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Canberra Briefing Robin Davies & Melanie Bannister-Tyrrell

Canberra Briefing on State of the Region 2019

2 September 2019

The Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security commissioned a baseline report on regional health security earlier this year. Titled State of the Region 2019: Health Security in the Indo-Pacific, the report provides an overview of the current state of infectious disease threats in the region and the capacity of countries to avoid, detect and respond to these threats.


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Containing Contagion Sara Davies

Containing Contagion: Book Launch

12 April 2019

The Centre for Health Security hosted a panel discussion for health security scholar Dr Sara Davies to launch her latest book, Containing Contagion: The Politics of Disease Outbreaks in Southeast Asia, at the Australian Institute of International Affairs in Canberra on 2 April 2019.


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Train the Trainers Field Epi Training

Strengthening Field Epidemiology Networks

4 April 2019

Health security relies on a well-trained and equipped public health workforce, particularly for field epidemiology to prevent, detect and manage infectious disease. Partnering with the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at Australian National University, the Centre for Health Security supported a week-long Train the Trainers workshop for field epidemiology leaders from across the Indo-Pacific. 


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Health Security Hero: Grace Mahabi

29 March 2019

“Women should not be afraid to try something new or grab an opportunity and make something out of it,” says Grace Mahabi, a radiographer at the Daru General Hospital in Western Province.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Medical Imaging Science degree in 2017, Grace joined the screening initiative this year following a residency at Port Moresby General Hospital and Daru General Hospital respectively. Her role on board the mobile van is key to tackling the deadly disease through early identification and diagnosis.


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Health Security Hero Dr Probandari

Health Security Hero: Dr Ari Probandari

6 March 2019

Dr Probandari is a chief investigator on the PINTAR project funded under the Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific in 2018. This project seeks to improve the use of antibiotics by private drug sellers (PDS) in Indonesia. As the largest country in the region with around 258 million people, most of whom obtain their antibiotics without prescription from PDS, Indonesia has a major role to play in addressing the inappropriate use of antibiotics and curtailing the threat of Antimicrobial Resistance.


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ASEAN-Australia Health Security Fellows commence for 2019

25 February 2019

The first cohort of ASEAN-Australia Health Security Fellows commenced at Australian National University (ANU) in February, as part of a major investment by the Health Security Initiative to build workforce capacity for health security in the region. The four Fellows will undertake studies as part of the Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) and conduct field work on health security threats in Cambodia and Laos.
Following consultation with partners in Cambodia and Laos and a detailed selection process, Vannida Douangboupha (from the National Centre for Laboratory and Epidemiology in Vientiane, Laos) and Srean Chhim (from the Institut Pasteur, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia) were chosen from a wide field of infectious disease experts from ASEAN countries.


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Mark Sullivan speaking

Health Security Hero - Mark Sullivan

22 January 2019

Throughout 2019, we're highlighting contributions to the health security of our region made by outstanding individuals, from the research lab to the community clinic. We asked Mark Sullivan about his work in global health. 


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Solomon Island FETP ellows and Mica Hartley, Health Security Corps

Solomon Islands locals become first trained field epidemiology specialists

15 January 2019

Two Solomon Islanders, Cynthia Joshua and Seraphina Elisha, have now become the first fellows trained in field epidemiology, through the Field Epidemiology Training Program in Papua New Guinea’s (FETPNG). Mentored by Australian Health Security Corps member Mica Hartley, the two fellows worked on implementing projects to improve national surveillance systems.


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RSP Launch

Six countries partner on Regulatory Strengthening Program

8 January 2019

The Indo-Pacific Regulatory Strengthening Program will strengthen the capabilities of National Regulatory Authorities in the region, and improve access to quality registered medical products, mitigating diseases threatening public health. The Centre for Health Security and the Australian Department of Health’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) launched the Indo-Pacific Regulatory Strengthening Program on 3 October 2018, alongside the ASEAN Regulators' Roundtable in Singapore. Six countries in the Indo-Pacific region: Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and Laos PDR, will participate in the program.


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Surveillance Workshop

Consultation workshop outcomes

3 January 2019

Summary of common outcomes from across all the workshops, as well as a specific summary of each individual workshop. Any open call for proposals arising from these workshops will be advertised on this website, as well as through other relevant channels, this year. We thank all the participants for their insights.


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