The Health Policy and Health Finance Knowledge Hub is based at the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne.
Four Knowledge Hubs for Health were created in 2008 by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) to build knowledge, evidence and expertise for informing health policy dialogue in Asia-Pacific.
- Health Policy and Health Finance Hub (convened by the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne)
- Health Information Systems Hub (convened by the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland)
- Human Resources for Health Hub (convened by the University of New South Wales)
- COMPASS Women's and Children’s Health Knowledge Hub (convened by the Burnet Institute, along with Centre for International Child Health at the University of Melbourne and the Menzies School of Health Research)
In response to the need for increased efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals in the Asia-Pacific region, together with an increased commitment by the Australian Government to improving health outcomes, AusAID launched the Hubs to meet the need for improved evidence-informed, pro-poor health policy.
The Hubs were established to generate knowledge and build a culture of evidence-based policy. They also build on and strengthen networks, linking people and institutions—within Australia, Asia and the Pacific and the broader international community.
- To improve analysis of key health issues in Asia-Pacific for informing the policy-making process at all levels.
- To develop strong communication, networks and partnerships between Hubs, researchers, development partners and educational institutes.
- To disseminate research to influence the policy-making process at all levels.
- To improve the capacity of Australian institutions to subsequently improve the capacity of Asia-Pacific institutions to conduct evidence-based policy-making.
The Health Policy and Health Finance Hub conducts research across four themes:
- Pathways to universal coverage
- Mixed public-private health systems
- Policy challenges of rise in non-communicable diseases
- Development assistance and health financing in the Pacific