Centre for Global Health and Equity

At the Centre for Global Health and Equity, we combine academic expertise with practical know-how. Our multidisciplinary team is committed to improving health outcomes and making a real difference to people’s lives. The Centre for Global Health and Equity also has a network of Adjunct Faculty and Fellows.

Distinguished Professor of Health Sciences Richard Osborne leads the way in global health literacy and equity. Professor Osborne has had continuous National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding since 2004 and holds an NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship, which runs until 2023. It focuses on 'globalising effective health literacy approaches to assist countries to reduce health inequalities and disease burden’. In 2018, Clarivate Analytics listed Professor Osborne as a Highly Cited Researcher in the cross-field category.

Our people


Distinguished Professor Richard Osborne

Director and Distinguished Professor rosborne@swin.edu.au

Associate Professor Roy Batterham

Associate Professor rbatterham@swin.edu.au

Dr Shandell Elmer

Senior Research Fellow slelmer@swin.edu.au

Ranjit G Nadarajah

Strategic Research, Programs, Partnerships and Development rgajendra@swin.edu.au

Kerrie Paulger

Licensing officer kpaulger@swin.edu.au

Professor Gerald Elsworth

Fellow and Adjunct gelsworth@swin.edu.au 

Professor Kenneth Yongabi

Fellow and Adjunct  

Associate Professor Elizabeth Hoban


Melanie Hawkins

Postdoctoral Research Fellow melaniehawkins@swin.edu.au

Dr Christina Cheng

Postdoctoral Research Fellow cccheng@swin.edu.au