Australia is working together with Indonesia to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19 and to assist our friend and partner in its national vaccine roll out. Indonesia would like to better understand why communities are resistant to getting a COVID-19 jab before it can effectively implement vaccination against the virus.
18 June 2021
2 June 2021
League legend Mal Meninga has rolled up his sleeves to throw his support behind PNG’s COVID vaccine rollout. The former PNG national team coach and Australian NRL icon is the latest community leader tackling misinformation about COVID-19 and urging people to get vaccinated in the Sleeves Up campaign supported by Australia.
2 June 2021
Australia is working closely with the Cambodian Government to ensure Cambodians are receiving accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines across vaccination sites in Cambodia. Through our partnership with UNICEF, we are supporting the development of essential public health messaging to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to increase demand for COVID-19 vaccinations.
24 May 2021
Australia is investing in the health security of our region by funding information systems to keep track of COVID-19 vaccinations in Pacific nations.
The Australian Government has committed $5 million over the next three years to roll out ‘Tamanu’—an Australian-developed patient-level electronic medical record which can be used as an immunisation register.
Tamanu is a robust and secure information system which helps track individual patients who have been immunised.
3 May 2021
Australia is working with the Timor-Leste Ministry of Health (MoH) to support COVID-19 vaccine roll out plans. Dr Sarah Sheridan, a public health physician with expertise in applied epidemiology and vaccine preventable disease control, has been deployed to Timor-Leste to support MoH planning and implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine deployment in Timor-Leste.
Her work will complement the efforts of key partners in Timor-Leste supported by Australia including Menzies School of Health Research, WHO, UNICEF and Gavi.
1 May 2021
What is your area of animal health?
I am interested in veterinary public health and epidemiology as this has a unique importance to Timor-Leste. As a young country with considerable health challenges, I strongly believe that veterinary public health and epidemiology play key roles in protecting human health through controlling zoonotic diseases. I am also keen to apply veterinary public health and epidemiology skills to improve the livelihood of Timorese farmers who are reliant on subsistence livestock farming.
30 April 2021
Australia’s long-term relationships with our nearest neighbours have been vital to driving forward COVID-19 vaccinations across our region.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), part of the Australian Government Department of Health, is Australia’s regulator of medicines, medical devices, vaccines, sunscreens, complementary medicines, blood and blood products and is providing key support to some of our neighbouring countries in their COVID-19 vaccination rollout.
6 April 2021
"It’s important for women in STEM to build strong networks and encourage each other."
After working in malaria research with the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research for nine years, Dulcie Lautu-Gumal commenced a PhD at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and then moved to the Burnet Institute investigating molecular markers of antimalarial drug resistance.
26 March 2021
What is your current role?
I am currently a tuberculosis (TB) researcher at the Center for Tropical Medicine at the University of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia, as well as the coordinator for Innovation and Development department of the Indonesian Tuberculosis Researchers Network.