Upcoming Events

Workshop Three (TBA) Auckland, New Zealand

The PHGRN convenors have commenced arrangements for the third annual PHGRN Workshop to be held in Auckland, New Zealand (TBC mid-year 2020). Stay tuned for more information here, or on our social media.

Past Events

Workshop Two (20 – 22 February 2019) Nadi, Fiji

The second Pacific Health Governance Research Network (PHGRN) Workshop was held from 20th – 22nd February 2019 at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi, Fiji. The workshop was co-hosted by the Pacific Community (SPC), Fiji National University (FNU), and the University of Queensland (UQ). More than 100 participants from across the Pacific, including representatives from donors and regional bodies, government ministries, community groups, academia, and the private sector, took part in panel and break-out sessions which explored ongoing health challenges, mitigation strategies and stories of success from across the region.

The workshop was also pleased to welcome the Hon. Dr Ifereimi Waquinabete, (Minister for Health and Medical Services, Fiji) Dr Josephine Aumea Herman (Secretary of Health, The Cook Islands and Chair of the Pacific Heads of Health), Dr Audrey Aumua (Deputy Director-General SPC), Dr Isimeli Tukana (Director of the National Wellness Centre, MHMS, Fiji) and Professor Nigel Healy (Vice-Chancellor FNU). The footage of the Hon. Dr Ifereimi Waquinabete’s full keynote address can be viewed online

Breakout sessions again used a modified talanoa method in order to listen to people’s experiences and priorities for research and action. Many of the research program areas are already seeing proposals being developed and led, but there are opportunities to take forward other priorities and for leadership to be exercised by regional researchers. Partners interested to take leadership of identified research projects should please contact pacifichealthgovernance@gmail.com.

In addition to the research agendas, three points of consensus emerged from the breakout discussions. First, that the PHGRN was recognised as a key platform to advance a public health agenda in the Pacific, and there was a demand to expand the scope of annual meetings as well as to support more specialised sessions. Second, there is a need for the PHGRN to facilitate capacity building and training opportunities, especially for Pacific early career researchers and practitioners. Third, the creation of an online knowledge hub would be of benefit, as the lack of a centralised database was one of the most significant challenges to the research required to support the regions health related SDG objectives.    

The PHGRN was also very pleased to announce that Dr Colin Tukuitonga will be joining Dr Owain Williams as co-convenor for the PHGRN in 2020.

The full summary of the workshop, including detail on the three key areas of agreement emerging from the workshop, the workshop program, headline presentation summaries, and the research proposal outputs, can be found in the Workshop Two Summary Report.

Launch of the Pacific Health Governance Research Network with inaugural workshop

The Pacific Health Governance Research Network was launched on the 15th February at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia.

The first workshop was attended by partners and stakeholders from the Pacific, Australia and the wider region, including representatives from the Pacific Community (SPC), community groups, ministries and NGOs (see below for a list).

The Workshop opened with a networking reception launching the Pacific Health Governance Network, which featured a welcome from Professor Charles Gilks of the School of Public Health and the Australian journalist Jo Chandler. The following day, attendees benefited from a plenary keynote address by Dr Colin Tukuitonga of the Pacific Community (SPC), and breakout sessions under the five thematic pillars on which research is focusing.

The breakout sessions used a modified talenoa method to engage with all present, with a particular focus on listening to Pacific voices. From these voices, the theme leaders and facilitators distilled a series of potential research priorities and areas for collaboration which the network will take forward in coming years.

A summary of the conclusions and research priorities from the first workshop can be found in our Workshop One Summary Report.