Laurence attended the first public meeting about AIDS in Melbourne in 1983, which was organised by people who later formed the Victorian AIDS Council.
It was then Laurence became aware of the care provided by the Fairfield Infectious Disease Hospital and the pioneering research on HIV and AIDS conducted at the virology laboratory, which became Burnet Institute.
Laurence has supported Burnet Institute for many years and is impressed by the unique model used by Burnet Institute of Translating discoveries into new technologies, methodologies and applications to diagnose prevent and treat disease. The Institute’s research is not just laboratory-based but translational research working on the ground as well to improve health.
As a younger man Laurence worked for the Catholic Mission in Vunapope in Papua New Guinea for two years and knows first-hand the health problems experienced by developing countries. Laurence is inspired by Burnet Institute’s response to health problems in developing countries, particularly the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program which helps save the lives of mums and babies in PNG.
Laurence has left a gift in his will for Burnet Institute and this is my legacy for better health.
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