With a staff of more than 450 and a budget of over $50 million, Burnet has the capacity, expertise and strategic vision to tackle the key health issues affecting not only Australians in marginalised communities, but poor and vulnerable communities globally.
Major health issues such as sexually-transmitted diseases, blood-borne diseases (hepatitis C), HIV, alcohol and drug misuse and related behaviours are not limited by geography. Improving the health of Australians in highly vulnerable communities, such as prisoner populations, sex workers and injecting drug users are also a key focus of our work.
At our headquarters in Melbourne, our dedicated teams of laboratory scientists and population health researchers work closely together across technical and population health thematic areas to explore new ways to address complex health problems..
High quality, policy relevant and innovative research is undertaken Australia-wide and the outcomes are published and reported widely.
Our unique approach of linking medical research with public health action sets us apart from other Australian institutions.
- A novel biomarker for gut leakage as a diagnostic tool for HIV disease progression
Investigating a novel plasma biomarker's potential for identifying gut leakage.
- A unique approach to anti-inflammatory immune therapy
Next Generation monoclonal antibody therapies targeting the inhibitory FcR.
- Access Point Of Care Initiative
Increasing access to life-saving treatments for infectious diseases through point-of-care tests.
- ACCESS: STI and BBV surveillance system
ACCESS is a surveillance system that collates important information on a range of STIs and BBVs.
- ALT point-of-care diagnostic to detect liver disease
Nanjing BioPoint is developing a new diagnostic for detecting liver disease.
- ANCP: Improving maternal and child health outcomes in Myanmar
Addressing critical gaps in health service delivery and health care seeking behaviour.
- Antibody engineering to study responses mediating protective immunity
This project will involve engineering antibodies against malaria parasite proteins.
- Antibody mAbs to destroy infection: engineering the next generation treatments
Applying discoveries from our cancer mAb program to neutralize and destroy pathogens.
- APPRISE - Centre for Research Excellence
The Australian Partnership for Preparedness Research on Infectious Diseases Emergencies (APPRISE).
- Attitudes to drug use among East African migrants in Melbourne’s western suburbs
This project aims to explore alcohol and drug use among marginalised young African migrants.
- Australia Awards Fellowship: KICK-AMR to Address Antimicrobial Resistance
Strengthening response to antimicrobial resistance and health security in the Pacific.
- Barriers to hepatocellular carcinoma screening uptake in Victoria
In this study, we explore barriers to hepatocellular carcinoma screening adherence.
- Broadly neutralising anti-HIV antibodies and Fc Receptor function
Defining the properties of anti-HIV antibodies for vaccine development and protection of pregnant women.
- Building a Centre of Excellence for Research and Training for DR-TB in Daru, Papua New Guinea
Building operational research capacity for TB in PNG through training, mentorship and research.
- Characterisation of retroviruses in bats
Discovery and characterisation of novel bat retroviruses.
- Clinical studies on malaria
The negative consequences of malaria and how to prevent them in children and pregnant women.
- co-EC Study: Eliminating hepatitis C/HIV coinfection
Eliminating hepatitis C transmission by enhancing care and treatment among HIV co-infected individuals.
- Collaborative Community Checklists for Immunisation (CCCI)
Adapting the WHO Immunisation Checklist to increase the uptake of immunisation in Myanmar.
- Community-Based Rapid HIV Testing Services
Evaluating a multi-site rapid HIV testing trial in South Australia and rural site in Bendigo, Victoria.
- CREIDU: Centre for Research Excellence into Injecting Drug Use
Improving the health of PWID through new research to inform public health policy and practice.
- DARE C: ATAHC II Substudy
DARE-C aims to evaluate therapy duration using triple therapy (PEG-IFN/RBV/TPV).
- Decision science using Optima
Research and applications across disease areas to improve allocative efficiency.
- Demonstrating the impact of next generation Cepheid tools in TB
GeneXpert Ultra and GeneXpert Omni for the diagnosis of tuberculosis at the microscopy centre level: PNG
- Developing new antimalarial drugs that block protein trafficking
Developing new antimalarial drugs that block protein trafficking and host cell modification.
- Developing new HIV disease progression tests
This project will develop prognostic tools to identify HIV+ persons at risk of rapid disease progression.
- Developing vaccines against malaria
This project aims to identify key antigens and specific epitopes that are targets of protective immunity.
- Development of a novel prophylactic vaccine candidate for HIV-1
A prophylactic vaccine represents the best strategy for blocking HIV-1 transmission.
- Development of a point-of-care test for neonatal sepsis
Aimed at enabling healthcare workers to provide initial diagnosis in resource-constrained settings.
- Discovering the mechanisms and targets of immunity against malaria
Identifying the key targets of protective immunity in people who live in malaria-endemic regions.
- Discovery of new treatments for myeloma and myelogenous leukemia
We are developing monoclonal antibodies against new biomakers to treat blood cancers.
- EC Australia: The vital missing link to eliminating hepatitis C
Australia’s first nationally coordinated response to hepatitis C aims to achieve elimination by 2030.
- EC Partnership: Eliminate Hepatitis C Partnership
Informing the elimination of HCV through a community-based nurse-led model of care and treatment.
- EDRS: Ecstasy and related Drugs Reporting System
EDRS aims to examine trends in the use of ecstasy and other drugs among regular users.
- Eliminate Hepatitis C Australia Partnership
Bringing together researchers, implementation scientists, government, health services and community organisations to increase hepatitis C testing and treatment across Australia.
- Engaging men to improve family health and prevent gender-based violence
ANCP project to contribute to the improvement of the health of men, their families and communities.
- ESCAPE-TB: Enhanced screening and preventive therapy for TB in Daru, PNG
A community-based model for screening and delivering preventive therapy for latent TB in Daru, PNG.
- Evaluating a highly sensitive rapid malaria diagnostic in PNG
HS-RDT MiP in PNG: Testing performance of a novel high sensitivity rapid diagnostic malaria test in pregnant women.
- Evaluating the WHO Labour Care Guide in clinical settings
A mixed-methods study in six countries evaluating the “next generation” partograph for managing labour and childbirth.
- Evaluation of the Multicultural Drug and Alcohol Service
Formative and outcome evaluations of a new alcohol and drug service for South Sudanese youth, their families and communities.
Transforming Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health
- Evidence and action for malaria elimination in Myanmar
Engaging public, private, military and civilian partners for targeted malaria elimination testing in Myanmar.
- Examining interventions targeting high-risk drinking among young Australians
This study aims to examine very high risk drinking in a representative sample of young Victorians.
- Exploring alcohol and other drug use among migrant communities in Victoria
A qualitative study supported by the Wyndham City Council.
- Gender Counts
A quantitative assessment of gender inequality and its impacts on children and adolescents in Asia and the Pacific.
- Getting to the heart of cardiovascular disease in HIV
Investigating the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease in HIV infection and identifying clinically useful predictors and therapies.
- Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) Deficiency
This project involves the Richards Group and Global Health Diagnostic Development.
- HCV Elimination Modelling
Providing evidence-based policy recommendations for prevention, testing and treatment of Hepatitis C.
- Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies
A collaborative research program aimed at providing life-saving health care for women and children in PNG.
- Hepatitis B discrimination and health service access.
Documenting the impact of systemic hepatitis B-related discrimination in Asia on the health service access of people in Australia.
- Hepatitis C and injecting networks
Understanding the transmission of hepatitis C in a social network of young people who inject drugs.
- Hepatitis C brief reports
Summaries of published hepatitis C research from Burnet Institute are now available to read and download.
- HepSeeVax: Proof-of-concept study of an HCV vaccine candidate
No vaccine is available for hepatitis C virus infection and treatments are toxic and partly effective.
- HIV Prevention Cohort
Online cohort study of gay men in Victoria monitoring community-level change.
- HMHB - Health Services for Postnatal and Infancy Care
Focuses on services during postnatal period and through the first 12 months in East New Britain, PNG.
- HMHB: Quality of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Newborn Health Services Study
The ‘Gutpela Sevis’ study uses a participatory, partnership defined approach to improve care in East New Britain.
- HMHB: The impact of nutrition, malaria and STIs on pregnant women and infants
Determining the major preventable causes of poor maternal health and low birth weight of babies in PNG.
- Host red blood cell modification sustains the virulence of malaria parasites
Understanding how malaria parasites modify their human host cells to inform new antimalarials.
- Identifying the barriers to hepatitis B clinical management: the perspectives of people with hepatitis B.
This project investigates barriers to the sustained clinical monitoring and engagement of people with hepatitis B with clinical services from the perspective of people with hepatitis B.
- Identifying the structural enablers to the clinical management of people with hepatitis B in general practice: a qualitative investigation
This research seeks to identify elements that support the provision of hepatitis B related clinical management in primary care settings.
- IDRS: Illicit Drug Reporting System
A strategic early warning system identifying emerging trends related to illicit drugs.
- IgA and staphyloccocal aureus immune evasion
Staphylococcus aureus, or the golden staph, is a major pathogen of humans. We are investigating how this bug evades the immune system.
- IgG subclasses and immunity to malaria
This project focuses on the importance of antibody subclass for immunity malaria.
- Immunity to malaria and infectious diseases during pregnancy
How are pregnant women affected by infectious diseases such as malaria?
- Improving Hepatitis B Virus screening in general practice in Victoria
Knowledge, attitudes and practices of HBV screening by GPs in Victoria, and an intervention to improve screening among priority populations.
- IMSA: Improving SRH knowledge among young people in Magwey, Myanmar
This formative study provides evidence of current knowledge and attitudes among adolescents.
- Iron deficiency anaemia and adverse birth outcomes in a malaria-endemic region of Papua New Guinea
What is the prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia, how is it associated with adverse birth outcomes, and is the association modified by malaria?
- Major advances in understanding malaria immunity and biology
Identifying key targets of immunity, the mechanisms mediating immunity, and how it is acquired.
- Malaria Vaccine Delivery Platforms
This project is looking at the development of a blood stage vaccine against the Plasmodium falciparum species of malaria.
- Mechanism of antimalarial drug action
Understanding how blood-stage replication of Plasmodium could be targeted by vaccines and novel drugs.
- Methods for improved sensitivity of lateral flow tests
Integrating innovative techniques in nanotechnology to the development of robust and sensitive rapid assays.
- Natural history and response to treatment recent hepatitis C virus infection among a cluster of HCV genotype-1b infected individuals
A cohort of women was exposed to hepatitis C virus (HCV) in a health care setting to a common source. The source was chronically infected with HCV genotype 1b.
- New approaches to the treatment of lupus
Research into an early intervention diagnostic test for Lupus, which is particularly dangerous to women.
- New drugs for HIV prevention: novel inhibitors against an essential HIV target
The research activity addresses the urgent need for new types of antiviral drugs for preventing HIV transmission.
- New media and technology in health promotion practice
Investigating new media/technology interventions in health promotion practice in Australia.
- Novel reagents for the serological diagnosis of tuberculosis
Using a drop of blood, an innovative diagnostic test may be able to detect if a patient has tuberculosis (TB).
- OST Surveillance Study
Ongoing surveillance of the diversion and injection of the medications used in opioid substitution treatment.
- PATH Cohort Study
A cohort study of the trajectories of prisoners with a history of injecting drug use after release from prison.
- Pornography and Young People
Exploring trends in pornography use among young people in the Australian context.
- PrEPX: Rapid scale-up of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
Burnet is playing a crucial role in monitoring the outcomes of the PrEPX trial in Victoria.
- PRONTO! Rapid HIV point-of-care testing in Victoria
The first rapid HIV test service in Victoria targeting gay men and men who have sex with men.
- Rapid and accurate diagnosis of TB: New trial in PNG
New PNG arm of a randomised control trial to trial new tuberculosis point-of-care technology.
- RID-TB: Reducing the Impact of Drug-Resistant TB in Western Province, PNG
The project supports an effective provincial program to reduce the impact of TB in Daru.
- Sex, Drugs, and Rock'n'Roll (Big Day Out Study)
A landmark study since 2005 of young people's risk behaviours including sex, drug use and alcohol.
- Sexual and reproductive health in Asia and the Pacific
A review of issues, policies and programmes.
- SHARP: Screening for Hepatitis in At-Risk Populations
A collaborative project between Burnet Institute and Cancer Council Victoria.
- SHARP: Sexual Health And Risk Prevention Study
Assessing responses to HIV prevention measures among Australian MSM.
- Smart phone Apps for alcohol health promotion
This pilot study aims to review and investigate the use of smart phone applications (apps) for alcohol-related health promotion.
- Social Networks and the Hepatitis C Virus
The Networks study aims to produce a better understanding of the structure and dynamics of IDU networks to see if they can be altered to reduce HCV entry and spread.
- SRH survey of Chinese-speaking international students
A survey of international students' sexual behaviors, knowledge of STIs, sexual education and pornography.
- SRHIP: Sexual & Reproductive Health Integration Project
SRHIP will expand coverage of STI, HIV, SRH within Catholic and Anglican PNG health services.
- SuperMIX: The Melbourne Injecting Drug User Cohort Study
A five-year study of the dynamics of cessation of injecting drug use and any subsequent relapse.
- TAIPAN: HIV cascade surveillance
Internationally novel project to create a linked surveillance system to monitor the HIV cascade for gay men
- Targeting HIV-infected macrophages to achieve an HIV cure
Optimising methods to target and kill HIV-infected macrophages using Natural Killer cells.
- TB-MAC Multi-modelling Exercise
TB-MAC is an international consortium of modellers, coordinated through the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
- The Australian Trial in Acute Hepatitis C (ATAHC)
An NIH-funded multicentre prospective cohort study conducted from 2004-2008 in Australia, featuring 167 subjects.
- The B-VAX Project: Hep B vaccinations for people who inject drugs
Using assertive outreach to provide hep B vaccinations for people who inject drugs.
- The Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP)
Aims to improve Australian drug policy by generating new evidence; translating that evidence into policy-relevant information; studying how policy actually gets made and evaluating policy processes.
- The impact of viral infections on immune ageing.
Characterising the impact of chronic and acute viral infections on immune ageing, immune dysfunction, and development of age-related diseases.
- The International Collaboration on Hepatitis C Elimination in HIV Cohorts (InCHEHC)
Measuring progress and identifying challenges for meeting WHO targets for achieving HCV elimination in people living with HIV.
- The Mbereko + Men Model: Rural Zimbabwe
A community-based program to improve MNCH services, care and support in the home.
- The oral health of people who inject drugs (PWID)
The project examines the predictors of dental care service utilisation and Oral Health-related Quality of Life in people who inject drugs.
- The persistence of HIV in monocytes and macrophages
Investigating the size and characteristics of the HIV reservoir in monocytes and macrophages that persists despite anti-HIV therapy.
- The production of guidance for the laboratory sector to prepare for emergency situations
A project to produce a global guide to maintain diagnostic capacity in emergency settings.
- The role of monocytes in the development of cardiovascular disease
Examining how monocytes drive the thickening of the artery wall.
- The Social and Cultural Determinants of TB in Daru [SCuD-TB Daru – Study 1]
A pilot project about people with TB and their contacts: beliefs, access to services and experiences.
- TRYP: Transitions and Risk in Young People project
Investigating the influence of peer groups on behaviour in the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
- Understanding how HCV evades the immune system
This project aims to understand the quality of the immune response in those people who are protected from developing chronic HCV despite frequent exposure.
- Understanding the connection between inflammation and cancer
Defining the relationship between inflammation and cancer with the aim of developing new therapies.
- Vaccines against Plasmodium vivax and P. falciparum malaria
This involves identifying and prioritising candidate antigens for vaccine development.
- Victorian Pharmaceutical Opioid Monitoring Project
A study examining pharmaceutical opioid use among people prescribed opioids for pain and people who inject drugs, aiming to inform policy responses in Australia.
- What drives hepatitis C reinfection?
Understanding the drivers of hepatitis C virus reinfection in natural clearance and after successful antiviral therapy.
- Children and teenagers' exposure to risk online and methods to reduce harm
Understanding experiences of parenting children in the age of online technology and pornography.
- 2011 Vanuatu Integrated Bio-Behavioural Survey and population size estimation
A study to estimate the number of men who have sex with men and prevalence of STIs in Port Vila.
- A study to improve the health and rights of Myanmar men who have sex with men
This research evaluated the effectiveness of ‘Link Up’ services, in men who have sex with men.
- A universal prophylactic vaccine against HCV
Protection against seven circulating genotypes will be essential to the success of an HCV vaccine.
- Accelerating ART initiation among Infants (AAMI Study)
This project will trial the POC VISITECT® CD4 test and POC LYNX HIV p24 early infant diagnostic test.
- Access to affordable and accurate HIV-1 VL testing
Laboratory evaluation of a novel filter paper-based method of plasma separation for viral load testing.
- Addressing the healthcare needs of people ageing with HIV in Victoria
Identifying requirements and gaps in Victoria and influence policy for government.
- Alcohol advertising on social media
Exploring young people’s opinions to inform future advertising policies and health promotion.
- Allocative efficiency in child nutrition
This project will involve applying the Optima model to a specific area of research or development.
- Altered States: An evaluation of VAC drug and alcohol services
An evaluation of drug and alcohol services at the Victorian AIDS Council targeting GLBTI individuals.
- Ambulance demand: random events or predictable patterns
This project will examine patterns in ambulance demand from four years of data to inform ambulance practice.
- ANCP Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies
The sustainability and expansion phase of the ANCP Healthy Mothers, Health Babies project.
- ANCP/LXML Maternal and Child Health Program
This project aimed to improve the nutrition and health of women and children in southern Laos.
- ANCP: Prevention and care for drug-resistant TB in Myanmar
Implementation and evaluation of a model of drug-resistant TB care to facilitate scale-up in Myanmar.
- Assessing adolescent friendly health services in Nepal
Young people in Nepal have poor access to quality, non-discriminatory health services.
- ATAHC 2: Australian Trial in Acute Hepatitis C II
The ATAHC 2 study will examine the effect of interferon with or without Ribavirin in recent HCV infection.
- B cell response to HCV infection
This research will inform vaccine design to favour the elicitation of protective antibody specificities.
- Better Vision and Healthy Ageing
The BVHA goal is improved health, vision and quality of life for elders in South and South-East Asia.
- Building a collaborative research agenda with members of ACABS
Supporting collaboration between Australian and Chinese scientists in the field of biomedical research.
- Call Centre Impact Assessment for Marie Stopes International
Development of a framework and testing at call centres in Mexico City.
- Characterisation of drug resistance mutations in the HIV reverse transcriptase
The role of mutations selected during antiretroviral therapy on HIV drug resistance and viral fitness.
- Characterisation of retroviruses in a major viral reservoir
To characterise the retroviral sequences found in the transcriptome of the bat.
- Characterising the cause of human inflammation in autoimmune disease
Antibodies activate and modulate normal immunity but can also trigger destructive information.
- China-Australia Health and HIV/AIDS Facility (2007-2012)
A partnership between the governments of Australia and the People’s Republic of China.
- Cohort study of ex-prisoners with a history of injecting drug use
The largest ever prospective study of ex-prisoners with a history of injecting drug use in Australia.
- Compass: Women's and Children's Health Knowledge Hub
To increase the effectiveness of aid for women’s and children’s health in Asia and the Pacific
- Construction of a mathematical model for TB transmission
Constructing a model for responses to TB in high burden countries of the Asia-Pacific.
- COUNT: Community-based undiagnosed infection and HIV testing study
Identifying undiagnosed HIV infection among Australian gay men while delivering HIV testing.
- DAA based therapy for recently acquired hepatitis C – II (DARE-C II)
To evaluate the combination of SOF plus RBV in patients with recently acquired HCV infection.
- Defining sexual transmission of hepatitis C among gay men
Defining risk and mechanisms of transmission for acute HCV infection within high-risk populations.
- Developing new tests for malaria elimination: G6PD deficiency
This project focuses on the development of new G6PD deficiency diagnostics.
- Discovery of intrinsic antiviral factors in a major viral reservoir
Identify intrinsic antiviral factors in the Australian fruit bat to determine if they block human viral pathogens.
- Discovery of new cell surface biomarkers of Th17 and Th1 cells
We are researching the cause of inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
- Document the Lessons Learnt from the Joint Initiative on Maternal Neonatal and Child Health (JIMNCH), Ayerwady Region, Myanmar. 2013
The Joint Initiative for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health was a collaborative programme aiming to increase access to maternal and child health services in areas most affected by Cyclone Nargis
- e-TEST: Enhancing STI/HIV testing in high-risk gay men
eTEST is an intervention and surveillance system that aims to increase STI/HIV testing.
- East New Britain Sexual Health Improvement Project
This project aims to improve engagement in prevention of STIs and improve STI service delivery.
- Effectiveness of repellent on malaria incidence in SE Myanmar
A project to determine whether repellent delivered by volunteers will reduce malaria incidence.
- Evaluation of a condom distribution trial in Victorian prisons
The evaluation of a pilot program introducing condoms and dental dams into Victorian Prisons.
- Evaluation of GLBTIQ-specific group counselling at the Victorian AIDS Council
Evaluation of GLBTIQ-specific group counselling for substance misuse and mental health issues at VAC.
- Evaluation of the Joint Initiative for Maternal Newborn and Child Health in Myanmar
Burnet led the evaluation of this United Nations program for maternal newborn and child health.
- FaceSpace: Using social networking to promote safer sex to higher risk groups
This project aims to use social networking to deliver health messages to higher risk groups.
- FcgR Function in cellular responses to malaria parasites
Understanding how antibodies protect against malaria is crucial to vaccine development.
- Feasibility of antiretroviral treatment monitoring in the era of decentralised HIV care
A review to assess antiretroviral treatment monitoring in settings of decentralised HIV care.
- Fitspiration and Social Media
“Fitspiration” promotes exercise and health, but emerging research shows this can impact body image.
- Foamy Virus transmembrane protein vaccine technology
A technology that overcomes the problem of presenting envelope proteins in their native trimeric state.
- Functional antibody responses to malaria vaccine candidates
Understanding how functional immunity develops to potential malaria vaccine candidates.
- HBMM: Home-based management of malaria in PNG
Making malaria diagnostics and treatments available at village-level in rural PNG.
- Hepatitis B infection in Australian prisons
In this study, the seroprevalence of hepatitis B and D infection among prisoners will be determined.
- Hit & Miss: Health needs of ex-prisoners with an IDU history
Assessing drug use and health needs for six months post-release.
- HIV Cooperation Program for Indonesia (HCPI)
Government collaboration to improve health outcomes for marginalised populations with HIV infection.
- HIV Prevention Initiatives Evaluation
An initiative to reduce HIV/STI risk behaviours as well as increasing health seeking behaviours among homosexually active gay men.
- HIV-associated neuropathy (HIV-SN): epidemiology and genetics
HIV-associated neuropathy (HIV-SN) is a very common cause of pain in the lower limbs for people with HIV. Understanding which patients are at risk will assist preventing and treating this disabling condition.
- HIV/AIDS Passive Surveillance
Carries out surveillance for HIV and AIDS in Victoria.
- Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) and disease
To determine whether gammaretroviruses are associated with prostate cancer.
- Improving facility-based MCH services for women in the Rushinga District, Zimbabwe
Reducing maternal and neonatal deaths via improved quality and uptake of facility-based MCH care.
- Improving vision and health of elders in Nuwara Eliya district, Sri Lanka:
An evaluation of the impact of community-based Elders’ Clubs on health, vision and well-being of elders
- Increasing demand and uptake of quality, facility-based services, Zimbabwe
Reducing maternal and neonatal deaths in Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe.
- Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing
The Commission will consider the next steps needed to implement the available evidence in global adolescent health.
- LXML Mother and Child Health Project
Aimed to improve the health of mothers and children in 12 villages near the LXML mine in Vilabouly district.
- Male participation in improving maternal and newborn health: A community based intervention in Myanmar
Demonstrating the feasibility of increasing male involvement in Maternal, Newborn and Children's Health and to enable men to protect and promote the health of their families.
- MicroCube Technology Vaccine Platform – collaboration with Monash University
Burnet and Monash University are examining how the protein crystals excreted by insects after a virus could help create new vaccines to protect people against diseases like HIV.
- MIDY: The Mobile Intervention for Drinking in Young People (pilot)
Testing a mobile phone-based intervention delivered during drinking events in young people.
- National TB Research Agenda Workshop for Myanmar: 4-5 September 2014
Burnet Institute supported the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) Myanmar to design and implement a national TB research agenda workshop to set the TB research priorities and road map for implementation for the next five years.
- Office of Development Effectiveness’ evaluation of child nutrition
This program will assess how Australian aid policy and programming responds to child undernutrition and develop recommendations to improve its response.
- Opportunities to improve the health of behaviourally bisexual men in Vientiane, Laos
Men with bisexual behaviour in Laos engage in high-risk behaviours with low access to sexual health care.
- Pathways to post abortion care in Myanmar
Understanding women's perspectives on accessing post-abortion care at public hospitals.
- Performance of a low-cost, rapid point-of-care CD4 test in resource-constrained settings
This simple test could help prevent delayed initiation of antiretroviral interventions.
- Physical activity and HIV
Non-drug treatments may have important health benefits for people living with chronic illnesses. This project aims to understand the role of physical activity for improving health for those with HIV.
- Plasma separator device for HIV viral load testing
Aimed at improving access to HIV viral load assays in resource-limited settings.
- POINTED Study
POINTED will investigate some of the factors and correlates associated with alcohol-related violence in licensed venues and night0time entertainment precincts across five Australian cities.
- Preventing hepatitis B starts at birth – best practices and needs
This project researched international evidence in birth-dose vaccination against hepatitis B, resulting in a WHO good practice guide, a global consultation and linked advocacy events.
- Promoting WASH-nutrition integration in Cambodia
A stakeholder consultation to identify barriers to the efforts to improve WASH and nutrition.
- Rapid-EC hepatitis C Pilot Study
Investigating the feasibility of providing rapid point-of-care testing for hepatitis C in community clinics.
- Reducing Community Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS (RCVHA), 2004-2010
- Resources for improving national responses to HIV and STIs
These resources aim to build country leadership of more effective responses to the HIV and STI epidemics.
- Review of clinical and health promotion services for sex workers within Western Australia
A review of programs, including sexual health promotion programs and clinical services, aimed at the prevention and control of HIV, STIs and blood borne viruses among sex workers in WA.
- Risk assessment of drug users in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
This consultancy accessed the results of a rapid assessment and response of people who use drugs in Tanzania.
- SEXT ME UR (.)(.) An investigation of the prevalence and practice of sexting among young Australians
‘Sexting’ is the sending of sexual content via phone or online. This project will examine how common sexting is among young Australians.
- Social networking sites for sexual health promotion: a review
Identifying strategies for the use of social networking websites in sexual health promotion.
- Strategies to reduce malnutrition with allocative efficiency analyses
Malnutrition is responsible for over three million child deaths each year.
- Strengthening Monastic School Education in Myanmar
Building capacity and improving quality of the monastic school system via community involvement.
- Suck it And See....
A study to define the rates of HIV amongst gay men in Victoria and to better understand the spread of HIV.
- TAP: Treatment and Prevention Hep C study
Does treating people who inject drugs for their hep C reduce transmission and prevalence?
- The Prime Study: Treating hep C in primary healthcare setting
Examining feasibility of treating people with genotype 1 hepatitis C in primary healthcare setting.
- The Victorian Primary Care Network for Sentinel Surveillance on BBVs and STIs
The surveillance involves collection and linking of testing, demographic, and risk behaviour information.
- Tibet Health Capacity Building Program (Tibet Health)
Technical support to improve management and clinical capacity within Tibet's health system.
- Transmitted and acquired drug resistant HIV strains in Victoria, Australia
Documenting mutations associated with drug resistance acquired by patients diagnosed with HIV.
- University of PNG Capacity Building
We work with the UPNG School of Medicine and Health Science in delivering subjects and guest lectures for the Master of Public Health program
- Victorian Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Demonstrations
This prevention strategy involves people who are HIV-negative taking HIV treatment medications to reduce their risk of acquiring HIV.
- VISITECT® CD4 point-of-care test
An affordable HIV point-of-care test developed by Burnet but licensed to Omega Diagnostics.
- VMAX: Understanding meth use in Victoria
Aims to determine meth use in Melbourne and three regional Victorian areas.
- WASH: Interventions for monastic schools in Myanmar
Evaluating the impact of a water, sanitation and hygiene program across three states of Myanmar.
- WHISPER and SHOUT - mHealth interventions among Kenyan sex workers
Mobile phone-based health promotions sent to sex workers in Mombasa.
- Working with men to address HIV in Myanmar
Reducing HIV-related risk, vulnerability and impact among men who have sex with men in Myanmar.
- Young Adults and Alcohol Study
This study examines patterns of risky drinking in a cohort of young Melburnians.