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Burnet welcomes Health For Development Strategy

Angus Morgan

16 June, 2015

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Burnet Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC and Foreign Minister The Hon Julie Bishop MP at the Burnet Institute event at Parliament House, Canberra

Burnet Institute has welcomed the Australian Government’s new Health For Development Strategy to strengthen regional preparedness for emerging health threats and develop country-level health systems responsive to people’s needs.

Announced by Foreign Minister The Hon Julie Bishop at Burnet Institute’s event at Parliament House, Canberra to celebrate Papua New Guinea’s achievements in health, the strategy acknowledges health as a foundation for human development, economic growth and poverty reduction.

It also identifies improved access to clean water, sanitation, hygiene and good nutrition as preconditions for good health.

“We welcome the government’s launch of their new strategy for health in their overseas development program,” said Burnet Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb AC.

“We are especially pleased to see research and innovation at the centre of their plans"

Foreign Minister Bishop said building strong public health systems and services in key partner countries in South East Asia and the Pacific will improve health outcomes and save lives.

“It will also help protect the health of Australians and our economic and trade interests,” Ms Bishop said.

“Our region is particularly vulnerable to disease outbreaks that can spread across borders, with significant human and economic costs.

“We will use our aid and diplomatic influence to encourage regional collaboration on these issues.

“We will continue to focus on innovation and developing new approaches and technologies that meet the needs of our region, including tackling drug resistant tuberculosis and malaria.”

The strategy highlights the importance of engaging private sector partners, which are a significant financier and provider of health services.

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Angus Morgan

Senior Media and Communications Officer

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angus.morgan@burnet.edu.au

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