As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect the populations of the Pacific Islands, and as the region continues to rebuild from the aftermath of a recent tropical cyclone, they are faced with another public health battle: dengue fever. More than 4,000 cases have been reported in recent weeks in both Fiji and the Marshall Islands, and several more islands are at risk of outbreaks. Some children have lost family during the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent cyclone, and some have suffered from anxieties. The cyclone caused widespread damage to infrastructure, placing the healthcare system under even greater pressure. Understandably there are extremely serious mental health issues. You must develop a culturally sensitive approach that will effectively address the problem of children’s mental health. You need to present a long-term vision along with a detailed implementation plan for the first year. Your budget is $1 million (USD). You have one week.
This is the type of challenge you will face as part of the Indo Pacific Global Health Case Competition, organised in partnership with the University of Melbourne. Developing an innovative solution to a significant global health challenge like this requires an interdisciplinary team. Have you got what it takes?
At the Indo Pacific Global Health Case Competition, teams of up to six students will be given a major global health problem to work on over several days. Students will then present their strategy to address the problem before a panel of judges in Melbourne. The team will be accompanied and supported by UNSW academic mentors. The costs associated with the team’s travel to Melbourne for the competition will be supported by UNSW.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning team.
UNSW will select six postgraduate students to compete in the Global Health Case Competition in Melbourne and you could be one of them.
UNSW’s team will need students from diverse academic backgrounds, as global health goes far beyond medicine. Factors such as food and water quality, education, economics, human rights and good government are all health influencers, as described in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Students from all postgraduate degrees at UNSW are encouraged to apply.
- Friday 4 November at 5:00pm
- Apply here
Notification of acceptance
- Friday 11 November
Case Scenario Released
- Monday 18 November
Team Presentation in Melbourne
- Monday 5 December