Professor Mike Toole was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia.
Head of Burnet’s Centre for International Health, Professor Mike Toole AM has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to international health, particularly through leadership in medical research.
Professor Toole’s dedication and passion to improve health in low-income countries over the past 40 years has earned him a widely respected international reputation.
A medical epidemiologist and public health physician, Professor Toole has worked in a range of international health areas including communicable disease control (including HIV), maternal and child health and nutrition and public health in emergency settings.
He is a founding member of Medecins sans Frontieres Australia, a member of the Global Fund Technical Review Panel, the Board of the Three Diseases Fund for Burma and the Independent Monitoring Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
“I am pleased that this award recognised public health research and development based in developing countries,” Professor Toole said.
“I hope that the Australian Government will continue to increase its support for this kind of work.”
Burnet Institute Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb said Professor Toole is a thoroughly worthy recipient of the AM.
“Since Mike came to the Institute in 1995 his leadership of the Centre for International Health has embodied our mission, helping to achieve better health for poor and vulnerable communities,” Professor Crabb said.
“He is both a superb public health practitioner and a great humanitarian. It is difficult to imagine how a life’s work could be more worthy of a recognition of this sort.”