The future of Australia’s role in global health

Principal Specialist, Health, at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Stephanie Williams, joined The George Instiute for Global Health to discuss the future of Australia's role in global health.

In the third seminar of the think tank series, Stephanie discussed the trends in Australia’s aid spending; current priorities for health aid and Australia’s role on the global stage. The seminar also looked at where domestic and international policy priorities intersect, such as tobacco control and health security, and provide an overview of the range of Australian government stakeholders engaged in international health, beyond DFAT. 

About our speaker

Dr Stephanie Williams is a Public Health Physician and Epidemiologist. Before joining DFAT, Dr Williams was a Medical Adviser in the Office of Health Protection in the Australian Government Department of Health. She provided clinical and technical advice to support health responses to communicable diseases, natural disasters and terrorist events; shaped national communicable disease control policy, emergency response planning and strategic engagement with research for policy outcomes. Her areas of interest include epidemiology and surveillance of communicable diseases, global health security and public health policy. Dr Williams other previous roles have included: Public Health Registrar for Victoria’s Chief Health Officer; Technical Officer in Global Health Security for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva; and as a medical doctor in Australia and overseas for Medicines Sans Frontières and the WHO.