Thought Leadership Activities

Our activities focus on sharing insights, challenging the status quo and fostering the kind of debates and discussions that lead to better treatments, better care and healthier societies.

We invite thought leaders from around the world, including our Distinguished Fellows and researchers, to share insights on a range of topics through blogs, policy reports, commentaries, videos, podcasts, events, data visualisations, infographics and other activities.

We also regularly convene roundtables, symposia and public talks; and collaborate with key stakeholders globally and locally. Our researchers and Distinguished Fellows often participate in academic conferences, policy discussions and other fora.

BLOG - Rethinking the Healthy Food Partnership

November 2020

In the last of a three-part series on the Australian Government’s Healthy Food Partnership Reformulation Program, Daisy Coyle and Emalie Rosewarne move beyond reformulation targets to explore what is needed for Australia’s reformulation program to be successful.

Rethink the Health Food Partnership

BLOG - Why investing in Early Stage Health Start-ups matters

November 2020

To explore just how critical early stage investment is to healthcare start-ups, Dr Parisa Glass spoke to Professor John Knight, Managing Director of Ellen Medical Devices – The creators of the Affordable Dialysis System. His story details their journey from concept to clinical trials, demonstrates how important financial support was along the way.

This post was originally published on LinkedIn by Parisa Glass, Director of Innovation and Enterprise, and is reproduced here with her kind permission. 

Why investing in Early Stage Health Start-ups matters

BLOG - Meeting old demands and rising to new challenges: Revisiting the role of Ethiopian health extension workers in the prevention and control of NCDs amid COVID-19

October 2020

Azeb Tesema, PhD candidate at The George Institute for Global Health, examines the instrumental role of Ethiopian health extension workers in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases during the current pandemic. She draws on the preliminary findings of her PhD to explain the missing links in Ethiopia for community based NCD prevention and explains what steps need to be taken to ensure HEWs have the capacity to address the significant burden of NCDs in Ethiopia.

This article was first published by the International Health Policies blog and is reproduced here with their kind permission.

Ethopian CHWs

BLOG - To solve problems we must connect systems

October 2020

Professor Corinna Hawkes, Distinguished Fellow with The George Institute for Global Health, writes that it’s been hard to make sense of COVID-19. At least, I have found it hard. So many deaths. So many changes to everyday life. So much political strangeness. So much uncertainty about the future.
But what has happened does, kind of, make sense. There is a logic to it. And food, kind of, illustrates why. Why it has happened and why the consequences have been so vast.

This blog builds on the paper Five steps towards a global reset: lessons from COVID-19

Burden of COVID-19

BLOG - Five ways to reboot the global food economy to make it healthier for all

August 2020

Professor Corinna Hawkes, Distinguished Fellow with The George Institute for Global Health, writes that COVID-19 has shown it’s time to change; Obesity, diabetes and other chronic conditions associated with unhealthy diets increase the risk of complications from the virus. This piece outlines a five-point plan that could reset the food economy over the short term, allowing it to both flourish and nourish over the long term. This article first appeared in The Conversation UK.

Five ways to reboot the global food economy

BLOG - A long way to go for Australia’s reformulation program

July 2020

In the first of a three-part series, our researchers take a deep dive into the Australian Government’s ‘Healthy Food Partnership’ to explore how this initiative aligns with the evidence.

A long way to go for Australia’s reformulation program

BLOG - Meet Dr Hueiming Liu, Senior Research Fellow, Health Systems Science

July 2020

Dr Hueiming Liu is a Senior Research Fellow with the Health System Science Program at the George Institute for Global Health.

Meet Heuming Liu

BLOG - Australia’s War on Type 2 Diabetes

June 2020

In Australia, it’s estimated that 1.7 million people are living with type 2 diabetes (T2D). It’s one of the greatest threats to our health system and shows no signs of slowing down. The George Institute for Global Health invited Dr James Muecke, 2020 Australian of the Year to comment. In this piece, Dr Muecke says people, industry and government all have a role to play in tackling this burden.

Australia’s War on Type 2 Diabetes

BLOG - COVID-19 and a World Health Organization for you and me

June 2020

A week on from the US decision to withdraw support from World Health Organization (WHO), Distinguished Fellow Göran Tomson that the COVID-19 pandemic shows the need for a strengthened WHO, and that WHO is uniquely positioned to facilitate health security now and for the years to come, as we face future pandemics and continued challenges to global health.

Covid-19 and World Health Organisation

BLOG - Harnessing the focus on reducing COVID-19 impact to fight the invisible pandemic of NCDs in Ethiopia

May 2020

PhD Candidate Dejan Tekle explains how COVID-19 has affected the people in his home country of Ethiopia, including difficulty with physical distancing and not having secure access to water to practice basic hand-washing hygiene, and argues the focus on reducing the impact of the pandemic could also be used to address the silent epidemic of NCDs.

NCDs in Ethiopia

BLOG - Surviving the COVID 19 pandemic: the view from a Ugandan surgeon and epidemiologist

May 2020

Distinguished Fellow Dr Olive Kobusingye provides powerful insight on the reality of COVID-19 in Uganda, challenges facing the people and power struggles as Uganda deals with the pandemic.

First published on Poverty to Power Oxfam site

Ugandan surgeon and epidemiologist

BLOG - Covid-19 perspective: The life support system that is vital for global health

May 2020

Professor Corinna Hawkes, Distinguished Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health explains that to tackle global challenges, we need multiple systems to work. If we are to really treat, manage and prevent global health – or, indeed, any health condition, anywhere – the health, food, economic, environmental, social and political systems all need to play their respective roles, whether in ‘normal’ or ‘crisis’ times.


BLOG - The urgent need to use a health systems approach in the COVID-19 battle in India

April 2020

In the wake of the 21-day lockdown, Soumyadeep Bhaumik, The George Institute for Global Health, India argues we cannot win the COVID-19 battle by going on a frenzied buying spree based on eminence-based input. Without a health systems approach there might be a sharp rise in overall deaths, disability and suffering.


BLOG - Community in remote Australian town Walgett unites to tackle pandemic-related food shortages

April 2020

People in the remote Australian NSW town of Walgett are going hungry because of empty supermarket shelves, and food insecurity is exacerbating concerns around the novel coronavirus, report Vanessa Hickey and Wendy Spencer from the Dharriwaa Elders Group, and Dr Jacqui Webster from The George Institute for Global Health at the University of New South Wales. 


BLOG - COVID-19 is putting health systems around the world under the microscope – what are we learning?

April 2020

Even in the midst of such an immediate public health emergency it is worth noting that the different approaches countries are taking reflect how culture, politics and community values critically influence the way health systems are funded and operate. Health systems research can and should unpack these lessons to strengthen how we, as a global public health community, respond not only to the ongoing demands of COVID 19 and future pandemics, but also to the enduring, but silent pandemics of chronic diseases.

COVID-19 and health systems

BLOG - In defence of ‘imprecise’ medicine: the benefits of routine treatments for common diseases

January 2020

Co-founder and Principal Director of The George Institute for Global Health, Professor Stephen MacMahon AO writes in the defence of imprecise medicine for The Conversation UK writing, "Let’s not let the current enthusiasm for precision medicine blind us to the benefits of the “imprecise” medicine we know saves millions of lives every year." 

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BLOG - Keeping the promise — time to move from declarations to deeds on Universal Health Coverage

December 2019

As the world celebrates Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day on the 12th of December Carolyn Reynolds, Distinguished Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health, has written a piece published in Devex on the theme of this year’s UHC Day “Keeping the Promise”, urging countries to move beyond declarations to deeds.

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BLOG - Making the case for health warnings on salt shakers and very salty food in restaurants

Australia, October 2019

Michael Moore AM is a Distinguished Fellow of The George Institute for Global Health, Immediate Past President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (2016-2018), an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra and a Life Member of the Public Health Association of Australia. In this blog he writes that the Australian Government should follow the lead of New York City and regulate the labelling of salt much more effectively.

Blog 3

BLOG - Developments and challenges in Global Health Systems Research

October 2019

Professor Göran Tomson is a leading voice in global health systems research. His remarkable career, first practicing medicine and later research in health system changes to improve quality of care, spans over thirty years and crosses countless borders. In this piece, he reflects on the developments he has observed in Global Health Systems Research and presents his perspectives on challenges and opportunities in the future.


BLOG - Why integrating mental health into UHC in low resource settings is necessary and achievable

September 2019

Ahead of the UN High-Level Meeting on UHC being held on 23 September 2019, Professor Shekhar Saxena, Distinguished Fellow of The George Institute for Global Health and past Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at World Health Organisation explains why we need to remember the ‘five I’s’ to support implementation.


BLOG - Evidence Gap Maps: a valuable tool to hone efficiency

August 2019

Evidence gap maps have been used in health, social and environmental research for a while now. But, is it possible some of us glaze over when hearing the words ‘evidence’, ‘gap’ and ‘map’ linked together? The solution may lie in seeing them as the tool of efficiency they are. Anna Palagyi, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Health Systems Science at The George Institute, explains.

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BLOG - Paradigm shifts in community health worker roles to address non-communicable diseases

India, August 2019

Could a shift in roles for the one million Community Health Workers (called ASHAs), be the solution to India's health care crisis? Distinguished Fellow of The George Institute, Dr Rajani Ved reflects on the changing nature of requirements of community health workers beyond maternal and child health, the challenges that can be anticipated and the potential design solutions that are possible.

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BLOG - Electoral donations undermine public health

Australia, February 2019

Distinguished Fellow of The George Institute, Michael Moore writes about political donations and public health in this piece that originally appeared on Croakey.

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BLOG - To tackle urban obesity, make healthier food available and affordable

United Kingdom, January 2019

Distinguished Fellow of The George Institute, Professor Corinna Hawkes writes about how changing the food around people is a major part of the tackling obesity in this piece that originally appeared on Thomson Reuters Foundation News. 

The views and opinions expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of their affiliated organizations.

Blog 9

POLICY REPORT - Sweet Transition: Priorities for collaborating to transform the food system in Australia

Sugar Report

Australia, May 2020

To address the adverse effects of sugar on health and the environment, we must look at the broader food system, according to a new report from a roundtable of industry and health experts. The expert consensus report, Sweet Transition: Priorities for collaborating to transform the food system in Australia, is the outcome of a roundtable hosted by The George Institute for Global Health and calls for a whole of government, whole of system approach to mitigate the broad impacts of sugar. We hope the recommendations in the report will play a key role in transforming the future of Australia’s food system and ultimately improve health outcomes for all Australians.

POLICY REPORT - Rapid Policy Brief: Frontline Health Workers for COVID-19


India, March 2020

As governments and health officials around the world respond to the crisis, COVID-19 has created an urgent need for timely, reliable information to make the best decisions and save lives. Frontline health workers like Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) can potentially play a role in COVID-19 prevention and control, and many governments are considering how to use this workforce. This rapid evidence synthesis was prepared in 3 days on request from the National Health Systems Resource Centre, India to inform development of plans and resources to ensure preparedness of frontline health workers (ASHAs) for COVID-19.


POLICY REPORT - Sugar in Australia: a food systems approach


Australia, February 2020 

We commissioned a report to broaden the debate by investigating different sides ofsugar in Australia from a food systems-perspective.  

POLICY REPORT - Rapid Policy Brief: Mid-level health providers for primary health care

Policy Brief

India, June 2019 

Summary of available research evidence from systematic reviews on mid-level providers for primary health care for improving health outcomes and systems performance, and considerations for low- and middle- income countries.

POLICY REPORT - Policy Brief: Delivering healthy lives and well-being for women and girls


United Kingdom, June 2019

This policy brief outlines some of the gender-specific dimensions of non-communicable diseases that universal health coverage must address and presents a number of recommendations to improve the health and wellbeing of girls and women.

POLICY REPORT - Policy symposium on SMART Mental Health project: recommendations


India, March 2019

The George Institute India organised a policy symposium to explore how the SMART Mental Health can contribute to the National Mental Health Programme and strengthen mental health care delivery models. A report summarising recommendations was produced following the symposium.

POLICY REPORT - Project Bhasa: Ending the drowning epidemic in Barishal division, Bangladesh

Project Bhasa

Bangladesh, October 2018

In collaboration with The Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh, and with the support of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, United Kingdom, we investigated drowning cases by demographic characteristics and features of the drowning event. We produced a report on current evidence on the drowning burden and implementation of evidence-based measures as prevent drowning in Bangladesh.

POLICY REPORT - Women's health through Life course and empowerment in China

Women's Health through Life Course and Empowerment in China

China, August 2017

The George Institute China hosted a roundtable discussion of women’s through life course and empowerment and published a report on priorities, strategies and recommendations for promoting women’s health issues in China.

POLICY REPORT - Framing women’s health issues in 21st century India

Framing Women’s health issue in 21st century India

India, May 2016

The George Institute India, put out a policy report on Framing Women’s Health Issues in 21st Century India. The current status of women’s health in India were discussed, as well as challenges, goals and recommendations for how to move toward greater equity for women in India.  

POLICY REPORT - Framing Women’s health policy around the world

Framing Women’s health policy around the world

United Kingdom, March 2016

We published an Oxford Martin Policy Paper, Women’s Health: A New Global Agenda. This paper provides a framework for prioritising and designing policy and makes recommendations for next steps to improve our research and increase our knowledge that will improve women’s health and health equity.

DATA VISUALISATION - Data Crashes, injuries, & deaths on the roads of India


Did you know that India accounts for approx. 11% of 1.35 million annual deaths globally due to crashes on the road? These deaths are not uniform and vary from state to state. Analyse the latest data on our new data visualisation dashboard.


DATA VISUALISATION - Cardiovascular disease in women and men - what's the difference?


Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, with the two biggest killers being coronary heart disease and stroke. Women and men experience cardiovascular disease differently.

Moreover, women and men in low-income and high-income countries are also affected differently. Find out more via our interactive data map.


COMMENTARY - Combatting the global crisis of cardiovascular disease

August 2019

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the biggest killers world-wide, currently responsible for approximately 18 million deaths per year, 70% of which occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Proportionately, more CVD deaths in LMICs occur among people in economically productive age groups. A key cause of the CVD epidemic is non-optimal blood pressure.


COMMENTARY - Cost effectiveness of ready-made and custom-made eyeglasses in India

India, February 2018

Uncorrected refractive error (URE) is the leading cause of vision impairment globally. This condition affects at least 150 million individuals between the ages of 5 and 50 years around the world, including almost 31 million people in India alone. On top of the impact to quality of life for people affected, there are significant economic implications of URE.

Ready-made and custom-made eyeglasses in India

COMMENTARY - Investing in non-communicable disease prevention and management to advance the Sustainable Development Goals

May 2018

This article forms part of Lancet series by Lancet Taskforce on NCDs and focuses on the importance of investing in NCD treatments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


COMMENTARY - Universal health coverage and chronic kidney disease in India

July 2018

With an estimated 188 million cases of kidney-disease in low- and middle-income countries, associated health expenditure is catastrophic. This article outlines the cost implications of chronic Kidney disease on progress to universal health coverage in India.


COMMENTARY - Australia’s appointment to the UN Human Rights Council means it must deliver on Indigenous engagement in alcohol control

Australia, August 2018

Given our new position on the UN Human Rights Council (for 2018-2020) this article outlines the need for Australia to be better at protecting Indigenous human rights.


COMMENTARY - Funding therapies for rare diseases: an ethical dilemma with a potential solution

Australia, February 2017

In Australia there is a legislative requirement to consider cost-effectiveness when funding therapies, which presents a challenge when considering funding for rare diseases. This article explores the ethical questions and possible solution for funding therapies for rare diseases. 


COMMENTARY - Financing patient-centred health care homes through value capture

Australia, April 2017

This article outlines an innovative approach to financing of patient-centred health care in Australia. 

Financing patient-centred health care homes through value capture

COMMENTARY - Researchers call to include gender in research impact assessment

July 2016

The George Institute joined a global call to include gender in research impact assessment. Professor Robyn Norton AO, Principal Director of The George Institute, joined more than 40 health researchers around the world in an article published in Health Research Policy and Systems, arguing that gender-sensitive research impact assessment could become a force for good in moving science towards gender equity.

Researchers call to include gender in research impact assessment

COMMENTARY - Making guidelines for economic evaluations relevant to public health in Australia

Australia, November 2016

When economic factors are considered in public health policy there are substantial cost-effectiveness benefits to be gained. This article argues the case for making guidelines for economic evaluations useful for public health interventions in Australia. 


COMMENTARY - To close the gap we need to identify the best (and worst) buys in Indigenous health

Australia, December 2016

Closing the Gap is the overarching national strategy to overcome the persistent disadvantage faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. This article focuses on the importance of incorporating economic notions of value into Indigenous health policy in Australia.


VIDEO - Educational webinar: New treatments for preventing chronic kidney disease progression


September 2020

In recent years a number of important trials in chronic kidney disease have been completed that are already changing practice and improving outcomes for patients. This webinar was a unique opportunity to hear directly from Investigators across key trials. The recent presentation by Prof Hiddo Heerspink of DAPA-CKD is generating a great deal of anticipation in the clinical community as the first large outcome trial to test the effectiveness of an SGLT2 inhibitor in chronic kidney disease. This anticipation presented a good opportunity to evaluate the overall evidence for the SGLT2 inhibitors class on kidney and cardiovascular outcomes.

VIDEO - The Global Burden of Disease and the Sustainable Development Goals

Abraham Flaxman

February 2020

Associate Professor Abraham Flaxman of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington discusses how we can use the Global Burden of Disease study to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3.2.

VIDEO - Delivering a healthier urban food environment


United Kingdom, November 2019

Distinguished Fellow of The George Institute, Professor Corinna Hawkes, talks about what other cities can learn from London, including blueprints not just for cities, but for nations.

VIDEO - An in-depth look at global health security


July 2019

Distinguished Fellow of The George Institute, Carolyn A. Reynolds, discusses global health security, minimising infectious disease and other threats to humanity, and being optimistic about global health security.

VIDEO - Taxing sugar sweetened beverages in Mexico


Mexico, July 2019

Distinguished Fellow of The George Institute, Dr Juan Rivera explains how the tax on sugar sweetened beverages in Mexico came to be implemented.

VIDEO - Lessons from technology projects in health and social care


June 2018

Distinguished Fellow of The George Institute, Professor Trish Greenhalgh, talks about why technology projects in health and social care fail.

VIDEO - Lowering blood pressure in China


China, November 2017

The George Institute’s PhD candidate Polly Huang recipient of the Inaugural John Yu Fellowship, talks about China Salt Substitute and Stroke Study and lowering blood pressure in China

VIDEO - Shifting the focus of women's health towards non-communicable diseases


February 2016

Co-Founder and Principal Director of The George Institute for Global Health, Professor Robyn Norton AO and colleagues discuss why the focus on women's healthcare needs to move from sexual and reproductive health to non-communicable diseases.

VIDEO - Achieving Healthy China 2030


May 2019

Distinguished Fellow of The George Institute for Global Health, Professor Göran Tomson talks about system-level challenges to achieving Healthy China 2030.

PODCAST - Understanding long term outcomes of sepsis

September 2020

In this discussion Professor Carol Hodgson and PhD Candidate Kelly Thompson explain the challenges in understanding what sepsis is, discuss their findings regarding long term outcomes, and identify opportunities for changes in post-hospitalisation treatment that could improve quality of life for sepsis survivors.

Sepsis podcast

PODCAST - 2020 bush-fires and COVID-19: what does it mean for our respiratory system?

August 2020

In this talk Professor Jenkins reflects on key events this year – Bushfires and the Coronavirus-19 pandemic – and explores their impact on our health. Her talk investigates the comparison between this coronavirus and the Spanish flu, takes a look at the virus globally, and uses the latest evidence and statistics to demonstrate how COVID-19 is a virus like no other, including identifying key risk factors and potential solutions.

Bush fire talk

PODCAST - Build back safer: opportunities for road safety in India, post COVID-19

July 2020

Dr Margie Peden and Dr Jagnoor Jagnoor, discuss insights on road traffic deaths and injuries in India, why injury and death figures are so high, where more research is needed, and how COVID-19 presents an opportunity to build back safer.

Road Safety Podcast

PODCAST - Why innovations in mental health service delivery are needed for all countries

March 2020

Deputy Director of The George Institute, India, Dr Pallab K. Maulik and Distinguished Fellow of The George Institute, Professor Shekhar Saxena, discuss why innovations in mental health service delivery are necessary for all countries. They also discuss which innovations actually work, the importance of finding solutions that are scalable, and much more.


PODCAST - Limitations of global governance for health: Motivating change

November 2019

Recording of a talk by Professor Göran Tomson on the limitations of global governance for health, in the context of achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Drawing upon case studies and The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on GG4H, he addresses five global governance dysfunctions: inadequate policy space; institutional stickiness; democratic deficit; weak institutions and weak accountability.

Goran Tomson

PODCAST - Mobilising the political will and resources to achieve universal health coverage by 2030

August 2019

Carolyn A Reynolds, Distinguished Fellow with The George Institute for Global Health and Senior Associate with the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she is serving as an expert adviser to the CSIS Commission for Health Security. She is also a consultant to the World Bank Group and other international organizations.


PODCAST - Scientific evidence, advocacy and obesity prevention policy in Mexico

Mexico, August 2019

Dr Juan Rivera, Distinguished Fellow with The George Institute for Global Health, and General Director of the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Mexico and Professor of Nutrition at the Mexican School of Public Health.


PODCAST - BBC Health Check story on burns in India

India, March 2019

Listen to the BBC Health Check story on burns in India including stigma and recovery, featuring Dr Jagnoor, Senior Research Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health.



PODCAST - Framework to action- Universal Health Coverage

March 2019

The WHO’s 13th General Program of Work (GPW) was presented to the World Health Assembly in May 2019. Hailed as one of the most inclusive in WHO’s 70-year history, this GPW has universal health coverage at its core and champions WHO’s role in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals.


PODCAST - Gendered innovations in science: Medicine and engineering

February 2019

Professor Londa Schiebinger of Stanford University discusses the importance of integrating gender analysis to achieve excellence in science and technology research.



PODCAST - Collecting stories: Capturing health cultural contexts

January 2019

Using the example of diabetes in pregnancy and focusing on a British South Asian sample, Professor Trish Greenhalgh of University of Oxford illustrates how narrative research can go beyond the dry and under-theorised assumptions of behaviourism and illustrate the complex socio-cultural webs in which ‘lifestyle choices’ are suspended.



EVENT - Beijing+25: Meeting the call for sex-disaggregated and gender-sensitive data


United Kingdom, 19 March 2020

The Community on Women and Non-Communicable Diseases will frame their fourth webinar in the context of the anniversary of the Beijing+25 declaration and raise awareness of the importance of collecting disaggregated data and conducting gendered analyses.

EVENT - Is it sugar or is it the system? Exploring pathways for sustainable food system transition

Is it sugar or is it the system

Australia, February 2020

We hosted a special breakfast with a presentation and discussion on the Australian sugar system. A focus of the discussion was a new report we commissioned to better understand the ways in which the sugar system is structured and its wider socioecological impact.  

EVENT - 30 years of the Global Burden of Disease study with Professor Alan Lopez

30 years of the Global Burden of Disease Study

Australia, January 2020 

We hosted Professor Alan Lopez from the University of Melbourne, one of the founding fathers of the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD). Professor Lopez talked about the history of the GBD, why it was needed and what we have learnt from it over the past 30 years. 

EVENT - MoU to improve the health of people in Madhya Pradesh

MoU to improve the health of people in Madhya Pradesh

India, January 2020

The George Institute India and the Bhopal-based Atal Bihari Institute of Good Governance and Policy Analysis, a think-tank of the Government of Madhya Pradesh, announced a collaboration to generate evidence that will inform healthcare decisions to reduce premature death and disability in Madhya Pradesh.

EVENT - Evidence to Policy - Lessons learnt from the National Health Mission

Health researchers and policy-makers urged to bridge the know-do gap

India, December 2019

Distinguished Fellow Dr Rajani Ved, Executive Director of the National Health Systems Resource Centre, delivered our annual Evidence to Policy lecture, urging health researchers and policy-makers to bridge the know-do gap.

EVENT - Limitations of global governance for health: Motivating change

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Australia and China, December 2019

Distinguished Fellow of The George Institute, Professor Göran Tomson delivered a special seminar at our Sydney office, as well as by video link to our Beijing office, on the limitations of global governance for health, in the context of achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

EVENT - A Call to Action: Sex and gender in health research: updating policy to reflect evidence


Australia, November 2019

Key researchers instrumental in the conception of “A Call to Action: Sex and gender in health research: updating policy to reflect evidence”, met to celebrate the publication of the paper in the Medical Journal of Australia. The ‘Call for Action’ asks major Australian research institutions and bodies to update their policies to better reflect evidence and improve health outcomes.

EVENT - Data, science and achieving the sustainable development goals


Australia, October 2019

We hosted a panel discussion, ‘Data, science and achieving the sustainable development goals’ with leading experts, Associate Professors Abraham Flaxman of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and Rohina Joshi of The George Institute and UNSW Sydney. The session looked at ways health researchers, policymakers and the community are working together to improve data quality about who is dying, where, and from what.

EVENT - Five years on, what’ next for the Health Star Rating on packaged foods


Australia, October 2019

Dr Alexandra Jones, Research Fellow at The George Institute gave a special presentation talking about the development of the Health Star Rating on packaged foods and about what’s coming next for the system after the five year review that took place In August 2019.

EVENT - Injury research in diverse settings: Two-dimensional strategies for multi-dimensional problems


Australia, September 2019

Distinguished Fellow at The George Institute, Dr Olive Kobusingye, an accident and emergency surgeon, injury expert, and senior research fellow at the Makerere University, delivered a talk on how to approach injury research in diverse settings, drawing examples from Uganda and other East African countries.

EVENT - Scientific evidence, advocacy and obesity prevention policy in Mexico


Australia, July 2019 

We hosted a sugar tax expert Distinguished Fellow at The George Institute, Dr Juan A. Rivera for a special talk about scientific evidence, advocacy and obesity prevention policy in Mexico, including the success of the policy since its introduction and the effect it had on purchasing behaviours and increase in revenue.

EVENT - Creating healthy, sustainable, city food environments


United Kingdom, June 2019

We hosted an event to examine how researchers can support city leaders, businesses and advocates to deliver a healthier food environment. Distinguished Fellow at The George Institute, Professor Corinna Hawkes, Director, Centre for Food Policy, City University and Vice-Chair of the London Child Obesity Taskforce delivered the keynote, followed by a panel conversation with a range of experts.

EVENT - Fight the Fear breakfast seminar


Australia, June 2019

During our ‘Fight the Fear’ breakfast event guests were invited to challenge their preconceived notions about the possibilities of science and technology, changing the ways in which we think about and thereby solve social problems. Guest speakers, Professor Martina Stenzel, Dr Haris Aziz and Dr Lee Rollins dived deep into some of the most ground-breaking current technologies including artificial intelligence, nano-particles and gene drives. 

EVENT - Ten Years to Go: Mobilizing the political will and resources to achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030


Australia, June 2019 

Distinguished Fellow at The George Institute Carolyn Reynolds gave a special talk at our Sydney office about how to effectively mobilise the political will and resources to achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030, as well as how to minimize infectious diseases and other threats to humanity.

EVENT - 2019 Women and Heart Disease Forum


Australia, June 2019

‘The 2019 Women and Heart Disease Forum’ was held in Sydney presented by the National Heart Foundation in collaboration with The George Institute to bring together leaders in clinical care, research, community health leaders and women who have experienced heart disease to describe issues and develop strategies to improve women’s heart health.

EVENT - National Symposium on Evidence Synthesis for Medicine, Public Health and Social Development (NSES 2019)


India, April 2019 

The George Institute and Campbell Collaboration organised a two-day symposium in New Delhi, to provide a forum to learn and discuss evidence syntheses across diverse fields of medicine, public health, and social development. The event brought together close to 120 practitioners, policymakers and researchers from 12 States.

EVENT - From Goals to Actions: Advancing Health Systems in an era of UN Sustainable Development Goals


China, March 2019

Professor Göran Tomson, Professor of International Health Systems Research at The Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden and Distinguished Fellow at The George Institute presented at our offices in Beijing, China. He provided an overview of Universal Health Coverage within context to the United Nations 2030 Agenda, including a case study of its operation in Sweden.  

EVENT - Launch of community on women's health and non-communicable diseases

Launch of Community on Women's Health and NCDs

United Kingdom, March 2019

In January 2019, we established a new online Community on Women and NCDs, in partnership with the World Health Organization, to bring together diverse global experts and promote evidence-based, scalable best practices in implementing a life-course approach to women’s health and NCDs. In March 2019, we launched a webinar series examining topics such as ‘Why focus on women and NCDs?’ and ‘Integrating NCD care into preconception and maternal health services’. 

EVENT - High level Symposium on Falls Prevention among Older People


China, September 2018

The National Center for Chronic and Non-communicable Disease Control and Prevention (NCNCD) of China CDC and The George Institute China co-organised a symposium for domestic and foreign experts to consider the current status of policy and activities on falls prevention and service. 

EVENT - Fixed-dose combinations for cardiovascular disease and hypertension: Perspectives and lessons learned from HIV/AIDS and TB


United Kingdom, July 2018 

This international symposium brought experts working on Fixed-dose combinations (FDC) for cardiovascular diseases and hypertension, together with experts working in the fields of HIV and TB, and representatives from governmental, non-governmental organizations, civil society, industry and funders. The aim was to discuss barriers to FDC implementation and explore next steps in moving the agenda forward with research, advocacy and policy change. 

EVENT - Ensuring the collection, analysis and reporting of sex- and gender-specific health data


Australia, May 2018 

This forum was arranged in response to recent research that examined whether the leading funding bodies and peer-reviewed journals in Australia have policies and practices to support the collection, analysis and reporting of sex- and gender-specific health data and identified barriers and facilitators to the implementation of such policies and practices. 

EVENT - Roundtable on progress toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC)


India, May 2018

We hosted roundtable to examine progress to UHC and explore key challenges in relation to setting investment priorities and interactions with the private sector through strategic purchasing.

EVENT - Kidney disease in women: A call to action

Kidneys and womens health

India, March 2018

To mark World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day, The George Institute in collaboration with Arogya World held a panel discussion on Wednesday, 7th March 2018, to highlight the impact of kidney disease on women’s health and call for renewed efforts to improve maternal and fetal outcomes and women’s access to kidney care, as well as better prevention policies. 

EVENT - International Digital Health Symposium


Australia, February 2018

Digital health leaders from around the globe met at the inaugural International Digital Health Symposium, co-hosted by the Australian Digital Health Agency, The George Institute and UNSW Sydney in Sydney to learn from different global approaches to digital innovation that are inclusive, evidence-based, and support sustainable, high quality health and care. 

EVENT - Women’s health through life course and empowerment


China, August 2017

We hosted a symposium with experts in fields of medicine, sociology and health economics to discuss gender equity, health accessibility, and healthcare delivery. Topics discussed included the relationship between women’s health, empowerment and development, as well as recommendations for providing women’s healthcare service throughout life, promoting family planning technical service, and facilitating multi-sector collaboration.