"Our goal is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people.

Together we strive to combat diseases – infectious diseases like influenza and HIV and noncommunicable ones like cancer and heart disease. We help mothers and children survive and thrive so they can look forward to a healthy old age. We ensure the safety of the air people breathe, the food they eat, the water they drink – and the medicines and vaccines they need."

- Mission Statement of the WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is responsible for managing global health policy and monitoring trends and data related to health, disease and development. The World Health Assembly (WHA) acts as the decision-making body of the organisation and takes place annually in Geneva. The assembly determines the policies of the organisation, appoints the Director-General, supervises financial policies and approves program budgets. Key agenda items include: 

  • Antimicrobial resistance

  • Implementation of the United Nations’ High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth

  • Addressing the global shortage of, and access to, medicines and vaccines

  • Promoting the health of refugees and migrants

  • Global vaccine plan

Global Voices will work alongside the Australian Chief Medical Office and the Department of Health to deliver this delegation. We recommend students from a wide variety of backgrounds to apply. The diversity of topics covered at the Assembly reflects the many intersecting issues related to health.

In 2019, Global Voices has partnered with Curtin University, Central Queensland University, RMIT, and Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs. If you are a student at one of our partner institutions, click below for more information about how to apply for the WHA scholarship program.

CREDIT: WHO/A. Clements-Hunt

CREDIT: WHO/A. Clements-Hunt

CREDIT: WHO/S. Hollyman

CREDIT: WHO/S. Hollyman