Bruce Parnell

Infectious Diseases and Health Systems Strengthening Specialist


Bruce Parnell is an Infectious Diseases and Health Systems Strengthening specialist with interests in strategic planning and policy development, community-government partnerships, program design and evaluation, and health behaviour. He has worked internationally with Burnet Institute since 1993. Bruce has 32 years’ experience in HIV policy development and his work is now focused entirely on international development. He consults to The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and others, often supporting national or regional health planning.

From 2017 – 2020, he is Burnet’s representative on the Technical Advisory Group of the PNG Sexual and Reproductive Health Integration Project. This project, led by the Catholic Church Health System and funded by the Australian Government, will strengthen systems for delivery of quality, scaled SRH services for women, girls and other vulnerable groups.

In 2017 he coordinated a 12-day seminar on new HIV technologies for adolescents from key populations in China, Indonesia and the Philippines. Funded by UNICEF, ASHM and Burnet, this brought together government policy makers, health service providers and community representatives. 18 participants visited Melbourne to learn about HIV testing provided by peers (not doctors), pre-exposure prophylaxis for MSM and transgender people, and new developments in HIV self-testing. Each country will now conduct policy dialogue.

In January 2017 he led a review of HIV treatment, care and support in Lao PDR, for WHO, to inform a new concept paper for the next Global Fund submission. In December 2016 he wrote a case study for WHO on Role Delineation in the Solomon Islands, documenting the development of Universal Health Coverage throughout this rural island country.

In 2015 he designed and facilitated a study to help the Government of Indonesia learn about options for funding of Civil Society Organisations in their national response to HIV. Senior government staff visited Australia and Malaysia then developed a policy discussion paper.

In 2014 and 2015 he was Team Leader to improve HIV prevention and treatment for young key populations in Bandung, Indonesia. A demonstration project in one city, this is now expanded to four cities. It was a partnership of the National AIDS Program (KPAN), Ministry of Health, Fokus Muda, University of Padjajaran, UNICEF and Burnet.

Bruce is co-coordinator of Burnet’s short MPH course on Health Communications and Training, and teaches Results Based Planning for Burnet’s course in Field Methods.


  • 1994: MPH, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
  • 1984: Graduate Diploma in Community Development, Phillip Institute of Technology, Victoria, Australia
  • 1980: BA, Monash University, Australia

Projects (6)

Current (1)

  • SRHIP: Sexual & Reproductive Health Integration Project

Publications (2)

2017 (1)

2010 (1)

News Articles (3)

2016 (1)

2015 (2)