Professor Brendan Crabb meets the Burnet Institute team in Papua New Guinea.
The successful long-standing partnership between the Burnet Institute and the University of Papua New Guinea has been formalised at the Medical Society of Papua New Guinea’s Annual Medical Symposium held last week in Port Moresby.
Institute Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Papua New Guinea’s Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Professor Sir Isi Kevau.
The MOU outlined locating the Institute’s Port Moresby office on the University’s campus, supporting the Public Health Program of the School and developing joint research activities.
“This MOU reflects our commitment to work closely with key local partners in PNG to help address some of the country’s most critical health issues,” Professor Crabb said.
Professor Crabb also met with the Director of the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, Professor Peter Siba with whom the Burnet Institute also shares a formal relationship.
“While PNG faces many problems, the UPNG and PNGIMR are truly wonderful organisations, training the next generation of PNGs health professionals and research leaders. Further strengthening these great institutions is absolutely key to PNGs development,” Professor Crabb said.
“It was also inspirational to spend some time with Burnet’s Port Moresby, Goroka and Kokopo-based staff,” Professor Crabb said.
“Burnet has been actively involved in health programs in PNG for more than a decade and it is testament to the outstanding abilities and efforts of our staff on the ground that we continue to make a positive impact.”
Two of Burnet’s PNG staff presented at the symposium, Ellen Kavang on ‘Male involvement in sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn health in East New Britain Provence’ and Malin Malagan on ‘validation and implementation of PIMA point of care CD4 and viral load testing in PNG’.
For more than a decade, Burnet has addressed some of PNG’s critical health problems by implementing community-based programs using international development and public health principles. To find out more visit http://www.burnet.edu.au/countries/8_papua_new_guinea.