Bruce Parnell

Health Systems Partnership Specialist


Bruce Parnell is a Health Systems Strengthening specialist and a Partnership Broker. His interests are strategic planning and policy development, community-government partnerships and health behaviour. He has worked on Burnet Institute’s international health programs since 1993.

From 2017 – 2022, he is Burnet’s representative on the Technical Advisory Group of the PNG Sexual and Reproductive Health Integration Project. Led by the PNG Catholic Church Health Services and funded by the Australian Government, this strengthens systems for delivery of quality, scaled health services for women, girls, adolescents, sex workers, men who have sex with men and transgender people. In the first two years, the project integrated HIV standalone clinics with broader primary health services. Now it is more closely integrating the whole of Catholic Church Health Services with national and provincial health services.

In 2018-2019, he was on a Burnet team conducting Monitoring and Evaluation for another PNG project with some funding from the Australian Government: Wok Bung Wantaim (coming together), a partnership led by the Provincial Health Authorities of Hela and Southern Highlands and Oil Search Foundation. This strengthened health services through partnerships between government authorities at national, provincial and district levels, health service providers and the private sector.

In 2017 he designed and co-facilitated a two week 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, community representatives and researchers. In 2017 he co-facilitated a three week course on evidence-based Hepatitis C prevention, diagnosis, treatment and surveillance for participants from ministries of health, research and community sectors in China, Egypt and Indonesia. All three countries have now introduced new methods to eliminate Hepatitis C, and all continue to work in partnership with Burnet.

In 2014 and 2015 he was Team Leader to improve HIV prevention and treatment for young key populations in Bandung, Indonesia. This demonstration project was a partnership of the National AIDS Program (KPAN), Ministry of Health, Fokus Muda, University of Padjajaran, UNICEF and Burnet. It was followed in 2016 by a similar project in the Philippines, funded by UNICEF.


  • 2019: Accredited as a Partnership Broker, Partnership Brokers Association


  • 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)