The Global Health Gateway is Australia and New Zealand’s hub for everyone interested in global health careers. By providing up-to-date information, access to work and training opportunities, and links with other passionate individuals we seek to inspire and equip individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds to contribute as global citizens towards effective, appropriate and sustainable health improvements for humanity.
As a registered non-profit association the Global Health Gateway is powered by a committed volunteer Team, and backed by some great Supporting Organisations – and there are many ways you can get involved.
Vision, Mission, Objectives
- A world in which all people are enabled to enjoy a healthy life with equitable access to health care.
- To inspire and equip individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds to contribute as global citizens towards effective, appropriate and sustainable health improvements for humanity.
- To provide a gateway and facilitate access to Global Health related events, education and work, as well as the sharing of ideas and opportunities at home and abroad.
- To develop a network and foster community between individuals and organisations who are interested in Global Health.
- To deliver resources that will educate and inspire individuals to engage with Global Health.
- To encourage dynamic interaction and debate amongst users within the Global Health Gateway and the wider community.
- Health is a fundamental Human Right, as recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and enshrined in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1976).
- Health For All is achievable for the current generation, and is both more urgent and attainable than when it was proposed in the Declaration of Alma Ata (1978).
The Story So Far…
Global Health interest and involvement has been growing rapidly among health professionals in Australia, New Zealand and indeed around the world. We want to inform ourselves about the major health challenges facing the world and find ways to contribute to making the world a better place. But while the opportunity to be involved, to learn, and to tangibly contribute to health issues of global importance has never been greater; it is not always easy to navigate a global health career pathway.
In 2009 a group of health professionals gathered to work out how they could help bridge that gap – the gap between passionate and interested individuals and the huge variety of global health work and training opportunities. Coming from a range of backgrounds we had all been involved in global health and were eager to sustain our passion, develop our skills and knowledge, and make sure our efforts were effective and ethically sound.
Rather than start new initiatives, we formulated the idea of an online ‘gateway’ to global health – providing the space where everyone could share ideas, resources and opportunities.
The Global Health Gateway was formally launched in April 2010, and it unique role was quickly realised both by individual users and many global health related organisations. Since then there have been big changes, both in its public web-face and its behind-the-scenes organisation.
Where we are today
The Global health Gateway website is now the major access point to global health vocational and training information and opportunities for people in Australian and New Zealand. It provides a dynamic platform to share up-to-date work and education opportunities and develop a space for open and respectful dialogue on current health issues, ideas and events. It is accessed by hundreds of individuals and organisations each month, and according to our annual survey is having a real impact on users – the majority of respondents reported that using the Global Health Gateway had made them more likely to take up a new educational, work or volunteer opportunity in global health, and made them more passionate and committed to global health (GHG Annual Report 2010-11, GHG Annual Report 2011-12).
As an organisation, the Global Health Gateway is an incorporated association that is fully run by a dedicated team of volunteers and is accountable to an advisory board of esteemed global health, development, educational and finance representatives. It is supported by a number of organisations and individuals who provide a range of financial, in-kind and professional support.
The Global Health Gateway is open to all individuals, regardless of career or background, and is not affiliated with ideological, religious, business or political interests. Individuals and organisations are always welcome to get involved, use and support the work of the Global Health Gateway.
The following organisations share Global Health Gateway’s vision of inspiring and equipping Australian and New Zealanders into effective careers in global health. We are proud to work together in supporting the growing global health community.