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Workshop Two

The Pacific Health Governance Research Network (PHGRN) is proud to announce its second Workshop which will be held 31st October – 2nd November 2018, at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi, Fiji.

Workshop Two will once again provide opportunity for attendees to discuss research partnerships and projects with counterparts and interested stakeholders. In addition, it will build upon the work of mapping research needs started in Workshop One with more focused discussions on the five major research themes. Workshop Two will also aim to generate concept notes, research groups, and outline agreements toward funding proposals and collaborative actions. In response to feedback from Workshop One, Workshop Two will be longer and aims to more closely involve policy makers, multilaterals and donors in discussion. We look forward to facilitating exciting collaborations between researchers and practitioners who are focused on addressing the health challenges in the region.

As we did at the first workshop, we are using a non-conventional workshop format which is designed to allow our attendees to engage with each other to explore issues in depth, and to develop new and exciting partnerships. Presenters and facilitators are both Pacific and international researchers and practitioners, and breakout sessions use a modified talanoa method to facilitate hearing from all our attendees to learn from their knowledge and experience.

Those interested in attending can register here.


15 February, 2018 - 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.