International Health SIG

The International Health SIG was formed to focus on global health issues and health issues that impact developing countries especially in the Asia Pacific Region. The objectives of the IH SIG are to promote understanding, dialogue and advocacy around global health issues especially those that impact developing countries and vulnerable populations.

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International Health SIG Committee:

Convenor: Professor Jaya Dantas


Dr Jaya A. R. Dantas is Dean International, in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Professor of International Health, in the School of Public Health at Curtin University in Western Australia. She coordinates the Postgraduate Research Program (MPhil & PhD) in International Health. Between 2011 and 2017, she was Director of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences and chaired the Faculty Research Training Committee. Jaya has worked for 32 years in India, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Australia and has undertaken teaching and research in Timor Leste, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Pakistan and South Africa. Her central research interests focus on the consequences of post-conflict adversity on women and youth; the social determinants of health, and resilience and empowerment processes among refugee and migrant populations. Jaya’s research uses rights based participatory approaches to understand health and social inequalities. She is experienced in international field mixed methods research comprising community household surveys, vulnerability assessments, participatory and intervention research. In her role as International Health SIG convener, Jaya is involved in National and International Advocacy, National Submissions, Media Releases, Policy updates, contributing to the PHAA Intouch blog, and presenting at the annual PHAA conference. She welcomes members to get in touch, join the committee, and contribute in any way they can.

Co-Convenor: Associate Professor Brahm Marjadi


A/Prof Brahmaputra (Brahm) Marjadi joined the International health SIG in 2012, serving as Co-Convenor in 2014-2020 before stepping down to a Committee Member position while he co-established and led the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion SIG in 2020-2023. He was re-appointed as IH SIG Co-Convenor in 2023 with a mission to prepare the future leaders of the SIG. He has served as PHAA Board Member (2020-2022) and became a Fellow of the PHAA and Mentor of the Year in 2022.

Brahm is the Associate Dean for Engagement and Associate Professor in Community Engaged Learning at the Western Sydney University School of Medicine. With a medical degree from Indonesia, he has an eclectic career path since 1996 in GP practice, medical microbiology, health promoting schools, grassroot public health organisations, disease prevention and control, medical education, and intersectionality of diversity aspects. Across his experiences, three things remain constant: his passion for teaching, his service to marginalised populations, and his interest in crosscultural knowledge translation.


Committee Members: Dr Joanne Flavel, Dr Olumuyiwa Omonaiye, Maddison Sims, Claire O'Brien, Chithra Mandalam, Serena Booy, Anna Alex

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