Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy & International Affairs

2019 World Health Assembly (WHA)

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The Sir Walter Murdoch School, in partnership with Global Voices, is offering the exclusive Mal and Karyl Nairn Global Voices Scholarship to a student to represent Australia at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, this year.

The successful applicant will participate in the Global Voices Scholarship Program and join youth representatives from around Australia to meet with leaders and experts in health, policy, economics and international development.

The Scholarship Program consists of three components:
• Participation in the Global Voices Research Fellowship;
• Canberra Pre-Departure Briefings Program (16 - 18 May); and,
• Attendance at the WHA (20 May - 24 May).

The Research Fellowship allows the successful applicant to develop research, analysis and policy-writing skills through developing a policy paper related to the delegation agenda. This policy paper must include specific recommendations for domestic policy application.

In addition to travelling to Geneva to attend the WHA, all Scholars travel to Canberra to participate in a Pre-Departure Briefings Program. This includes private meetings with policy experts, economists, Commonwealth Departmental Secretaries, Members of Parliament, and civil-society leaders.

The scholarship place is fully funded by Sir Walter Murdoch School, through Mal and Karyl Nairn, and includes all domestic and international flights, accommodation, breakfasts, visas, insurance, and registration fees.

The Global Voices Scholarship is open to Sir Walter Murdoch School students.
Applicants must be:

• An Australian citizen or permanent resident
• Aged 18 to 30 years
• Available to travel to Canberra and Switzerland for the specified dates
• Able to commit 5 hours a week to completing the Research Fellowship.

Applicants should have a good understanding of Australia's public health priorities and an interest in health-related policy, health promotion, population and global health, human rights and international development.

Applications close: 1 February, 2019.

For more information on eligibility requirements and how to apply visit:

Young need voice at international tables.

Darcy Nidd (Public Policy Master's student) attended the World Bank / IMF Annual Meetings with Global Voices, funded by a scholarship from Mal and Karyl Nairn.

Read Darcy's thoughts here.

Op-ed: A century of ranked choice voting in Australia offers lessons for Maine

With the U.S. state of Maine recently adopting Australia’s preferential or “ranked-choice” voting system, Prof Reilly has given public presentations in Boston, Maine and Washington DC on lessons to be drawn from Australia’s century-long experience. Click on the link below for his op-ed on the subject.

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Clean Living: Vegan diets could save the world from global warming

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Darcy chosen to rub shoulders with business and diplomatic leaders in Bali

Sir Walter Murdoch School masters student Darcy Nidd is set to meet some of the most influential business and diplomatic leaders in Australia – and the world – after receiving the Mal and Karyl Nairn Global Voices ScholarshipDracy Nidd GV

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Policy Seminar with Dr Joanne Loundes, Australian Ambassador to Iraq | Tuesday 29th May | 1.00pm - 2.00pm | Murdoch University | Learning Link Building 513 Room 1.002

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Dr Loundes is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently Chief Economist, Trade and Investment, Office of Economic Analysis. In Canberra, she has held a range of positions including Director, G20 Branch and Director, APEC Branch. Overseas, Dr Loundes has served as Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Kabul and First Secretary, Australian Embassy, Tokyo. Dr Loundes holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Murdoch University.

Dr Vicky Mason, Academic Chair, Masters of International Affairs and Security

Please RSVP to by Friday 25th May.

Director-General comes to the classroom

The Sir Walter Murdoch School is all about linking theory with practice. This week Mr Mike Rowe, Director-General of the WA Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, spoke to our Public Sector Management class about the need for Strategic Management in the Public Sector. Students had the opportunity to engage with strategic management lessons in an Australian context and to connect them comparative lessons from public sector reform around the world.

Global Voices Applications Open

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We have two full scholarships on offer. 

The first, which takes place in October 2018, will take students to the annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, which will this year take place for the first time in Bali, Indonesia. All details and applications for this scholarship are via

The second scholarship takes place in May 2019 for the annual meeting of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, which should be of particular interest to our Health Policy students. All details and applications for this scholarship are via 

The closing dates for the two scholarships are as follows:


Thu 19th April 2018 | 12.30pm - 1.30pm | Murdoch University (Building 460 Room 1.031)

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What does the paradox of prolonged economic stability, a new communication technology and media landscape, and the limitations of both federalism and nation-state primacy mean for how we go about politics in Australia in the 21st century? Josh Wilson MP, Federal member for Fremantle will share his thoughts on how we can best grapple with these challenges and what it means for Australia’s political system to address them.

About Josh Wilson:

Josh Wilson is the Federal Member for Fremantle. He is currently the Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on the NBN and a member of the House Economics Committee. Prior to entering parliament he was the Deputy Mayor of Fremantle (2011-16), where he led work on economic development and revitalization, and also introduced a successful Indigenous employment target. He was previously the Chief of Staff to Hon. Melissa Parke, including the period in which Ms Parke was the Minister for International Development. Josh has also worked as an Associate Lecturer at Curtin University, a paralegal and litigation project manager, and a freelance photojournalist and travel writer.

Please RSVP to by Tuesday 17th April.

Light lunch provided. Please note photos may be taken for social media purposes.

Scholarship Student reflects on why she chose Murdoch

The Sir Walter Murdoch School hosts many of the University’s Australia Award scholarship students. One example is Zambian student Mwape Mulumbi, who came to the School to pursue her Masters of Public Policy and Management and has emerged as the top-performing student in the School. Read her article in the Times Higher Education on why she moved to Australia and chose Perth and Murdoch University:

Is the Australian Health System in Crisis?

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Tue 20th March 2018 | 2pm - 3pm | Lecture Theatre 3.024, Building 250, Murdoch University South Street Campus (WA)

The Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs is hosting the 2018 inaugural Health Administration, Policy and Leadership Lecture, featuring Dr Stephen Duckett, Health Program Director of the Grattan Institute.
In this lecture, Professor Duckett will discuss the sustainability of the Australian health care system and outline some of the economic challenges facing the system. He will also review contemporary system issues including the future of the primary care system, hospital funding and quality of care in hospitals.

About Dr Stephen Duckett

Dr Stephen Duckett is Director of the Health Program at Grattan Institute. He has held top operational and policy leadership positions in health care in Australia and Canada, including as Secretary of what is now the Commonwealth Department of Health. He has a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas ranging from the introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals to new systems of accountability for the safety of hospital care. An economist, he is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.


Places for this event are strictly limited and registration is essential

The Sir Walter Murdoch School is also co-hosting the ACHSM WA Breakfast Forum Hospitals 2020: The Challanges for the Next Commonwealth-State Health Care Agreement. This event features Dr Stephen Duckett on the 16th of March. Click here to find out more.

Thanks to our partners: ACHSM and EY

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Health Administration, Policy and Leadership Program

Visit tour to Royal Flying Doctor Service

The students of the Health Administration, Policy and Leadership program had the unique opportunity to visit the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Jandakop Airport, Perth. The tour comprised a visit to the coordination centre where all emergency calls are received and services are assigned by level of urgency. The centre receives approximately 500 incoming and outgoing calls each day. On average 23 sick and injured patients are transported for medical treatment every day.

The students also had the opportunity to discuss the complexities of the funding provision of this charity, whose service are entirely free of charge. But the work of the RFDS is not limited to aeromedical evacuations and transfers. A significant work is devoted to primary health care through remote clinics that provide nursing and GP services, dental services, women’s health and allied health & medical specialists.

To complete the tour, the students visited the engineering hangars and patient transfer facilities – a fully equipped ICU. The final reaction was unanimous: it was a great opportunity to meet a life-saving service meant to reduce the healthcare access disparities of those who live, work and travel across Western Australia.

“Thank you for the opportunity to be part of the Tour of the Flying Doctor Serice. The tour helped to answer some of my pending questions. (…) I had an enlightening moment and I hope it will build towards my small contribution to this great cause.” Courage Madinya (Participant student)

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Sir Walter Murdoch School Policy Seminar: Fans First – The Optus Stadium Journey

Thu 22nd February 2018 | 12pm - 1pm | Room 1.002, Learning Link Building 513, Murdoch University South Street Campus (WA)

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David Etherton has spent the last decade as Chief Executive Officer of VenuesWest. With the opening of Optus Stadium, Western Australia now has a portfolio of sporting and entertainment venues that is among the best in the country. After starting with four venues valued at $180 million, VenuesWest now has a 13-venue portfolio valued at $2.2 billion, with nearly five million annual visitors expected in 2018/19. David has led VenuesWest through this growth whilst achieving exceptionally high customer satisfaction rates year on year. He was recognised in 2005 as a 40 under 40 leader and in 2017 was awarded the prestigious Murdoch University Leader of the Year in State or Federal Government Award.

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