Statement of support for Chief Medical Officer and Victorian Chief Health Officer

Burnet Institute

23 March, 2020

Image: Professor Brendan Crabb AC

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold around the globe, the eight member organisations of the Alfred Research Alliance remain united in their steadfast support of Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, and Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Brett Sutton.

Under very challenging circumstances, Professor Murphy and Dr Sutton have displayed calm, rational leadership in guiding Australia and Victoria through this public health crisis. The Alliance has been impressed by their commitment to developing and maintaining an evidence-based public health response in consultation with infectious diseases, virology and public health experts.

“We strongly back those in authority, especially our Federal CMO and State CHO, who are making extraordinarily difficult decisions on our behalf,“ Burnet Institute Director and CEO, and Alfred Research Alliance Council Member, Professor Brendan Crabb AC said.

“As clinical, research and public health experts, we have a duty to put our thoughts and views forward. But this is done directly to government in a deeply respectful way, acknowledging the many different considerations our leaders must balance. And the enormous burden that comes with their decisions. We salute them, and back them completely.”

The Alfred Health Alliance is comprised of eight of Victoria’s preeminent medical research organisations – Alfred Health, Monash University, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Burnet Institute, Deakin University, La Trobe University, Nucleus Network and 360biolabs – and many have been actively involved in the Australian response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the situation is ongoing, the members of the Alfred Research Alliance will continue to support the state and national response through the provision of clinical services; research and development; and ongoing communication of relevant and timely information to support the CMO and CHO in managing this public health emergency.

As leaders in the field of biomedical research, the Alfred Research Alliance also recognises the importance of factual, evidence-based advice to communicate accurate information to support calm and appropriate community responses. Members welcomed the recent launch of the government’s public health campaign and remain committed to providing responsible, trustworthy information to their own stakeholders.

For more information on the Alfred Research Alliance and our member organisations visit or follow us on Twitter @alfred_research.

About the Alfred Research Alliance

The Alfred Research Alliance brings together eight independent and diverse organisations to create a community of excellence for medical research and education – Alfred Health, Monash University, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Burnet Institute, Deakin University, La Trobe University, Nucleus Network and 360biolabs.

The Alliance members share a commitment to furthering knowledge and translating our research into new and improved diagnoses, treatments and public health strategies. By working together, we know we can make a bigger difference, sooner.

Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Director and CEO; Co-Head Malaria Research Laboratory; Chair, Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)




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