Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research

The Papua New Guinea (PNG) Institute of Medical Research (IMR) is PNG’s primary medical research institution with a 50-year history of research into causes and solutions to PNG’s major medical issues such as tuberculosis, malaria, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Kuru (a rare PNG-specific disease caused by an infectious protein found in contaminated brain tissue). IMR conducts research in close collaboration with many Australian and international medical research organisations.

Collaboration and support

The Centre aims to support PNG IMR to build its role as the lead institution for medical and health systems research in PNG. The Centre will support IMR’s reform efforts by providing:

  • A strategic adviser to the new IMR Director and the executive for up to three years to help implement important administrative, financial and some targeted structural changes;
  • Support to the long-standing “Buttressing Coalition” of IMR’s international research partner institutions. A new agreement will see Australian research partner institutions making, for the first time, annual core funding contributions to IMR, matched by contributions from DFAT;
  • Investment in collaborative research projects between PNG IMR and Australian research institutions through our Applied Health Systems Research, Research for One Health Systems Strengthening partnership with ACIAR and potentially further projects to come.


Papua New Guinea


  • Burnet Institute
  • Curtin University
  • James Cook University
  • Kirby Institute
  • Menzies School of Health Research
  • Telethon Kids Institute 

What does success look like?

PNG IMR will cement its role as the lead medical research body in PNG delivering high quality medical research for PNG and the wider region.