Global Health Governance - A Search for Meaning

16 July 2009

The Menzies Centre for Health Policy is pleased to invite you to the inaugural S. T. Lee Lecture.

The University of Sydney, by way of a gift, established the S.T. Lee Lecture Fund in 2008 to invite a distinguished scholar and/or practitioner on the subject of contemporary health policy to deliver an annual lecture. The S.T. Lee Lecture is named for Seng Tee Lee, a business executive and noted philanthropist. Dr Lee is director of the Lee group of companies in Singapore and of the Lee Foundation.

The inaugural S. T. Lee Lecture will be delivered by:

Dr. Tikki Pang
Director, Research Policy & Cooperation (RPC/IER), World Health Organization

Global Health Governance - A Search for Meaning

From emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases to chronic diseases, and from fragile health systems in times of financial crisis to the health impacts of climate change, the world's peoples face a staggering array of multiple and diverse threats to their health and well-being.

Health equity remains elusive and the achievement of the health-related Millennium Development Goals remains a distant dream. The developing world bears the brunt of the burden with many of the largest developing countries located in the Asia Pacific region, home to 60% of the world's population.

Global health governance has an important impact on contemporary health policy which, at the level of individual countries, must deal and respond to these health threats. Unfortunately, and despite unprecedented amounts of resources, global health governance itself is in disarray due to fragmentation, poor coordination, inappropriate priorities, lack of accountability and transparency, and the absence of a common, shared vision.

New and innovative thinking and mechanisms are needed to overcome these barriers to effective global health governance which are based on an inter-sectoral and integrated view, inclusiveness, transparency and accountability, a foundation of sound evidence, clear definition of roles, and a shared sense of mission and purpose. In the form of ideas, experience, values and resources, the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, has much to contribute to the development of more effective and sustainable models of global health governance in the future.

Responder: Roger Magnusson, Professor of Health, Law and Governance, Sydney Law School.

Seminar chair: Robert Cumming, Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Sydney.

Time: 5.30 pm (Refreshments will be served from 5 pm)

Venue: New Law School Lecture Theatre 101, Access via Teaching Building, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney (Map reference K5 on

RSVP: Wednesday, 8 July to

Cost: This seminar is free of charge