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  1. Eijkman Institute

    Indonesia and Australia partner for enhanced COVID-19 response

    18 June 2021

    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.

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  2. Western Province Sleeves Up event

    Australian and PNG community leaders tackle vaccine hesitancy

    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.

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  3. Public Health poster in Thmey, Cambodia.

    The extra mile to reach every village in Cambodia

    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.

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  4. Tamanu Rollout

    Australia’s support for its neighbours goes beyond vaccines with safer and modern healthcare

    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.

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  5. Sarah Sheridan and Joshua Francis at NITAG, Timor-Leste

    Australian experts working with our neighbours to support COVID-19 vaccination

    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.

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  6. Abrao Pereira

    Health Security Hero Dr Abrao Pereira

    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.

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  7. Dr Imas Yuyun

    Health Security Hero Dr Imas Yuyun

    1 May 2021

    Directorate of Animal Health, Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Indonesia.

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  8. COVID-19 Vaccination in Port Moresby

    Relationships crucial to immunisation rollout

    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.

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  9. Dulcie Lautu-Gumal

    Health Security Hero Dulcie Lautu-Gumal

    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.

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  10. Dr Trisasi Lestari

    Health Security Hero Dr Trisasi Lestari

    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.

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