Health Security Corps

Australians have great expertise to offer countries across the Indo-Pacific in preventing, detecting and responding to infectious disease threats. See our current opportunities.

Health Security Corps

Across developing countries of the Indo-Pacific, gaps in workforce capacity present a major health security threat. While capacities vary between and within countries, gaps and weaknesses exist in a wide range of technical areas.

Australia has a long history supporting public health workforces in the region. Australian health professionals have valuable skills, experience and knowledge that can be brought to bear in dealing with infectious disease threats with the potential to cause social and economic harms on a national, regional or global scale.

There are numerous opportunities to build the capacity of organisations and individuals in the Indo-Pacific through training, mentoring, peer-to-peer learning and the development of appropriate standards, procedures and policies.

How does it work?

The Health Security Corps was established as part of the Australian Volunteers Program to deploy Australian health professionals in non-clinical roles in partner government agencies, NGOs, international organisations, research bodies and regional institutions.

Health Security Corps deployments aim to build in-country capacity for the prevention and containment of infectious disease threats. The Health Security Corps also builds people-to-people and institutional links to share knowledge and experiences.

Health Security Corps volunteers bring a range of skills and experience, including laboratory work, field epidemiology, policy development for disease control, public communication and animal health.

Through the Health Security Corps, volunteers are supported with regular opportunities to exchange information as well as access to additional technical expertise and small grants.


Developing countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific: Cambodia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos, Myanmar, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam.


  • DFAT’s Australian Volunteers Program
  • Public health laboratories
  • Multilateral organisations, including the World Health Organisation
  • NGOs working in health security

Australian expertise in health security will contribute to the avoidance and containment of infectious disease threats in the Indo-Pacific and help to build health security capacity in partner organisations across the region.

We are looking for volunteers with a range of skills including laboratory work, field epidemiology, policy development for disease control, public communication and animal health.

See Current Opportunities