Pacific Health Governance Research Network

Knowledge Translation for SDG Implementation

The Pacific island region is at the coalface of several major global changes and challenges to health. Health governance challenges relevant to the Pacific include: climate change induced impacts on health, food insecurity and nutritional/diet shifts, new and old infectious and non-communicable disease burdens, and water scarcity and insecurity. All of these deeply interrelated challenges to health are only projected to intensify in coming decades.

The Pacific Health Governance Research Network (PHGRN) is building a network to create spaces for research partnerships between Pacific researchers and stakeholders, and Australian and international counterparts. In addition to linking key stakeholders and researchers for research partnerships and project development, the PHGRN will serve as a vehicle to attract research funding around Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and health-related research in the region. Launched in February 2018, the PHGRN aims to be a sustainable long-term driver of Pacific-orientated health policy and governance research.

The Network’s research projects will be targeted at programs leading to positive change in the Pacific. The network focuses on health governance in relation to the SDG agenda, seeking to help the region meet goals and targets, and ensure that no-one is left behind. Research and actions under the PHGRN will be consistently informed by Pacific voices, to ensure integration of local knowledge into research and that research addresses practical local needs. Communication of findings will be presented in accessible and non-traditional formats to promote the benefit of research to communities and building regional capacities.

The PHGRN’s research is organised under five thematic pillars, which reflect the various intersections between health policy and governance and the SDG agenda. The five thematic pillars are:

Pacific Health Governance: Knowledge Translation for SDG Implementation

This two year project (2018 – 2020) is funded by the UQ Global Change Institute, and will investigate health governance in the Pacific under the SDG agenda.

The project is both a cross faculty endeavour involving: social scientists, geographers, and health sciences staff, and a bilateral collaboration with the Pacific Community. The project is twinned with the PHGRN and will produce a series of Joint Working Papers on the intersections between health governance and policy, and areas such as climate change and food security.

The Network Convenor for the Pacific Health Governance Research Network is Dr Owain Williams

The Co-Investigators are listed below.

The PHGRN has retrieved a small repository of background articles from the broader literature base which may be relevant to the work of our network partners. Literature is divided by research theme and is listed below.

The Network aims to provide a space for collaboration on health governance-related research. The Partnership Opportunities page provides an opportunity for our partners to seek and contact potential collaborators who share their research interests.

Network partners who wish to have their details, and research interests and opportunities listed on this page should email  

Participating organisations

  • Abt Associates
  • Afio Hospital
  • Atoifi Hospital/ Kwainaa`isi Cultural Centre
  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Australia national University
  • Centre for Pacific Health & Development Research, Auckland University of Technology
  • Centre for Samoan Studies, national University of Samoa
  • College of Medicine Nursing & Health Sciences, Public Health & Primary Care, Fiji National University
  • Cook Islands Ministry of Health
  • Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service
  • Deakin University
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Department of Health, Papua New Guinea.
  • Department of Water Resources, Republic of Vanuatu
  • East Sepik Provincial Health Authority
  • East Sepik Provincial Hospital
  • Family Planning Australia
  • Fiji National University
  • George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Griffith University.
  • High Commission of Canada in Australia
  • Hunter New England Population Health
  • Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney
  • International Water Centre
  • James Cook University
  • Mater Hospital Brisbane
  • Mater Research Institute, University of Queensland
  • McCABE centre for Law and Cancer
  • Ministry of Climate Change Adaptation, Republic of Vanuatu
  • Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination
  • Ministry of Health & Medical Services, Fiji
  • Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Kirbati
  • Ministry of Health, Republic of Vanuatu
  • Moana Research, University of Auckland 
  • National Health Services Standards, National Department of Health
  • National University of Samoa
  • Pacific Community (SPC)
  • Pacific Island Council of Queensland
  • Pacific Media Centre
  • Palladium International
  • Pasifika Student Affairs, Queensland University of Technology.
  • Pasifika Women's Alliance
  • Princess Margaret Hospital
  • Public Health Association of Australia
  • Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability
  • Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research
  • Queensland Health
  • Queensland Treasury
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Research for Development Impact Network
  • School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Science, National University of Samoa
  • Southern Queensland Centre for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
  • The Fred Hollows Foundation
  • The University of Sheffield
  • The University of the South Pacific
  • TNC Pacific Consulting
  • True Relationships
  • Tupaia
  • University of Auckland
  • University of New England
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Otago
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Zens Medical Clinic