Burnet's viceregal celebration

Angus Morgan

07 April, 2016

IMAGE: (L-R) Burnet Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb; Her Excellency, The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria; Burnet Chairman Mr Rob Milne

Burnet Institute’s 30th anniversary year has been acknowledged and celebrated at a reception hosted by Burnet’s Patron-in-Chief, Victorian Governor, The Honourable Linda Dessau AM.

More than 130 board members, staff, supporters and friends of Burnet were entertained on Thursday evening in the Drawing Room at Government House, situated in Melbourne’s Kings Domain.

Among the guests were Burnet founding Director, Professor Ian Gust AO, former Federal Science Minister, Professor Barry Jones AC, philanthropist Jeanne Pratt, and former Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Professor Allan Fels AO.

The Governor said she was grateful for the opportunity to express her support and commend the Institute on the valuable work it undertakes.

IMAGE: The Governor welcomes guests the the celebration of Burnet’s 30th anniversary

The anniversary, she said, marks an exciting milestone and provides an opportunity to reflect on Burnet’s achievements since its inception in 1986.

“I congratulate the Institute on 30 years of vital research, public health action and contribution to global health,” Governor Dessau said.

“We are very fortunate to have so many brilliant minds working here … particularly in the area of malaria research and the treatment and prevention of HIV.”

Burnet Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb said the Institute had come a long way since the late 1980s when its research focused heavily on viruses such as HIV and hepatitis.

IMAGE: Burnet Institute founding Director Professor Ian Gust AO

He noted the broadening of Burnet’s work to include infectious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and hepatitis C; women’s and children’s health; the health of young people; alcohol, drugs and harm reduction; sexual and reproductive health; and immunology, vaccines and immunisation.

“Intractable disease and poor health underpinned by poverty and lack of opportunity remain a major impediment to a better Australia and, certainly, to a better world,” Professor Crabb said.

“Single diseases like HIV, TB and malaria, and especially those three, can keep entire nations poor.

“The pressure is on to achieve more, but with less, and embedding research in all its forms into public health and into human development activities is the key to achieving this outcome.”

IMAGE: Burnet supporter and 2009 Senior Australian of the Year, Mr Pat LaManna OAM meets Governor Dessau

Since its formative days based at Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital in Melbourne, Burnet Institute has developed into a world-renowned, unaligned, independent, not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve the health of vulnerable communities in Australia and internationally.

Burnet currently has more than 400 scientists, public health professionals and students involved in discovery-based medical research in 20 laboratories, and innovative population research and international health programs.


Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Director and CEO; Co-Head Malaria Research Laboratory; Chair, Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)




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