Ship for World Youth Leaders Visit HOT NORTH

The Ship for World Youth Program is an initiative, funded by the Government of Japan, which invests in young global leaders.

These global youth leaders visited Menzies School of Health Research on the 9th of February to gain insight into the health and social problems facing the Northern Territory and wider northern Australia. 

Hearing from HOT NORTH researchers Dr Teresa Wozniak, Dr Chris Lowbridge and Dr Michael Binks, they learned about some of the key public health challenges being addressed by the organisation, through the HOT NORTH program.. 

Dr Chris Lowbridge spoke about tuberculosis control in our region, Dr Teresa Wozniak shared her experience as an epidemiologist in northern Australia and Dr Michael Binks explained his experience working on childhood respiratory infections in the Northern Territory.

In particular, they learned about the ongoing global public health threats and the emerging issue of antimicrobial resistance and were briefed on the work currently being undertaken to address these issues.

Participants gained an understanding of the importance of developing a unified response to address these critical health issues facing northern Australia, the region and globally. 

The participants also studied and discussed common issues from a global perspective and participated in various activities that involved multicultural and multinational exchange opportunities to cultivate international awareness and leadership.


The Ship for World Youth Leadership program is not something people complete and simply forget.  The Ship for World Youth Leadership program has lifelong involvement.

When participants return from the SWY program they become a member of SWY Australia, the SWY Alumni for Australia.  SWYA Australia is a registered charity developed by Australian ex-participants of the Ship for World Youth Program.  SWY Australia is the third largest SWY alumni in the world after Japan and Mexico.

Read more at the Ship for World Youth website.