MoU to benefit PNG health

Burnet Institute

29 November, 2016

Professor Brendan Crabb AC with OSF Executive Director, Ms Stephanie Copus-Campbell

Burnet Institute and the Oil Search Foundation Limited (OSF) have announced a new and exciting partnership in pursuit of improved health services and outcomes for the people of Papua New Guinea.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Canberra this evening will create opportunities for collaboration in research, individual and institutional capacity building, technical and policy advice, and implementation.

The Oil Search Foundation is a development partner in PNG that delivers programs and grant management solutions to support national development in health, leadership, education, and the empowerment and protection of women.

Burnet Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC said the MoU would enhance both parties’ proud track record of effective research and development in PNG.

“Burnet and OSF have very similar missions and objectives in relation to Papua New Guinea, yet we bring different strengths and skill sets to the table,” Professor Crabb said.

“Together we can be much stronger than the sum of our parts to the benefit of our PNG partners and the people they serve.

“We share a goal to improve the health and lives of Papua New Guineans and have the opportunity to deliver targeted activities where they’re most needed.”

OSF Executive Director, Ms Stephanie Copus-Campbell said the partnership demonstrates OSF’s commitment to ensuring the Foundation implements its programs with professional and analytical rigour.

“Burnet’s wide range of expertise and experience, particularly in critical areas such as maternal and child health and TB will help to further strengthen all of our programs,” Ms Copus-Campbell said.

Professor Crabb and Ms Copus-Campbell ratified the MOU at the launch of Burnet’s new Disease Elimination Strategy at Parliament House.

Partnerships with government and non-government health agencies and regional research networks in PNG are a special focus for Burnet on major health issues including HIV, alcohol and other drugs use, sexual health, malaria, and maternal and child health.

Find out more about Burnet’s work in PNG, including the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies project, and RID-TB project to reduce the impact of drug-sensitive and drug-resistant tuberculosis in Western Province.

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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