BRISBANE - New research partnerships to tackle health challenges in the Pacific, including violence against women and girls, are expected to result from an important gathering at the University of Queensland next year.
Hosted by UQ’s School of Public Health, the Pacific health governance workshop will be the first in a series of events to address some challenging aspects of health policy.
UQ researcher Dr Owain Williams said the workshop will be a catalyst for joint projects in research and innovation in health, governance and development.
“The workshop will cover issues such as gender-based violence, disease pandemics, sanitation, food security and non-communicable diseases,” said Dr Williams.
“It will address the United Nations sustainable development goals by bringing together stakeholders to develop research agendas that are Pacific-driven, need-responsive and create action strategies.”
Pacific scholars and practitioners have been awarded international scholarships to attend the inaugural event, which will feature a keynote speech by Pacific Community director-general Dr Colin Tukuitonga.
Dr Tukuitonga, who has held appointments with the New Zealand government and the World Health Organisation, will discuss the Pacific Community’s role as the principal scientific and technical organisation in the region.
“This conference brings together experts from across the Pacific region’s 26 country and territory members to address issues around where the capacity and research needs are and how we can best provide research to help Pacific Health,” Dr Tukuitonga said.
The workshop will be held on 15 and 16 February at UQ’s St Lucia campus.