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Capacity Building

An intensive course

Globally, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cancer, are the leading cause of death. Low- and middle-income countries bear a disproportionate burden, accounting for 86 per cent of premature NCD deaths – leading to and perpetuating poverty. Given the scale of the global burden, the prevention and control of NCDs, is a crucial development issue – and one we can’t tackle alone.

Through our International Legal Training Programs, we build the capacity, knowledge and expertise of government lawyers and policymakers from low- and middle-income countries in the use of law as an effective and essential tool to prevent and control cancer, as well as other NCDs. The Programs place an emphasis on coherent and mutually supportive practices and policies across health, trade, investment, sustainable development, and human rights.

With strengthened knowledge and understanding, participants are empowered to effect changes in law and policy to improve public health outcomes in their countries. Together, we are reducing the global burden of NCDs.

Since its initiation in February 2014, the McCabe Centre has carried out eight International Legal Training Programs, training a total of 149 participants from 63 countries.

Our programs

Intensive Course

The three-week Intensive Course builds the legal capacity of local policymakers, lawyers and leaders to support health and development outcomes.

Alumni Workshop

The Alumni Workshop is for returning Intensive Course participants to build upon the momentum, skills and knowledge gained through the initial training and post-Course support.

Executive Level Training

The Executive Level Training is aimed at senior government officials to support their legal knowledge to improve health outcomes in their countries.

Plain Packaging Workshop

The one-week workshop explores Australia’s recent victory in the World Trade Organization dispute and the implications for tobacco plain packaging.

Selecting participants

Participants are selected in coordination with World Health Organization (WHO) regional and country offices, and the Secretariat to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

The McCabe Centre’s International Legal Training Programs are supported primarily by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Funding is also received from other government agencies, intergovernmental agencies and civil society organisations.

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