Northern Australia Leading In Tropical Health Research


Northern Australia’s position as a world-leader in tropical health and medicine will be consolidated as construction starts on a new Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine facility in Cairns backed by $18 million from the Turnbull Government.

Northern-based Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed this significant step forward that will augment the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine facility in Townsville, and its wider work across the tropical World.

The new facility will build Australia’s research and training abilities in virology, disease and transmission control as well as the development of new treatments and vaccines for tropical diseases.

Senator Macdonald said that the advanced research and technical training capacities being built at the Institute will place Northern Australia firmly in a leadership position in the Tropical World.  

“Northern Australia is rapidly becoming the Tropical Health and Medicine research and training hub of the world as we work to improve the health outcomes across the Tropical Zone,” Senator Macdonald said.

Senator Macdonald has welcomed the turning of the first sod for the Cairns facility and said that the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine exemplifies the enormous potential of Northern Australia.

 “The Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine is another example of James Cook University and Northern Australia taking a leadership role at home, in our region, and across the entire globe,” Senator Macdonald said.

 “And I am delighted that the Government’s commitment to the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, that I announced on behalf of the Coalition prior to the 2010 election, has come to fruition.”

 The Australian Government committed $18 million to the new facility as part of a broader $42 million 2013 election pledge to the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine. This funding commitment has been matched by the Queensland Government.

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