Training programs

Our International Legal Training Program builds capability among government lawyers, policymakers and other leaders from low- and middle-income countries, empowering them to use of law to prevent cancer and other non-communicable disease (NCDs).


We offer a variety of training courses and workshops tailored to a range of professionals working in various contexts.

Intensive course

Our flaghship three-week intensive legal training course is designed for government lawyers, policymakers, and other leaders working on preventing and controlling NCDs. As part of their training, participants commit to a priority project that allows them to apply what they learned in the course to progress legal and policy developments in their countries.

Online course

Adapted from our intensive course, this six-week online training mixes self-paced modules with interactive live sessions covering key topics in harnessing law to prevent and control NCDs.

Alumni workshop

Our alumni workshop is a one-week course designed for returning intensive course participants, which helps them build on the momentum, skills and knowledge they gained through the initial training and subsequent support from the McCabe Centre. The workshop helps alumni build their leadership skills and expand their network of support.

Executive workshop

The executive level workshop is aimed at senior government officials, supporting them to make effective use of law to improve health outcomes in their countries.

Thematic and regional workshops

We facilitate a range of thematic and regional workshops alongside our partners and alumni. These include our one-week workshops on Australia's legal victories for tobacco plain packaging laws, as well as regional, alumni-supported law and NCD workshops in the Carribean and the Pacific.

Selecting participants

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

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Through these programs, we have trained supported more than 270 government lawyers and policymakers in 77 countries.

Known as McCabe Centre alumni, many of these leaders have gone on to develop, implement and defend laws aimed at addressing NCDs in their countries. 

Here is a quick glimpse of what our alumni have achieved with training and support from the McCabe Centre.

Program support

Our International Legal Training Programs are supported primarily by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Funding is also received from other government agencies and intergovernmental organisations.