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Centres and Units

Centres and Units within the School

WHO Collaborating Centre for eHealth

The UNSW School of Population Health is designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre on eHealth, with Professor Siaw-Teng Liaw as Head of the Centre. The Collaborating Centre program of work for 2018-2021 will support: 1. WHO activities in eHealth in areas such as strategy development, implementation, capacity building and evaluation; and 2. WHO regional activities in eHealth in areas such as capacity building implementation and evaluation at the country level. The Collaborating Centre will work together with WHO regional offices to mobilize country actions around eHealth implementation and evaluation and capacity building at the country level to develop and implement Integrated Person Centred Health Services to support Universal Health Coverage within the inter-sectoral framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. ( Liaw ST et al. Global eHealth, Social Business and Citizen Engagement: A Natural Convergence? In: A.V. Gundlapalli et al. (Eds.). MEDINFO 2017: Precision Healthcare through Informatics. Hangzhou, China: IIMIA & IOS Press, 2017, p. 773-7)

Yunus Social Business Health Hub

Professor Mohammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate (Peace) from Bangladesh, created the idea of ‘Social Business’ to solve the global social problems in health, education and poverty. Transforming poor and marginalised communities through research into social business and health is the aim of a new agreement between UNSW and Professor Yunus. Under the MOU, UNSW’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine will collaborate with the Yunus Centre, established by the Nobel laureate, to improve health outcomes for poor communities in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. The Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) serves as a global hub for Professor Yunus’s global engagement and operates as a technology centre, research and development group that enables social businesses to grow into effective, problem-solving enterprises in health, education and renewable energy. The UNSW YSBC will have a focus on E-health and social aspects of health in the developing world.

International NCD Surveillance and Research Group

The International NCD Surveillance and Research Group is involved in research, teaching and service aimed at prevention and control of the major NCDs. We conduct research into the causes, prevention and control of morbidity and premature mortality from cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic obstructive lung disease. This provides essential strategic information needed for design, implementation and evaluation of effective and cost-effective interventions at a population level to reduce morbidity and premature mortality from these illnesses.

Other UNSW Centres with links to the School
(including links to our teaching programs)

The Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE)

The Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE) provides a focus for primary health care and health equity related research, evaluation and development. Bringing together four previous research groups, the CPHCE makes important contributions to the field of primary health care and equity locally, nationally and internationally. The CPHCE is committed to intervention research that impacts on policy and practice. The long term vision of the centre is to improve the community’s health and wellbeing through a focus on improved primary health care services and development of policies and strategies that address health inequalities.

The Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society

The Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society is recognised internationally as a research leader in the field of HIV/AIDS and has applied this expertise to a range of other infectious diseases, notably viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections. The Institute’s primary functions relate to the coordination of national surveillance programs, clinical research and clinical trials. The Institute also contributes to training of health professionals, and development and implementation of health policy and programs. The Centre has an extensive range of collaborators, including the other national HIV research centres, State and Territory Health Departments, public and private clinical units, national and international organisations, and the corporate sector including the pharmaceutical industry.

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC)

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) is a premier research institution in Australia and is recognised internationally as a Research Centre of Excellence. The Centre is multidisciplinary and collaborates with medicine, psychology, social science and other schools of UNSW, as well as with a range of other institutions and individuals in Australia and overseas. The overall mission of NDARC is to conduct high quality research and related activities that increases the effectiveness of Australian and International treatment and other intervention responses to alcohol and other drug related harm.