Cochrane Australia supports the growth and development of Cochrane across countries in East Asia, South East Asia and Australasia. Several countries across the region have established networks to support growing number of Cochrane authors and to advance the mission of the organisation.
We work closely with many Cochrane people in the region and has established branches in Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. We also support emerging networks in Indonesia and the Philippines.
Much of the initial work to establish Cochrane's regional presence in South East Asia was made possible by the SEA-ORCHID Project. This was a five-year NHMRC-funded project from 2004-2008 that aimed to improve care during pregancy and childbirth by building capacity among clinicians to use evidence and support evidence-based practice.
We also serve as the reference centre for all other countries in South East Asia and the Pacific: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, East Timor, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam.
There are still many countries in the region that are under-represented in Cochrane. We are keen to support people who are interested in contributing to Cochrane in these countries, and can help by linking people with other Cochrane groups and individuals who can advise on how to become involved.