New Melbourne-based alliance takes on indigenous health inequality globally

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Research published by The Lancet-Lowitja Institute Global Collaboration found Indigenous people had poorer health and social outcomes in comparison with non-Indigenous peoples across 28 nations.

In response to this striking inequality, the Global Health Alliance Melbourne (GLHAM) launched the Local to Global Initiative [PDF] last week, aiming to address this striking inequality.

Melbourne is a global health leader in clinical care, research and advocacy. Together GLHAM partners will discover, maintain and be responsible for a major shift in healthcare, and help close the gap in inequality of healthcare provision in the countries in which our members work, including Indigenous Australia
Mr John Brumby AO

A priority piece of work for 2017, Local to Global will focus on Indigenous health both here in Victoria and in those developing countries where members work.

GLHAM was started in 2016 as a new platform that aims to capture Victoria’s health strengths and capabilities. Launched by former Victorian Premier, the Hon John Brumby AO and Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, GLHAM is the first centre of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, recognising Melbourne as the hub of global health expertise in the Asia-Pacific.

Member organisations in the Alliance span nine sectors: client groups; research, education, entrepreneurship, service delivery, advocacy, policy, corporations and philanthropy.

Mr John Brumby AO said that the first 10 foundation organisations share a commitment to create partnerships across sectors and silos.

The RDI Network looks forward to keeping in touch with GLHAM, and identifying opportunities where our networks could potentially collaborate.

Find out more about the Global Health Alliance Melbourne by visiting their website.