Northern Australia leader in tropical health research

Northern based Federal Government Senator Ian Macdonald today welcomed the official opening of the $24.5 million Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine Centre (AITHM) in Cairns, a key milestone in the Coalition Government’s 2030 Vision for Developing Northern Australia.

Senator Macdonald said he is delighted the Government’s commitment to the AITHM, which he announced on behalf of the Coalition prior to the 2010 election, has come to fruition.

“Today’s opening consolidates Northern Australia’s position as a world leader in tropical health and medicine, with AITHM campuses now operational in Cairns, Townsville and Thursday Island,” Senator Macdonald said.

“It took the combined efforts of the LNP Newman Government in 2012 and the Federal Coalition to see these centres of excellence finally becomes a reality.  

“This new AITHM is home to 16 laboratories, 53 staff and 32 post graduate students, all with a combined focus of tackling tropical disease such as dengue fever and malaria. People across the entire Tropical World will benefit from this visionary project.  

“I would like to congratulate Dr Ian Wronski and James Cook University Vice Chancellor Sandra Harding on their efforts in securing this facility.” 

The AITHM at James Cook University’s Smithfield campus has been made possible through $18 million in Federal Government funding and $6.4 million from the Queensland State Government.


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