Global Health: Improving child and adolescent health in developing countries around the world

Strategic Initiative: Global Health

The Melbourne Children's Global Health Initiative aims to reduce inequity and improve child and adolescent health in developing countries around the world. We will achieve this through partnerships in research, public health, education and advocacy.

The work of the Institute extends outside Australia's national borders. Together we are committed to understanding global health problems and developing efficient, affordable means of preventing and treating disease.

Through partnerships in research, public health, education and advocacy, Murdoch Children's is establishing itself as a global health centre to coordinate, support and implement interdisciplinary research, education and health services that address issues facing the poorest children in the world. We have a particular focus on using public health interventions and health promotion to combat infectious diseases and prevent morbidity and mortality affecting populations in developing areas.  This includes vaccine development, implementation and oversight, global disease epidemiology and social and behavioural interventions.

We have formed formal partnerships with leading paediatric hospitals in the United States, Cincinnati Children's Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), to provide evidence-based advice to peak bodies such as the World Health Organization and collaborate with philanthropic organisations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Our ultimate aim is to reduce the health inequality in our local communities and worldwide. Our global program spans from work with families in the northern suburbs of Melbourne and Indigenous communities in outback Australia, to vaccine programs in disadvantaged populations in South East Asia and Africa.



Murdoch Children’s Research Institute is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory to the Code of Conduct. As a signatory, our work is conducted with transparency, accountability and integrity in line with the guidelines and principles of the ACFID Code of Conduct. 

Complaints relating to a breach of the ACFID Code of Conduct should be made using the complaints procedure. If complaints are not adequately resolved they can be referred to the ACFID Code of Conduct Committee.

Further information on the code is available on the ACFID website.

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