Tibet Health Capacity Building Program (Tibet Health)

The Tibet Health team with Madam Yufei, Vice Director of the Tibet Regional Health Bureau and Tibet Health Chinese Team Leader (centre), Rebecca Bradley (Burnet Melbourne office), Li Bin (second from right) from Tibet Regional Health Bureau and Professor Li Shunping (far right) from Shandong University.

“The right program, at the right time, in the right place, with the right people.” That was the conclusion of a recent independent technical review of the Tibet Health Capacity Building Program (Tibet Health), an Australian Aid program underway in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) in which Burnet work closely with the Australian Government, as an implementing service partner.

Implemented in partnership with the Tibet Regional Health & Family Planning Commission, the Tibet Health Capacity Building Program represents the latest in a decade-long relationship between agencies, funded by the Australian government, working together to strengthen the TAR health system.

Holistic nursing at No.1 People’s Hospital

The Tibet Health Capacity Building Program focuses on assessing counterpart needs and coordinating technical support to improve management and clinical capacity within the TAR health system.

There are two main streams of activity:

  1. Health management
    These activities improve senior and mid-level health managers’ capacity to implement the TAR Five Year Plan for Health and their skills in organisation-based management. Health management training is being delivered, including short tailored courses that will lead to formal qualifications. The program also supports operational research activities to enable participants to apply skills learned through training.

  2. Building capacity in priority technical & clinical practices
    These activities complement investment in improving health management skills to ensure that as Regional leadership and policy develops, quality delivery of health services throughout the lower levels of the systems is also underway.

Training-of-trainers course

Activities include working with the Tibet Regional Health Bureau to develop service guidelines for county hospitals and township clinics, and identifying and supporting trainers to deliver technical training to hospital and clinic staff in identified priority areas.

The program is also working with the Centre for Disease Control system at all levels to improve the functioning of laboratories as well as disease outbreak preparedness and response.

Lai Youwen (left) is Tibet Health Team leader and Madam Yufei is Vice Director of the Tibet Regional Health Bureau and Tibet Health Chinese Team Leader.


The first phase of the Tibet Health Capacity Building program commenced on 15 September 2012 and concluded on 30 September 2015. The second phase concludes on 30 September 2017.


  • Australian Red Cross
  • Shandong University
  • Peking University
  • Tibet University
  • Sichuan University
  • Fudan University
  • China National Health Development Research Center, MOH
  • Shandong Provincial CDC
  • Jiangsu Provincial CDC
  • Peking Union Medical College Hospital
  • Qinghai Jiaotong Hospital


Australian Aid is funding AUD $7.5m for Phase 1


Contact Details

For any general enquiries relating to this project, please contact:

Julie Tartaggia

Program Manager, Lao PDR and the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP)




[email protected]