About Us

The Melbourne University Health Initiative (MUHI) is a student-run charity dedicated to public and global health. Students from a diverse range of faculties, with a common passion for elevating healthcare standards, are involved with MUHI. We are supported by the Nossal Institute for Global Health and as the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

Our Purpose
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Local Programs

MUHI believes in the importance of education and awareness in improving health outcomes. Our local programs include VCE tutoring for underrepresented Victorian students, and engaging the local university community through health-related conferences, mentoring, and free public lectures.

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Global Programs

Our ultimate goal is to elevate health standards around the world. Teams of MUHI volunteers travel to villages in Kenya to inform and educate residents on health issues, particularly preventable diseases. We also send medical equipment to communities in need across the globe.

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We’re always looking for more people to get involved with what we do. You can join us as a staff member, volunteer for individual programs, or sign up for community volunteering – don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date with opportunities!

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Featured Articles

These articles have been submitted by both MUHI members and generous contributors. There are a mix of opinion pieces, informative pieces, personal stories and light-hearted banter.Check back regularly to keep up to date!
Polio - The Endgame Strategy

Polio – The Endgame Strategy

The poliovirus is a mere 30 nanometres in diameter yet has wreaked havoc for thousands of years. While most patients have no symptoms, 1 in 20 experience fever, a sore throat, nausea and vomiting. A further 1 in 200 will suffer from paralysis. In the most severe cases this includes the muscles needed for breathing, with images of children in so called ‘iron lungs’ now infamous. However, scientific advances over the past 50 years mean that it is now on

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The Effects of Time, Place and Lifestyle on Cancer Risk

Cancers are a leading cause of death across the globe, accounting for 13% of all fatalities in 2008. That is 7.6 million in absolute numbers. This means that cancers cause more deaths than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria collectively. Cancers are often thought of as one disease, and in essence they can be defined as the uncontrolled replication of abnormal cells. However, the development of cancer in different tissues and organs is encouraged by different risk factors, which can be broadly

So who wants to talk about contraception? Teenagers look the other direction in class, teachers stumble over their words, and parents do their best to avoid the topic until their child is 18 years old. It is a difficult topic, of course, but what many parents do not realise is that by not overcoming the initial embarrassment and feelings of awkwardness, they may be putting their children at major health risk.

Youth of Australia – Ignorant or Uneducated?

So who wants to talk about contraception? Teenagers look the other direction in class, teachers stumble over their words, and parents do their best to avoid the topic until their child is 18 years old. It is a difficult topic, of course, but what many parents do not realise is that by not overcoming the initial embarrassment and feelings of awkwardness, they may be putting their children at major health risk. The misuse of contraceptives (or lack thereof) throughout a

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