Connecting People for Collective Learning and Excellence

Formerly called the ‘ANU COVID-19 Peer Support Program’, this program was established in April 2021 during the surge of COVID-19 pandemic in India and has provided significant support for clinicians and health workers – not only in India but across Pacific and South East Asian countries. The program attracted and pooled substantial networks of international health professionals from 36+ countries.  

As we transition into a post-pandemic phase, there is an opportunity to adapt this program to address health inequities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Link” will leverage existing networks for strategic partnership, mentoring and capacity development to promote value-based healthcare, equity-oriented health systems, and leadership in the health sector. 

‘The LINK’ aims to: 

  • Establish global inter-professional platforms to promote sustainable, resilient and equity-oriented health systems and health services with particular focus on resource-limited settings.   

  • Nurture innovative global inter-professional collaborations to facilitate effective knowledge exchange across disciplines and countries to promote value-based healthcare with particular focus on resource-limited settings.   

  • Leverage key strengths and existing networks to achieve excellence in health-related education and research by creating: (a) conducive learning spaces; (b) clinical and research capacity development; (c) mentorship and leadership training; and (d) exchange programs for both students and staff. 

This initiative is led by A/Prof Dipti Talaulikar and supported by a team of advisors and volunteers from across Australia and beyond. 


  • neither the university nor the remote peer assume any responsibility for patient care by participating in the program, and that responsibility continues to reside with the treating healthcare professional in the patient's country of residence;
  • if the healthcare professional in the concerned country needs their own healthcare or mental health assistance, it can only be provided by a proper provider in their country and neither the university nor the remote peer can assume that responsibility; and
  • if the remote peer in Australia or elsewhere has health or mental health needs through participating in the program, they should contact support services in their local area / state. Some support options are linked to the Volunteer registration webpage.