Global Health


A Foundation for Community, Research, Education, Access, Training and Empowerment

Global Health Initiative (Aus) Ltd was set up in Australia as a not-for-profit organisation in 2019. We work to address issues of concern in our communities, such as social and health issues, build partnerships and provide leadership to help enable positive change in the global community. GHI (Aus) has a particular focus on medicinal cannabis education and research into its efficacy in a range of different health conditions.

In the news

Public Event at the National Institute of Integrative Medicine: Prof Kylie O’Brien PhD (Aust), Dr Philip Blair MD (US)and James Driskill (US)

GHI Australia Medicinal Cannabis Education Events Australia Feb 2020 

Professor Kylie O’Brien and Dr Philip Blair MD (USA) have spent 9 days presenting 5 different education events in medicinal cannabis in Australia. This included a sell-out doctor training course in Brisbane in collaboration with the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) and a public event at the National Institute of Integrative Medicine (NIIM) in Melbourne on 26 February 2020. 

Pictured here with Prof Ian Brighthope, (founder of ACNEM and Board member of NIIM) and James Driskill, founder of Happy Tree Microbes (USA), an expert in medicinal cannabis cultivation.

GHI Australia is pleased to announce the first of its 2020 medicinal training courses which will be co-hosted with the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM). Featuring Dr Philip Blair MD from the US, retired Colonel in the US Army who is a practising family physician. The course will be held in Brisbane on 22/23 February 2020. Places are limited. Click here for more information

Professor Kylie O’Brien Interview on Medicinal Cannabis with Guy Lawrence 

Interview: Demystifying Medicinal Cannabis, CBD Oil & THC with Professor Kylie O’Brien. Guy Lawrence interviews Dr. Kylie O’Brien (Dec, 2019). Click Here to view interview. 


Conference Events 2019

Professor Kylie O’Brien spoke at the Can Ex Jamaica Business Conference in Montego Bay on 26-27 Sept 2019 (

She was also the Keynote speaker at the Nutraceutical and Functional Foods Congress Asia in Singapore on 19-20 Nov 2019 where she spoke on the medicinal and nutraceutical value of cannabis.  


Global Health Initiative Foundation for:

Community, Research, Education, Access, Training and Empowerment.



Building strong communities locally and globally by working with local communities on strategic healthcare solutions and public health initiatives.


Advancing sustainable healthcare by conducting clinical research into medicinal cannabis and other nutritional medicines in targeted areas of need.


Enabling health and wellbeing of individuals and communities by providing public education about nutrition/diet, exercise, environmental and other factors, and nutritional medicines such as medicinal cannabis.


Creating access to medicinal plant-based products including medicinal cannabis, through partnering with other organizations to provide optimal healthcare to underserved regions around the world.


Providing evidence-based training and certification in medicinal cannabis for medical practitioners, nurses, and allied healthcare practitioners via face-to-face and eLearning online training courses.


By lifting our communities together and living and promoting the values of self-respect and respect for others, we help build a strong foundation for a healthier world.


The GHI Foundation is focused on six main strategic areas:

Research and Community Health Projects

We facilitate and conduct clinical research into the efficacy of medicinal cannabis and other plant-based medicines for the treatment of key areas of illness, and work collaboratively with local communities on community health projects in areas of need.

Public Education Events

GHI provides evidence-based public education on a range of health issues, including nutritional and environmental approaches to health, with a focus on medicinal cannabis

Medicinal Cannabis Research Library

GHI has curated a wide range of scientific papers on medicinal cannabis, by condition.


Healthcare Practitioner Training and Education

GHI provides healthcare practitioner education in integrative medicine approaches to health, with a focus on medicinal cannabis, through a range of educational activities.

Consultancy Services to Industry

GHI provides consultancy services to medicinal cannabis, hemp, and other natural medicine companies including advice on education, R&D strategy, clinical study protocols, product information brochures and company/product-focused education.

Medicinal Cannabis Prescriber Directory

GHI provides a directory of medical practitioners prescribing medicinal cannabis in Australia, which will be expanded to other countries in the future.

Keep in touch with us for all the latest upcoming news and announcements.

Global Health Initiative is leading the effort to educate physicians, healthcare providers and potential patients about the benefits of cannabinoid-based medicine as part of its Human Health programs.