Short courses on disease threats

Friday, 27 April 2018

A third and final short course for Indonesian professionals in cross-border tropical and infectious disease threats has been held in Darwin.

Run by the Menzies School of Health Research and the Nossal Institute for Global Health in Melbourne, the courses have focussed on the prevention and eradication or treatment of TB and malaria, particularly for infants, children and pregnant women.

The trial program has been in high demand with 95 Indonesian professionals participating in 2016 and 2017 and a further 50 recently in Australia completing the third course.

Southeast Asia is a recognised hot-spot for new diseases that can lead to global health emergencies. The focus on Southeast Asia and the Pacific in these courses helps to protect Australia’s health security against any potential cross-border threats and advances our aid program in our region.

Malaria remains a leading cause of maternal and neonatal mortality in Indonesia, particularly Eastern Indonesia and the courses focus on the regions with highest prevalence. More than half of all global TB cases occur in our region, and the disease kills more people in Papua New Guinea than any other infectious disease.

These courses are part of the Australian Government’s commitment to transform northern Australia into a centre of excellence for tropical medicine research.

The courses are delivered through Australia Awards in Indonesia—international scholarships funded by the Australian Government that offer the next generation of Indonesian leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development.

Read more about the Australian Government's work to strengthen innovation and tropical medicine research and education in the north.