About Odyssey

Who are we?

The Odyssey Hub comprises researchers from the Curtin University School of Public Health, working in collaboration with researchers from other disciplines and international institutions to investigate issues relating to public health, population mobility and migration in the Asia-Pacific region.

Our mission

Our mission is to foster multidisciplinary, inter-sectoral and multi-level collaborations and capacity-building to:

  1. understand the causes and consequences of public health issues affecting mobile and migrant populations in the Asia-Pacific region, and

  2. develop and evaluate ethical and evidence-informed responses to improve health and socio-economic outcomes for mobile and migrant populations in the Asia-Pacific region. 

 

Our Principles and Values

The Odyssey Hub adheres to the core research principles identified by the Second Global Consultation on Migration and Health – namely:

  • Interdisciplinary inquiry to develop a broad and deep understanding of the relationship between migration, mobility and health

  • Ethical research practices which respect confidentiality, promote the human rights of participants, and are sensitive to the risk of data being misused to blame, exclude and stigmatise migrant and mobile populations 

  • A commitment to community partnerships and co-design to strengthen research relevance, improve data quality, build community research capacity and facilitate knowledge translation

  • Collaboration at the global, regional, national and local levels to build capacity for research into health and migration, with a particular focus on offering mentorship and support to researchers from lower-income countries in the Asia-Pacific Region. 

 

What we do

The Odyssey Hub aims to improve planning, health promotion, service delivery and policy for mobile and migrant populations in the Asia-Pacific region by:

  1. Conducting original qualitative and quantitative research and synthesising existing knowledge to identify and understand emerging public health issues and build the evidence-base about the relationship between migration, mobility and health

  2. Building the capacity of mobile and migrant populations to design, conduct and apply public health research to address the needs of their communities

  3. Creating structures and mechanisms for collaboration between researchers, government agencies and community organisations working with mobile and migrant populations

  4. Engaging with decision-makers, practitioners and affected populations to facilitate knowledge translation and strengthen research impact

  5. Providing workforce training to health and other key service providers based on principles of best practice

  6. Offering training, support and mentorship to early career researchers from the Asia-Pacific region in relation to migration, population mobility and health

  7. Evaluating and advocating for the scaling-up of evidence-informed reforms to improve health and social outcomes for migrant and mobile populations. 

School of Public Health, Curtin University, Bentley, WA

+61 8 9266 4739

copahm@curtin.edu.au 

Building 400,  School of Public Health,

Curtin University, WA.

+61 9266 4739

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