of the changes needed nor do they have the resources to do this. This has lead to a much greater focus on collaboration not just across disciplines but also between the public and the private sectors to draw on the best of each. Therefore, ‘collaborative partnerships’ should set the tone of relationships among Alliance members during its establishment phase
- The Alliance should start small and set achievable outcomes that are measurable
- An early task would be to work with stakeholders to clearly map priorities
- The Alliance should be a platform that fosters information exchange, connection, accessibility, networking and responsiveness within the sector
- It should enable greater visibility (including advocacy), access to funding, resources, innovation and talent for global health
- The Alliance should consider adopting a regional focus, building on the strengths of the Melbourne global health sector with respect to working in the Asia-Pacific region
- Melbourne to be seen as the ‘hub’ of global health expertise in the southern hemisphere, similar to how London, Washington D.C., Seattle and New York are oftentimes perceived and deferred to by global health institutions such as the World Health Organization or The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.