MoU with India to improve public health training and education

February 15 / 152

The signing of memorandum of understanding between the University of Melbourne and the Public Health Foundation of India
The signing of memorandum of understanding between the University of Melbourne and the Public Health Foundation of India

Training in public health policy and leadership, improving disability programs and lessons from Australia in tobacco plain packaging policies are some of the collaborative projects in a new Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Melbourne and the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).

University of Melbourne Deputy Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor (International) Professor Sue Elliott said the agreement was a great opportunity for sharing expertise between the institutions.

“This agreement builds on a history of effective public health collaborations between the University, through the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health including the Nossal Institute for Global Health and the Public Health Foundation of India. We can expect further great things to come of this agreement as we consolidate and renew ideas for the future,” she said.

The Public Health Foundation of India is an independent institution that aims to strengthen training, research and policy development in the area of public health.

Professor Elliot and Professor KS Srinath Reddy, the President of PHFI, signed the MoU on Monday 16 February in New Delhi.

Current collaborations covered under the MoU include:

•A three-year Australian Aid program to help train the public health workforce in leadership

•Measuring disability in India: a tool developed by the University and being trialled by PHFI and the Community Health and Global Network (CHGN) Uttarakhand Cluster in India  

•Collaborative research, academic exchange visits, collaborative teaching and seminars and collaborative association in regional and global forums

•US National Institutes of Health Training Program involving faculty and trainees from PHFI, mainly the Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC) to train researchers on global health

•Leveraging Australia’s experience to work towards plain packaging of tobacco products in India, building on a substantive three-year collaboration between experts in India and Australia
 

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