About the Nossal Institute

Our purpose

Nossal Institute's purpose is to improve the health of all people globally by deepening our collective understanding of how multiple systems operate and interact to shape health through applied research, learning and partnership.

Our goal

We aim to support the strengthening of health systems towards achieving health equity, inclusion, sustainability, people centredness, resilience and security.

We are systems thinkers

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Achieving health and wellbeing for all, necessitates recognising health outcomes are reliant on multiple relationships, processes and systems. Complex interaction between political, social, cultural, economic (including industrial), agricultural and ecological factors influences our health system and our health. Using a systems lens, the Nossal Institute for Global Health’s multi-disciplinary team of experts work with partners to formulate, explore, monitor and evaluate policies, strategies and programs in different settings for their impact on the health and wellbeing of people drawing on and contributing to an evidence based understanding of how these systems interact.

Ultimately, we use systems thinking to advance health equity, inclusion and sustainability.

Partnerships are at the heart of our work. We work with governments, academics, philanthropists, multilateral agencies and civil society partners to influence health outcomes for all through evidence building and applied research. We share and translate our research into policy and practice, as well as education, learning and capacity strengthening for current and future leaders.

How do we apply systems thinking?

We seek to understand the operation of systems in the real world. We focus on the contexts in which they were designed and operate, explore both their intended and unintended consequences and consider how they can equitably and best serve the health of populations

We draw on our trusted and extensive partnerships in the Asia Pacific and beyond to undertake collaborative research, engaging our collective expertise across a broad range of disciplines.

We communicate and translate knowledge into policy and practice. Our teaching and learning experts integrate these insights and learnings from our research into degree programs, short courses, and continuing professional development programs.

Our approaches

To deliver our goal, we support evidence building, capacity strengthening, applied research and evaluations, policy development and work in partnerships.

  • Evidence building

    We explore different elements of systems to build understanding of how social, political, economic, health, agricultural and cultural systems operate and interact to impact health at the global, national and local levels.

  • Capacity strengthening

    We work with partners to  develop relevant and sustainable skills, structures and resources across the partnership

  • Applied research

    Our researchers are at the leading edge of discovery to develop, test and validate approaches to improving global health.

  • Policy development

    We use our expertise to work with decision makers to develop and improve policies that promote the health well being of communities and support their implementation.

  • Partnerships

    Partnership is essential to everything we do. It ensures relevance, quality, sustainability and ownership.

Our work

We establish and extend the evidence base for strengthening health systems and extending universal health coverage to ensure access to health care and to promote well-being across our region’s diverse communities.

The Nossal Institute is multi-disciplinary. We draw on academic and professional expertise from a broad range of disciplines, sectors and regions for our applied research, teaching and leadership.

Disability Inclusion for Health and Development

The Disability Inclusion for Health & Development team's research & technical support is working to ensure no-one gets left behind. Meet our team & see our projects

Education and Learning

Our education and learning program takes a whole-of-institute approach that guarantees academic excellence and real world relevance through the integration of insights from our research and development practice. Meet our team & see our projects

Health Systems Governance and Financing

Countries need strong health systems governance and financing to adapt to changing health needs. Our Health Systems Governance & Financing team work  to improve equity in the distribution of and access to health services. Meet our team & see our projects

Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health

We support countries to build strong health systems that will deliver quality Maternal Health, Sexual Reproductive Health which is affordable and accessible for all. Meet our team & see our projects

One Health

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. OneHealth research combines the elements of environmental-health, animal-health and human-health for a common goal. Meet our team & see our projects