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Global Health: Challenges and Responses

St Margaret’s College, 21–23 June 2024

Global Health gained prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic as being much more central to global stability and prosperity than many people had previously realised. Global Health can be defined succinctly as collaborative trans-national research and action to address health problems for all. It encompasses population-wide and individual-based health issues and operates across all sectors. It transcends national boundaries and requires trans-national action. It is also inter-disciplinary, engaging many specialist areas beyond traditional health disciplines, from basic science through to economics, ethics and politics.

Global Health is a flagship area of expertise at the University of Otago, with University-wide inter-disciplinary engagement and collaborative initiatives in the Pacific, Asia and Africa, and engagement of major Global Health Funders.

Key themes of the School, covered through keynote talks and interactive sessions, are the following:

  • Global Health diplomacy, Law, Governance, and Global Institutions
  • A Pacific perspective on Global Health
  • Preparedness for Global Health emergencies
  • Lessons from the history of Global Health challenges
  • Health Nationalism, and Global equity, and major Global Health responses

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List of confirmed speakers

International speakers

  • Professor Ilona Kickbusch (keynote), Founder of the Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Dr Audrey Aumua, CEO, Fred Hollows Foundation, New Zealand
  • Professor Ajay Mahal, Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Associate Professor Tsung-Ling Lee, Institute of Health and Biotechnology Law, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan
  • Dr Paula Vivili, Deputy Director General, Pacific Community/Communatué du Pacifique, Suva, Fiji

University of Otago speakers

  • Dr Htin Lin Aung, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Otago
  • Professor John Crump, McKinlay Professor of Global Health, University of Otago
  • Dr Elizabeth Fenton, Bioethics Centre, University of Otago
  • Professor Philip Hill, Centre for International Health & The Otago Global Health Institute, University of Otago
  • Professor Peter McIntyre, Department of Women's and Children's Health, University of Otago
  • Professor David Murdoch, Department of Pathology and Biomedical Science, University of Otago
  • Professor Robert Patman, Politics Programme, University of Otago


TBA in late April.

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