Capitalising on Australia’s unique strengths in health security

Applying Australia’s unique strengths in health security

Investments in this area will mobilise Australian public health professionals to undertake targeted capacity-building placements with governments and research institutions in the region, support applied health research including health systems and policy research, and expand public health training opportunities in Australia.

Health policy and systems research call for proposals

Health systems in the Indo-Pacific are confronting multiple and increasing global and local challenges, including infectious disease outbreaks, antimicrobial resistance, climate change, rapid population growth and urbanisation. Health systems have never needed to be more resilient.

Policy makers and practitioners need to have easy access to information about interventions that work and what is already known about what may be feasible, practical and culturally acceptable in a given context. We need better evidence on the contribution of health systems to strengthened health security if we are to understand and address the policy, political and organisational constraints to effective action. Australian research institutions, working with their counterparts in the region, are particularly well placed to respond to this challenge.

As a key early investment under the Health Security Initiative, the Centre for Health Security is making a specific call for health systems and policy research that will contribute to improved health security in the region, including through building regional research capacity. Up to $16 million will be allocated over three years to high-quality, collaborative, health systems and policy research with a particular focus on Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

This research call was managed through a partnership between the Centre for Health Security and the National Health and Medical Research Council. 

Successful Grants

For the Grant Guidelines and further information please see the Business Notifcations page of the DFAT website.


Last Updated: 4 October 2017