Global Health: policy, practice and community action

Co-Heads: Lisa Davidson and Chad Hughes.


To achieve greater equity in health within vulnerable communities requires an urgent need to develop and promote new strategies, tools and policies.

Burnet is working with many communities to better understand and address the underlying factors that prevent access to crucial health care services such as family planning, postnatal and newborn care, vaccination, HIV prevention, care and support and nutrition.

The Global Health: policy, practice and community action Group contributes to:

  • Improving sexual and reproductive health for men and women
  • Advancement of gender equality, and prevention of gender-based violence
  • Increasing the capacity of health professionals, researchers, policy makers through education and training
  • Strengthening health systems so that they are more responsive to the health needs of individuals and communities
  • Empowering communities to improve health seeking behaviours and health literacy


The Global Health: policy, practice and community action working groups works to achieve better health outcomes for vulnerable communities by:

  • Strengthening health systems
  • Improving service delivery
  • Empowering communities


  • Accelerating access to postnatal care and chlorhexidine in PNG

  • Accelerating healthy agriculture and nutrition

  • Accelerating Immunisation and Health System Strengthening (AIHSS)

  • Engaging men to improve family health and prevent gender-based violence

  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

  • HMHB - Health Services for Postnatal and Infancy Care

  • Improved point-of-care test to eliminate congenital syphilis

  • Integrated solutions for healthy birth, growth, and development in Lao PDR

  • SRHIP: Sexual & Reproductive Health Integration Project

  • Sustainability of HIV Services for Key Populations in Asia Program (SKPA)

  • The Mbereko + Men Model: Rural Zimbabwe

Staff Members

  • Abdul Haseeb Memon

    Abdul Haseeb Memon
    Project Accountant

  • Brooke Vandenberg

    Brooke Vandenberg
    International Health Project Officer

  • Bruce Parnell

    Bruce Parnell
    Health Systems Partnership Specialist

  • Chad Hughes

    Chad Hughes
    Head of International Development; Regional Director, Mekong

  • Charlotte  Wirtz

    Charlotte Wirtz
    Honours student

  • Julie  Tartaggia

    Julie Tartaggia
    Program Manager, Lao PDR and the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP)

  • Lisa Davidson

    Lisa Davidson
    Deputy Program Director, Behaviours and Health Risks; Sexual and Reproductive Health Specialist

  • Maura Elaripe

    Maura Elaripe
    Project Officer - SKPA Program

  • Parker  Franck  Hou

    Parker Franck Hou
    Project Officer - SKPA Program

  • Patricia Sengele

    Patricia Sengele
    Finance and Administration Officer

  • Shan  Huang

    Shan Huang
    Global Health Specialist

  • Yasmin Mohamed

    Yasmin Mohamed
    Women's and Children's Health Specialist (Parental leave till August 2021)