Ms Claire Brolan

Research Fellow

Centre for Policy Futures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Health and Human Rights

Claire Brolan is a Research Fellow at the School of Population Health (SPH) working on the Go4Health Project through an Australian-Government NH&MRC European Union Collaborative Research Grant (Grant Ref: 1055138). Led by Professor Gorik Ooms, a right to health lawyer from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Go4Health is an inter-disciplinary international research collaboration involving 13 academic and civil society institutions (including the Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development Uganda, Centre for the Study of Equity and Governance in Health Systems Guatemala, University of Oxford UK, Georgetown University USA, University of Toronto Canada, BRAC University Bangladesh, University of Nairobi Kenya, Heidelberg University Germany) that reports to the European Commission on formulating post-MDG health goals based on the best scientific evidence available (and to address the main shortcomings of the current health MDGs). Claire previously was the Project Coordinator for SPH’s Evidence Base for Health Policy in Vietnam Project with the Ministry of Health, Vietnam, funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies. She has taught in the core MPH/MIPH course of Social Perspectives in Population Health (PUBH7620), and jointly coordinates the Masters capstone course Project Planning for International Health (PUBH7108).

Claire's research interests centre on health and human rights (application of - and derogation from - the right to health in international law), with specific focus on the health needs of (and systems responses toward) cross border movements of people, as well as disability rights and policy. Claire’s public health experience is international and interdisciplinary in nature, with extensive experience working with refugee and marginalized, culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Claire has been further involved in a number of qualitative research projects investigating lay pespectives and community engagement around the right to health, particularly in the South-East Asia/Pacific region (Philippines, Vanuatu, Vietnam).

Claire is currently completing her PhD at The University of Queensland on the human right to health and the post-2015 health and sustainable development goal agenda.

Claire is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW (currently non-practising).


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Arts, University of London
  • Bachelor of Law, Bond University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bond University


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  • Friedman, Eric A., Jahn, Albrecht, Ooms, Gorik, Sridhar, Devi, Waris, Attiya, Akakimpa, Denis, Beiersmann, Claudia, Brolan, Claire, Durrani, Shireen, Edge, Jennifer, Eide, Asbjorn, Flores, Walter, Forman, Lisa, Gebauer, Thomas, Gostin, Lawrence O., Hammonds, Rachel, Hill, Peter S., Hussain, Sameera, Abdul, Laila, McKee, Martin, Müller, Olaf, Mulumba, Moses, Nantaba, Juliana and Ruano, Ana Lorena (2013) Realizing the right to health for everyone: the health goal for humanity Antwerp, Belgium: Go4Health

  • Davies, Philip, Parker, Deborah, Brolan, Claire, Davies, Gillian and Whipple, Patricia (2010) Identification of resources to support palliative care for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities St. Lucia, QLD, Australia: School of Population Health, The University of Queensland

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