Health Security in the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper

23 November 2017

Australia is committed to ensuring that the Indo-Pacific region is secure and prosperous. The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper set the direction for health security, emphasising a focus on health systems, combatting the spread and impact of emerging infectious diseases, and tackling antimicrobial resistance. The Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security is putting the White Paper into practice across sectors. We support Australia's security by helping partner governments prevent, detect and respond to disease outbreaks, accelerating the development of new drugs, diagnostics and other disease control technologies, supporting research into the strengths and weaknesses of health systems and policies, and funding regional and global partners such the World Health Organisation’s Health Emergencies Program.  

The Government’s Foreign Policy White Paper outlines health security as a threat to economic and human development, and commits to preventing and responding to the introduction and spread of infectious diseases.

Foreign Policy in Action

Stephanie Wheeler 

Stephanie Wheeler is one of Australia’s first volunteers under the Australian Government’s Health Security Initiative and an example of Australia's Health Security work in action. Stephanie works with WHO colleagues and counterparts in the Cambodian Ministry of Health to promote health security within the country. She supports Cambodia’s public health emergency preparedness and response, including detecting events, assessing the public health impact of these events and how to effectively communicate health messages to partners and the wider community. Read the full story

Last Updated: 16 January 2018