The CAHHF team with Australian Ambassador to China, Her Excellence Ms Frances Adamson and the Chinese Health Minister Mr Chen Zhu (both centre).
Chinese Health Minister, Mr Chen Zhu and the Australian Ambassador to China, Her Excellency Ms Frances Adamson have praised the achievements of the China-Australia Health and HIV/AIDS Facility (CAHHF) at the official closing ceremony.
The AusAID-funded CAHHF has supported the strengthening of China’s health system in response to the Chinese Government’s health reform agenda for the past five years.
In association with HLSP, the Burnet Institute managed the Facility, with over 50 diverse health-related research activities stemming from the initiative.
Both the Minister and Ambassador stated that CAHHF’s end marks the beginning of a new chapter in China-Australia health collaboration.
As future cooperation moves beyond bilateral aid, an emphasis will be placed on mutually beneficial partnerships. Future collaborations are likely to include a focus on regional approaches to infectious diseases (including cross-border action on disease threats), food safety and non-communicable diseases.
CAHHF’s 53 policy-relevant research and development activities were led by 29 Chinese health institutions with support from 26 Australian institutions - results contributed to 75 new health policies, half of which were at the national level.
In October 2012, Burnet staff and Chinese counterparts presented results from CAHHF at the Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Beijing.
The symposium provided an opportunity for exceptional Chinese researchers involved in CAHHF to play an increasingly active role in the growing international movement in health systems research.