AMREP World Health Day Forum - Deadly Bite: The Global Threat of Vector-borne Diseases

‘Deadly Bite: The Global Threat of Vector-borne Diseases’ is our theme for the 8th AMREP World Health Day Forum.


Thanks to everyone who has registered. We are no longer taking additional registrations as we have reached our capacity for this event.

Vector-borne diseases - infectious diseases transmitted by arthropods - continue to cause an enormous burden of disease globally and pose a major threat to Australia and our regional neighbours.

Leading Australian experts will address many of the key issues and priorities for our region, including disease control, vaccines, new therapeutics and drug resistance, as well as emerging diseases.

Among the major vector-borne diseases are malaria, dengue fever and many other mosquito-borne viral infections, leishmania, filariasis, trypanosomiasis and tick-borne infections.


Key speakers:

  • Professor Brendan Crabb, Burnet Institute

Official welcome & Global burden of vector-borne diseases

  • Professor Graham Brown, Foundation Director of Nossal Institute for Global Health

Global malaria control and Roll Back Malaria

  • Professor John MacKenzie, Curtin University


  • Ms Emeline Commack, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australian Aid)

Australian Aid program and malaria

  • Professor Malcolm McConville, Bio21 Institute & University of Melbourne


  • Dr Peter Ryan, Monash University

Vector control for dengue in Australia and Asia

  • Professor James Beeson, Burnet Institute

Malaria vaccines

  • Associate Professor Andrew Steer, Royal Children’s Hospital, The University of Melbourne

Scabies and skin infection

  • Dr Freya Fowkes, Burnet Institute

Malaria drug resistance

  • Mr Geoffrey Chan, Burnet Institute

Community management of malaria in rural PNG

  • Dr Irani Ratnam, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Clinical aspects of dengue and vaccines

  • Ms Rebecca Feldman, Victorian Department of Health

Vector control and arboviruses in Victoria

  • Dr Stacey Lynch, Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industry

Mosquito surveillance and control in Victoria

  • Dr Simon Firestone, University of Melbourne

Ross River virus predictive modelling

  • Dr Jennifer Catto, Monash University

Climate variation


Monash University Global Health Student Group

Hosted by the Alfred Research Medical and Education Precinct (AMREP), which includes Burnet Institute, Monash University, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, and The Alfred, this annual World Health Day event attracts more than 200 representatives from research organisations, the NGO sector, students, health service providers and Government.

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948.

Date & Time

Monday, 7 April, 2014
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM AEST


AMREP Lecture Theatre
Commercial Road, Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct

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Free event.


Contact Details

For more information about this event, please contact:

Stephanie Luketic

Manager, Major Projects and Events