News (2021)

December, 2021 (20)

23 December, 2021

Have a safe holiday season!

Thank you for your support of our work and the communities we serve. Burnet Institute will close from 24 December and re-open on 12 January 2022. Stay safe over the holiday period.

23 December, 2021

2021 in Review: July to December

As the COVID-19 Delta variant sent many into lockdown, Burnet’s public health and infectious disease expertise played a key role in protecting the community and charting a path forward.

23 December, 2021

2021 in Review: January to June

As the pandemic continued into 2021, Burnet remained pivotal in the COVID-19 response and continued important work in achieving equity through better health.

23 December, 2021

Burnet secures $3m funding to help bolster COVID-19 pandemic protections

Victorian Government funding supports two Burnet research projects - Dimeric IgA therapeutic monoclonal antibody technology and Potent biologicals for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19

23 December, 2021

A national response to COVID-19 is long overdue, but is yet to happen

Professor Brendan Crabb and Professor Mike Toole call for a nationally consistent approach to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, in an editorial for Nine Media publications.

21 December, 2021

Burnet and Doherty scientists develop highly accurate point-of-care neutralising antibodies (NAb) test for COVID-19

The test, which provides a readout from a fingerprick of blood in less than 20 minutes, is the first of its type globally.

20 December, 2021

How to have a safe(r) summer with COVID-19 cases rising in our communities.

As COVID-19 cases increase across Australia, here are 10 THINGS TO CONSIDER to have a safe[r] summer from our public health research experts.

19 December, 2021

‘Can’t have business as usual’ with Omicron curveball‘

As COVID-19 cases rise to record highs in NSW, Professor Brendan Crabb speaks to The New Daily, recommending “non-restrictive” interventions to combat the Omicron variant.

17 December, 2021

NHMRC appointment for A/Prof Joshua Vogel

Associate Professor Joshua Vogel has been appointed to the National Health and Medical Research Council Research Committee for a three-year term.

16 December, 2021

Impact Magazine Summer 2021 edition now live

Read stories about how we continued to support the COVID-19 response and advance our research and programs in HIV, hepatitis, and maternal and child health.

16 December, 2021

Social media analysis reveals new insights into antivax movement

Analysis of recent social media posts shows the antivax movement is diverse and complex, with conflicting concepts and interpretations of freedom and human rights.

16 December, 2021

Step forward for AIID

The Australian Institute for Infectious Disease has taken an important step forward with the signing of a Foundation Partners Agreement.

15 December, 2021

Omicron: What the science says

As the world tries to come to terms with the Omicron variant and its impact, the Herald Sun has published a useful explainer to address key questions.

15 December, 2021

Victoria to become home of mRNA vaccine manufacturing

Burnet welcomes the announcement of mRNA manufacturing capacity to be based in Victoria and play a vital role in future pandemic preparedness.

10 December, 2021

Philanthropy Award for Miller Foundation

Burnet Institute warmly congratulates the Miller family and their Miller Foundation, winners of the Research Australia Philanthropy Award for 2020.

09 December, 2021

PNG a candidate for next variant if Australia doesn’t help boost jabs

Burnet Institute epidemiologist Dr Stefanie Vaccher writes for Nine Media on the urgent need to support vaccination programs in Papua New Guinea.

08 December, 2021

New insights into immunity to malaria in pregnancy

A new Burnet study reveals the role of specific proteins in the blood to prevent malaria in pregnancy, providing a potential new pathway for vaccine development.

07 December, 2021

Concerns over COVID impact on malaria mortality

Concerns about the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on efforts to eliminate malaria remain following the release of the latest WHO World malaria report.

02 December, 2021

Call for action on global COVID-19 vaccines

Professor Brendan Crabb AC is among leading health and aid experts calling for Australia to commit $250 million to the COVAX global vaccination effort.

01 December, 2021

40 years of HIV – Where to next?

40 years of HIV – Where to next? was the theme for World AIDS Day 2021, and official events in Victoria commenced with good news from Health Minister, Martin Foley.

November, 2021 (10)

30 November, 2021

Well Beyond 50

The UNAIDS theme for World AIDS Day 2021 is ‘End inequalities. End AIDS’ and Burnet is playing its part with a new project to support people living with HIV who are aged over 50.

29 November, 2021

Experts urge caution on Omicron

Allowing the Omicron variant to run its course in the community would be a serious mistake, Burnet Deputy Director, Associate Professor David Anderson has warned.

29 November, 2021

Omicron variant

The World Health Organization has declared the Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant of SARS-CoV-2 a new variant of concern.

26 November, 2021

Vaccine equity a 'must' for new variant

With the emergence of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, Professor Brendan Crabb believes Australia has an overriding responsibility to support vaccine equity, not just regionally, but globally.

19 November, 2021

Improved naloxone access can prevent prescription opioid overdose deaths

New Burnet study demonstrates how improved access to naloxone in Australia could prevent hundreds of overdose deaths from prescription opioids.

15 November, 2021

While children wait for their COVID jab, caution is still required

Professor Brendan Crabb is a co-author of an editorial for Nine Media addressing the challenge of COVID-19 mitigation among children while they wait for the vaccine.

12 November, 2021

The Story of Joylene Vanahe

The tragic story of losing a young mum and her baby in PNG, and how the Safe Delivery App may have saved their lives. As told by Joylene Vanahe, Community Health Worker.

10 November, 2021

Better COVID vaccine information needed for key populations

Burnet study showing a high proportion of Melburnians who inject drugs are unwilling to be vaccinated for COVID-19 prompts calls for improved access to information.

08 November, 2021

Burnet support for National Plan modelling

Burnet Institute was a collaborator on the latest modelling to support the National Plan to Transition Australia’s National COVID Response.

04 November, 2021

NHMRC Ideas Grant for Burnet HIV research

A project led by Dr Anna Hearps focusing on a neglected problem in HIV cure research has been awarded an NHMRC Ideas Grant.

October, 2021 (20)

29 October, 2021

COVID-19 modelling FAQs

Gain a greater understanding of Burnet’s COVID-19 modelling, which has helped inform and shape Australia’s COVID-19 pandemic response.

25 October, 2021

Professor Caroline Homer appointed NHMRC Council Chair

Burnet Institute’s Professor Caroline Homer AO has been appointed Chair of the Council of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

25 October, 2021

Sustained investment is needed to eliminate hepatitis C by 2030

A new report highlights the ongoing decline of hepatitis C testing and treatment uptake and the cost-effectiveness of sustained investments in treatments.

25 October, 2021

COVID doesn’t need to run rampant. Here are six ways to keep cases low in the next year

Professor Brendan Crabb and Professor Nancy Baxter highlight the importance of a vaccines-plus strategy in a commentary for The Conversation.

22 October, 2021

As Melbourne cautiously opens up today, what lies ahead?

Professor Mike Toole AM and Professor Mark Stoové take a look at what lies ahead for post-lockdown Melbourne in this commentary for The Conversation.

22 October, 2021

Social media analysis shows support for public health measures

TIGER C19 analysis of Twitter and Reddit keywords reflects mixed impact of extended lockdowns in Australia.

21 October, 2021

Burnet Institute statement re. article

Statement in response to an article questioning peer-reviewed Burnet study findings on the impact of a mandatory mask policy.

21 October, 2021

Calls for PNG government directive to stop use of anti-worm drug

Social media misinformation drives demand for ivermectin in PNG for COVID-19, despite WHO warnings against its use.

19 October, 2021

PNG is back on the brink of a delta variant disaster

Complacency and vaccine hesitancy have left PNG wide open to delta infection, Professor Brendan Crabb says in the Australian Financial Review.

18 October, 2021

Podcast: Modelling COVID-19 - How Science Matters

Understand what goes into Burnet’s modelling and how it works in Episode 7 of our How Science Matters COVID-19 podcast series.

18 October, 2021

PNG calls for international help amid Delta surge

Hospitals in Papua New Guinea under strain as country battles COVID-19 surge and vaccine hesitancy.

17 October, 2021

Victorian lockdown to end 21 October: updated Burnet modelling

Updated Burnet mathematical modelling and accelerated vaccination levels a key driver guiding changes to Victoria’s roadmap.

14 October, 2021

Pandemic levels of abuse directed at COVID-19 experts

Burnet Institute leaders are among surveyed scientists prepared to call out threats they received for speaking to the media about COVID-19.

13 October, 2021

Time for Australia to get serious about global vaccine equity

Ending COVID-19 everywhere is not just an ethical imperative, it is essential for a healthier, more open, and economically stronger Australia.

12 October, 2021

The RTS,S malaria vaccine explained

Burnet’s Dr Liriye Kurtovic examines why has it taken until now for the WHO to recommend a malaria vaccine, and what it means for malaria elimination.

11 October, 2021

Westpac grant for project to protect children

A Burnet-led project to prevent the online exploitation of children has been awarded a Westpac Foundation research grant.

11 October, 2021

Vaccinate the world before virus mutates

Burnet co-authors ‘A Shot of Hope’ report, outlining Australia’s role in vaccinating the world against COVID-19.

07 October, 2021

WHO recommends first malaria vaccine for children at risk

Ground-breaking RTS,S vaccine found to be safe and effective at preventing malaria.

05 October, 2021

OzSage advice on protecting children from COVID-19

New advice released from Australian experts on COVID-19 on the protection of children and making schools and childcare safer.

02 October, 2021

Vaccines-plus crucial to COVID-19 exit

Mandatory vaccination and the need for a ‘vaccines plus’ exit from lockdown were among topics addressed by Professor Brendan Crabb on Ch7’s Weekend Sunrise.

September, 2021 (19)

30 September, 2021

Overnight spike in Victorian cases another hard COVID-19 lesson

Grand final celebrations were the likely main trigger with one-third of the new cases from illegal gatherings, writes Professor Brendan Crabb AC and Professor Mike Toole AM in The Age.

23 September, 2021

A regional COVID-19 response needs more from Australia

Chair of Pacific Friends of Global Health and Burnet’s Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb AC calls for greater Australian commitment to COVAX

21 September, 2021

Statement of support of TGA

Evidence-based health and medical organisations and individuals support Therapeutic Goods Administration; condemn threats to TGA staff.

19 September, 2021

Modelling the Victorian Roadmap

Burnet’s COVID-19 mathematical modelling was commissioned by the Victorian Government to inform the Victorian Roadmap

19 September, 2021

Rapid COVID-19 test a Burnet collaboration

A finger prick test that can quickly predict a person’s level of neutralising antibodies to COVID-19 has been developed by Burnet and Doherty Institutes.

17 September, 2021

New test to diagnose vaginal inflammation could help reduce risk of HIV infection

Burnet researchers are working with an international team in trials of an effective affordable tool that could have a major impact on reproductive health.

17 September, 2021

Burnet Support of Congress Vaccination strategy

Burnet Institute affirms our support for the efforts to protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities from COVID-19.

16 September, 2021

Burnet Student Symposium

The breadth of Burnet research was showcased in a program of outstanding presentations at Burnet Institute’s 2021 Student Symposium.

15 September, 2021

14 September, 2021

14 September, 2021

Podcast Ep. 8: Lost voice – COVID's impact on malaria

Professor James Beeson looks at the impact of COVID-19 on other infectious diseases, and how progress towards eliminating them could be set back.

14 September, 2021

NHMRC grants for Burnet Emerging Leaders

Burnet research into adolescent health, menstrual health and hepatitis C will benefit from National Health and Medical Research Council Emerging Leadership Grants.

09 September, 2021

08 September, 2021

Report reveals COVID's impact on HIV, TB and Malaria programs

The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously disrupted the fight against HIV, TB and malaria according to the Global Fund.

07 September, 2021

Initial modelling projections for second epidemic wave in Sydney, NSW

Overview of COVASIM modelling released by NSW Government

06 September, 2021

India may be reaching 'endemicity' after emerging from second COVID-19 wave

Is the worst of the pandemic over for India? First published on ABC News.

03 September, 2021

First advice from new expert body on reopening safely

A new multidisciplinary network, OzSage, has released independent expert advice on opening safely in the COVID-19 pandemic.

03 September, 2021

World Congress of Epidemiology

Burnet Institute researchers will be hosting a symposium on methodologies to accelerate malaria elimination at the 2021 World Congress of Epidemiology starting today.

01 September, 2021

Victoria's community effort helps avert around 6000 COVID-19 cases, Burnet modelling shows

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton cited the impact of community adherence during lockdown 6 in preventing thousands of new infections.

August, 2021 (22)

31 August, 2021

Podcast Ep. 6: Motherhood in a time of pandemic

Professor Caroline Homer discusses the crushing emotional toll of COVID-19 on expectant mothers worldwide, alongside the success stories for maternal health.

30 August, 2021

Malaria ‘hotspots’ found in PNG villages

New collaborative research highlights varying risk factors in PNG, guiding future malaria control activities.

27 August, 2021

Supporting menstrual health in Australia means more than just throwing pads at the problem

New attention to menstruation in Australia is welcome but long-term strategies are needed, writes Dr Julie Hennegan in The Conversation.

25 August, 2021

Ventilation a failing and an opportunity

Effective ventilation is both a failing and an opportunity for Australia to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Professor Brendan Crabb believes.

24 August, 2021

Podcast Ep. 5: Is COVID-normal possible?

Changing people’s behaviour is complicated. Professor Margaret Hellard explains how you can influence communities to embrace COVID-safe actions, and avoid stigma.

24 August, 2021

Focus on contact tracing, lockdowns in opening up

The need for lockdowns and effective contact tracing should to be included in the debate over plans to reopen Australia, according to Professor Allan Saul.

22 August, 2021

Podcast Ep. 4: Everyone’s an epidemiologist!

Hear how Burnet’s Professor Mike Toole, a 40-year veteran of disease control shelved his retirement plans in Egypt, to help solve the COVID-19 puzzle.

20 August, 2021

Podcast Ep. 3: No one is safe until everyone is safe

In this episode of How Science Matters Professor Leanne Robinson explains why Australia can’t can’t just barrier itself off from the rest of the world. Out now!

19 August, 2021

Why our COVID ambition must remain close to zero cases, even as we climb to high vaccination

Professor Brendan Crabb, Professor Mike Toole and Dr Suman Majumdar explain why COVID zero should continue to be our goal in an editorial for Nine Media publications.

19 August, 2021

What does the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan mean for the health of women and girls?

Professor Mike Toole AM writes for Croakey and suggests strategies to protect health gains.

19 August, 2021

Rising COVID-19 cases in NSW “a national emergency”

As New South Wales records 681 COVID-19 cases, Professor Brendan Crabb AC urges clearer, more uniform public health measures.

17 August, 2021

Vale Professor Evelyn Lavu

Professor Evelyn Lavu, a friend, colleague, mentor and leader in healthcare in Papua New Guinea.

17 August, 2021

Podcast Ep. 2: Are vaccines the silver bullet?

Listen to How Science Matters, featuring Professor Heidi Drummer, and find out why everyone will be touched by SARS-CoV-2 infection. Out now!

16 August, 2021

Transformational day for Burnet with the sale of 360biolabs

The Burnet Institute majority owned company 360biolabs has signed an agreement to be purchased by BioAgilytix Labs, LLC (BioAgilytix), a leading global contract research laboratory headquartered in the USA.

16 August, 2021

Burnet Statement on Afghanistan

Burnet Institute expresses grave concern about the health and safety of the Afghan people as the Taliban occupies the capital, Kabul.

16 August, 2021

ACMI to facilitate access to modelling

Burnet Institute is a collaborator in an exciting new initiative, the Australian COVID-19 Modelling Initiative (ACMI).

13 August, 2021

Podcast Ep. 1: A year like no other, the pandemic continues

Listen to How Science Matters, featuring Professor Brendan Crabb, and find out why COVID-19 is a ‘goldilocks virus". Out now!

10 August, 2021

Burnet launches How Science Matters podcast series!

The new 8-part podcast helps makes sense of the impact of COVID-19 through science. Subscribe today!

10 August, 2021

Professor Brendan Crabb ABC TV News Breakfast

Professor Brendan Crabb addresses the state of play with COVID-19 in Australia in an expansive interview with Lisa Millar on ABC TV News Breakfast.

09 August, 2021

Study shows people not getting COVID tested even when symptomatic

Victorians are modifying their behaviour in response to changing COVID-19 restrictions, but many are not having a COVID-19 test even when symptomatic.

02 August, 2021

Global Fund boost for detection of infectious diseases in Indo-Pacific

Burnet Institute is part of a major collaboration awarded AUD$5 million in funding for the detection of infectious diseases in our region

July, 2021 (18)

30 July, 2021

Burnet modelling shows COVID ‘exit’ needs vaccines and public health controls

New Burnet modelling shows that until Australia achieves extremely high rates of vaccination coverage, public health restrictions will be essential for community control of COVID-19.

28 July, 2021

World Hepatitis Day 2021 – evidence-based successes and future possibilities

To celebrate World Hepatitis Day, Burnet Institute’s symposium highlighted the progress towards hep B and C elimination goals.

28 July, 2021

New partnership to boost hepatitis C elimination in regional Aboriginal settings

A new project will use integrated and culturally appropriate strategies to help eliminate hepatitis C infection in Aboriginal communities.

28 July, 2021

New treatment pathways for hepatitis C

Newly published Burnet study demonstrates the feasibility and effectiveness of simplified treatment of hepatitis C in Myanmar.

22 July, 2021

World-first study shows effectiveness of masks in preventing COVID transmission

Burnet research shows how the mandating of masks during Melbourne’s second wave in 2020 ‘turned the epidemic around’.

20 July, 2021

IAS award for Burnet researcher

Burnet Research Assistant and PhD candidate Brendan Harney has been acknowledged for excellence in research with an IAS/MSD Prize for Research in HIV Prevention.

17 July, 2021

Burnet support for HIV Consensus Statement

Professor Margaret Hellard joins HIV experts from around the world in support of the long-term well-being of people living with HIV.

16 July, 2021

Burnet Institute Travel Awards

The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t dampened travel ambitions for winners of Burnet Institute’s Travel Awards for 2020.

15 July, 2021

How will variants change our response to COVID-19?

Professor Brendan Crabb and Professor Mike Toole explain the implications of the Delta variant and the need for a ‘Vaccine-Plus’ strategy in this commentary for The Age.

13 July, 2021

New collaboration to address P. Vivax in PNG

Burnet is a collaborator in a new program to improve the management of Plasmodium vivax, the most prevalent form of recurring malaria worldwide.

13 July, 2021

Experts unite to help get Aussies vaccinated against COVID-19

Australian Academy of Science launches vaccination campaign featuring Burnet’s Professor Brendan Crabb.

06 July, 2021

Morrison’s COVID roadmap a step in the right direction

Professor Brendan Crabb and Professor Margaret Hellard take a critical look at Australia’s staged COVID roadmap in this commentary for Nine Media.

06 July, 2021

Why is Delta such a worry?

Professor Mike Toole AM takes a close look at the COVID-19 Delta variant in a global context in this commentary originally published in The Conversation.

05 July, 2021

Celebrating NAIDOC Week

Burnet Institute is committed to NAIDOC Week and the importance of this year’s theme, ‘Heal Country!’

05 July, 2021

Modelling says vaccines alone won’t be panacea back to normal life

Professor Margaret Hellard joins experts citing the need for QR check-ins, social distancing, density controls and masking intervention as part of the reopening stages agreed by the National Cabinet. Published in the AFR.

02 July, 2021

Professor Brendan Crabb to lead Australian Global Health Alliance

Burnet Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC has been appointed Chair of the Australian Global Health Alliance, Australia’s peak body for global health organisations.

June, 2021 (16)

30 June, 2021

Australians frustrated with COVID-19 vaccine rollout and communications, social media analysis shows

Burnet collaborative project analyses social media keywords and themes in May-June 2021.

28 June, 2021

The path to exiting the pandemic is paved with vaccinations

Australia is clearly a long way from high vaccine coverage writes Professor Brendan Crabb AC and Professor Heidi Drummer in The New Daily.

25 June, 2021

Vaccine targets for over-60s called out as ‘ambitious’

A new plan suggests those eligible for AstraZeneca will be vaccinated by October. But how realistic is that goal? First published on RACGP news.

17 June, 2021

NHMRC awards for Associate Professor Josh Vogel

Associate Professor Vogel acknowledged for his leadership and excellence in research with two prestigious awards.

16 June, 2021

mRNA advisory appointment for Professor Brendan Crabb

Burnet Institute Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC has been appointed to mRNA Victoria’s new Scientific Advisory Group.

14 June, 2021

Queen's Birthday Honour for Associate Professor Edwina Wright

Burnet Institute’s Associate Professor Edwina Wright is among eminent Australians acknowledged in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

13 June, 2021

Lockdown alternatives to be found in unshackled thinking

A weary Melbourne is emerging from its fourth lockdown. In The Age/SMH, Professor Brendan Crabb AC is among the experts analysing if a rethink of lockdowns is needed.

11 June, 2021

Are lockdowns the answer every time there is a COVID-19 outbreak?

Lockdowns are an essential part of the pandemic-response toolkit, but how can we reduce the pain? Professor Brendan Crabb and Professor Mike Toole write for Nine Media.

11 June, 2021

North Richmond SIF supporting the most vulnerable, new study shows

A new Burnet study shows the North Richmond Medically Supervised Injecting Facility is fulfilling its brief by attracting people most in need of the service.

11 June, 2021

Scientific discovery centre stage in Medical Research Week 2021

Celebrating all researchers, students and the support teams who work tirelessly to improve our health and tackle unsolved health problems.

04 June, 2021

Stark inequity in global COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Globally 2 billion doses of vaccine have been given, but Africa is being left behind. Watch Professor Mike Toole’s analysis of the disparity in vaccinating the world’s population.

02 June, 2021

COVID-19 Global Update: 1-31 May 2021

Latest information on global epidemiology and trends, science snapshots and updates on vaccines and viral variants.

02 June, 2021

Australia is in a race against Covid-19. I’m waiting to hear the starting gun

In a commentary for The Guardian, Professor Mike Toole writes urgent action is needed to prevent the current Victorian lockdown from happening again.

01 June, 2021

New Action Plan for hepatitis elimination

Burnet Institute is a signatory to an Action Plan for the elimination of hepatitis B and hepatitis C by 2030.

01 June, 2021

Staying ahead of the curve

How EC Australia partner organisations are using creative strategies to find, test and treat the 110,000 Australians still living with hep C. First published in IMPACT.

May, 2021 (21)

28 May, 2021

New STI affecting pregnant women in PNG

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies is addressing significant health challenges faced by women and young children in Papua New Guinea.

28 May, 2021

Clear leadership and purpose-built quarantine crucial to beating COVID

Professors Brendan Crabb and Mike Toole call for national leadership in addressing aerosol transmission of COVID-19 and the need for purpose-built quarantine in a commentary for Nine Media.

27 May, 2021

Taking actions towards Reconciliation

National Reconciliation Week 2021: Burnet taking action to ensure Reconciliation is more than a word.

25 May, 2021

AAS Fellowship for Professor Brendan Crabb

Burnet Institute Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science for his outstanding contribution to science.

25 May, 2021

Melbourne COVID-19 cluster sparks new restrictions

Professor Brendan Crabb spoke with Patricia Karvelas on RN Drive about what the latest outbreak means for Victorians.

21 May, 2021

COVID-19: What's next?

Professor Mike Toole explores how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect us in 2021 and beyond? First published in IMPACT.

21 May, 2021

Olympic athletes speak up: current COVID plans aren’t enough to keep them safe

Professor Mike Toole writes for The Conversation on why proceeding with the Tokyo Olympics defies public health logic.

21 May, 2021

Elderly Australians and people living with chronic illness still limiting social interactions

Social mixing in Australia has increased as COVID-19 restrictions have eased, but older people and people living with chronic illness have continued to limit social interactions, new research led by Burnet has found.

19 May, 2021

Australian Institute for Infectious Disease coming to world-leading Melbourne Biomedical Precinct

Burnet Institute welcomes an additional $245 million investment from the Victorian Government to build the new Australian Institute for Infectious Disease (AIID).

19 May, 2021

A year of challenges and successes

The year 2020 is acknowledged as one of Burnet’s most challenging, yet successful, in the Institute’s 2020 Annual Report.

19 May, 2021

Dr Nick Scott is Gust-McKenzie Medallist

Congratulations to Burnet econometrician whose modelling has been crucial in informing Australia’s COVID-19 response.

16 May, 2021

We must use caution to break out of Fortress Australia

Professor Brendan Crabb and Professor Mike Toole put the case for a nuanced approach to border control in a commentary published in Nine Media.

14 May, 2021


Read the latest stories from Burnet’s scientists on the frontline of medical research and public health innovation. Covering COVID-19, maternal and child health, viral hepatitis and other major health issues.

13 May, 2021

WHO’s counting on us to stop the next pandemic

Professor Brendan Crabb responds to the Independent Panel’s investigation into the COVID-19 pandemic in an editorial for Nine Media.

13 May, 2021

How a faster WHO response could have slowed COVID-19’s spread

The World Health Organization needs support in the wake of the Independent Panel Report into its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Mike Toole writes for The Conversation.

11 May, 2021

Exploring social media for attitudes to COVID

Burnet is a collaborator in a project to understand what social media posts reveal about public sentiment relating to COVID-19 and its impact on the Australian community.

10 May, 2021

COVID-19 patients from Australian ICUs still reporting symptoms

Two in three Australians recovering from severe COVID-19 disease have ongoing issues six months on, a study has found. First published on ABC News.

08 May, 2021

Her way: how new mothers in Australia navigated their transition to parenthood during COVID-19

Mother’s Day 2021: Study shows new levels of resilience and resourcefulness as childbearing women adapted to COVID-19 maternity experience.

07 May, 2021

COVID-19 Global Update: Vaccines and Variants

Analysis of COVID-19 vaccine news, and emerging viral variants compiled by Burnet’s Know-C19 Hub.

06 May, 2021

Community focus on TB

Burnet Institute is a founding collaborator in a new group, the Melbourne TB Community, which aims to optimise science and practice relating to tuberculosis.

05 May, 2021

COVID-19 Global Update: Epidemiology and Trends

Summary of the worsening global COVID-19 situation in April 2021, in volume 1 of the Know-C19 Hub’s latest Global Update.

April, 2021 (16)

30 April, 2021

Professor Heidi Drummer appointed Scientific Director of Burnet Diagnostics Initiative (BDI)

Professor Drummer will also lead the Burnet Diagnostics Initiative (BDI) lab team. Associate Professor David Anderson remains BDI’s Chief Scientific Officer.

30 April, 2021

New definition urges action on menstrual health for all

A global collaboration of experts has developed a definition of menstrual health to provide clarity and unity in support of menstrual needs worldwide.

29 April, 2021

It’s time to move quarantine out of city hotels

More than a dozen COVID leaks in 6 months: to protect Australians, it’s time to move quarantine out of city hotels, Professor Mike Toole writes in The Conversation

28 April, 2021

17th Sex Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll Survey live

Examining changes in behaviours and attitudes to health and wellbeing is the focus of Burnet’s long-running young people’s health survey, which is now live.

28 April, 2021

Not just better health: The impact of investment in medical research

The ‘Creating a Healthy Future’ Report by Victoria’s Lead Scientist, Dr Amanda Caples, highlights stunning economic returns from investment by Victorian Government in medical research.

26 April, 2021

New Oxford malaria vaccine a potential game-changer

Burnet malaria specialist, Professor Brendan Crabb AC spoke with ABC Radio Sydney’s Josh Szeps about what the new vaccine means for poorer communities.

24 April, 2021

COVID-19 elicits concerns and hope on World Malaria Day

While progress towards malaria elimination is being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, malaria research stands to benefit from the upheaval of the past 15 months.

20 April, 2021

Protecting PNG from an escalating COVID-19 outbreak is urgent business for Australia

An urgent priority is to provide more assistance to scale up testing across the country writes Professor Brendan Crabb AC and Professor Mike Toole AM in The Canberra Times.

19 April, 2021

Surging global cases of COVID-19 threaten Australia’s exit strategy

The race to vaccinate the world is not keeping pace with accelerated transmission by viral variants of concern writes Burnet’s Professor Mike Toole AM and Professor Brendan Crabb AC in the SMH.

18 April, 2021

Shame, stigma barriers to COVID-19 testing for young and culturally diverse, report finds

Optimise Study finds high rates of testing hesitancy among young Australians and migrant communities.

15 April, 2021

Vaccine rollout should focus on Asia-Pacific region

Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine programs are threatened while the virus is allowed to spread rapidly overseas, experts Professor Brendan Crabb and Dr Anthony Fauci warn.

09 April, 2021

Australia's vaccine rollout pivots with new advice about AstraZeneca vaccine

Professor Brendan Crabb AC talks to ABC TV’s Afternoon Briefing about why the Government now prefers the Pfizer vaccine for under 50s.

08 April, 2021

Hotel Quarantine in Victoria: third time lucky?

As international travellers return, will it be third time lucky for Victoria’s hotel quarantine system? Mike Toole writes in The Conversation.

02 April, 2021

PSANZ awards for Burnet students

Students from Burnet’s Global Women’s and Newborn’s Health Group picked up two prizes at the Annual Congress of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand.

01 April, 2021

No time to lose: One million COVID-19 cases predicted in PNG 'in a few weeks'

A potential humanitarian crisis is looming in PNG. The PNG Epidemic Response Group including Burnet, calls for urgent vaccine support by Australian Government.

01 April, 2021

Australia urged to send 1 million vaccines to PNG

Medical research institutes, including Burnet, join NGOs and Church groups in Australia seeking strong, additional support for PNG’s COVID-19 emergency.

March, 2021 (17)

31 March, 2021

New cells harnessed to ambush and kill malaria

A novel approach from Burnet scientists, targeting malaria as soon as it enters the bloodstream, has yielded exciting results towards the development of a much-needed vaccine.

29 March, 2021

Burnet report supports ACT safe injecting facility

A study led by Professor Paul Dietze recommends a medically supervised drug injection room be opened in Canberra.

24 March, 2021

TB: The Clock is Ticking

Each year, on March 24, World TB Day brings awareness to the devastating health, social and economic impacts of tuberculosis, the world’s deadliest infectious disease.

24 March, 2021

Exciting results for TB treatment trial

Burnet’s Dr Philipp du Cros played a key role in the success of a trial to find a better treatment for rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis (TB).

24 March, 2021

Tuberculosis: Debilitating in a COVID-19 world

As we continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, on World TB Day 2021, many parallels with TB have become apparent.

24 March, 2021

How maths is saving lives in 40 countries

Burnet mathematical modellers are working out the most cost-effective healthcare interventions around the world.

17 March, 2021

Burnet welcomes Australia's urgent COVID-19 support package for PNG

Help is on the way. Crisis support package announced by Australian Government to save lives, protect PNG’s health system, ensure stability in the region and protect the health of Australians.

15 March, 2021

A catastrophe looms with PNG’s COVID crisis. Australia needs to respond urgently

Professors Brendan Crabb and Leanne Robinson outline the case for a rapid and definitive Australian response to PNG’s COVID crisis in The Conversation.

11 March, 2021

AstraZeneca vaccine better when given 12 weeks apart

Study finds AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses have better efficacy when given 12 weeks apart. First published on ABC News website.

11 March, 2021

COVID-19 Timeline: How Science Matters

Take a look back at the defining moments of the pandemic, and read about the significant impact Burnet’s work and expertise has made in Australia and globally.

08 March, 2021

International Women's Day

Celebrating Burnet’s women in STEM who are responding to the most pressing global health threats.

07 March, 2021

Vale Jude Byrne

Our friend, a fearless advocate for people who inject drugs, and heart and soul of Australia’s harm reduction response.

05 March, 2021

COVID-19 and the impacts on women

Burnet International Women’s Day event focuses on women and girls most impacted by COVID-19.

05 March, 2021

Hurdles remain to our COVID-19 future, but it’s on the horizon

Professors Mike Toole and Brendan Crabb outline their vision for our COVID future in an editorial for Nine Media.

04 March, 2021

Vale: Dr Paison Dakulala, a close friend and colleague

The Burnet Institute community is deeply saddened to hear of the death of one of PNG’s leading health authorities and campaigner for those most at risk.

01 March, 2021

01 March, 2021

Virtual course improves midwifery educator capacity

Burnet and UNFPA Asia-Pacific midwifery education course adapts to pandemic restrictions to keep focus on improving quality of education.

February, 2021 (13)

26 February, 2021

Prestigious US scholarship for Burnet researcher

Burnet public health researcher awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Columbia University.

26 February, 2021

Your vaccine questions answered

Burnet Institute researchers have combined with The New Daily to address popular questions about COVID-19 vaccines and Australia’s vaccination rollout.

23 February, 2021

How a friendship with a mum-to-be in PNG opened Margery’s eyes

Margery Nash started supporting Burnet’s Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Program after seeing expecting mothers enduring hardship in PNG.

22 February, 2021

Burnet welcomes COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Burnet Institute acknowledges and welcomes the commencement of Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

17 February, 2021

Biotech exec Jennifer Barnes to lead ambitious, new Burnet Diagnostics Initiative

The new BDI underscores our commitment to translate technologies to solve global health problems.

17 February, 2021

Your messages make it to Ma Sabai in Myanmar

14-year-old Ma Sabai, captured hearts in Australia when we shared her story about the struggle she experienced coping with menstruation, and the help she received from Burnet.

17 February, 2021

How long will COVID-19 vaccinations remain protective?

With AstraZeneca’s vaccine receiving TGA approval in Australia, Professor Mike Toole answers some key questions about it and the Pfizer vaccine.

15 February, 2021

Small holes make for big problems in pandemic Australia

N95 masks should be standard PPE for hotel quarantine workers, say Burnet’s Professors Mike Toole and Brendan Crabb. First published in the Australian Financial Review.

09 February, 2021

Burnet hosts Thai Ambassador

Burnet Institute was honoured to host Her Excellency Ms Busadee Santipitaks, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand.

04 February, 2021

Single dose vaccine data encouraging

Professor Brendan Crabb describes reports a single dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine could offer sustained protection against COVID-19 as encouraging, but requiring further scrutiny.

03 February, 2021

Talking vaccines: Professor Heidi Drummer with ABC Melbourne's Raf Epstein

Enjoy listening again to this fascinating segment where they discuss the COVID-19 vaccines, their efficacy and whether they can prevent transmission.

02 February, 2021

Perth is the latest city to suffer a COVID quarantine breach. Why does this keep happening?

A lack of national standards and the need to take aerosol transmission seriously are just two reasons, Professor Mike Toole AM writes in The Conversation.

01 February, 2021

Tokyo Olympics plan is tempting disaster

The IOC’s push for the Tokyo Olympics to proceed despite Japan’s massive third wave of COVID-19 defies public health logic writes Professor Mike Toole AM in The Age/SMH.

January, 2021 (10)

28 January, 2021

New study highlights family planning needs in PNG

A major Burnet-led study identifies needs and priorities to address the low use of family planning methods and reduce high rates of unintended pregnancies among pregnant women in PNG.

27 January, 2021

Progress towards ending TB at risk

COVID-19 pandemic is reversing global progress towards tuberculosis elimination. First published by ANU’s Development Policy Centre.

25 January, 2021

Insect repellent's surprising role in malaria elimination

Repellents to be included in Myanmar’s malaria policy to prevent new infections, in response to world-first Burnet study. Published in IMPACT.

22 January, 2021

New insights into the induction of malaria antibodies

Innovative new research has linked the activation of immune cells to the induction of protective antibodies against malaria.

16 January, 2021

Herd immunity muddies the waters

Professor Brendan Crabb tells The Australian the recent debate about herd immunity and vaccines is a result of Australia’s outstanding success in managing COVID-19.

11 January, 2021

Tracking down outbreaks and causes of fever in PNG

Surveillance and response tool for vector-borne disease now also being used for COVID-19.

09 January, 2021

Australia’s little-recognised vaccine advantage

Professor Heidi Drummer told AFR’s Health Editor Jill Margo, Australia has a ‘window of opportunity’ to get beyond the pandemic.

07 January, 2021

Hang in there, Australia — we’re in great shape but we’re only halfway through the COVID marathon

Professor Brendan Crabb AC and Professor Mike Toole AM write in The Conversation

04 January, 2021

Bring it on: the COVID-19 jab is safe so let's jump-start the Australian rollout

Burnet’s vaccine specialist, Professor Heidi Drummer writes in the SMH and The Age.

04 January, 2021

Mobile immunisation clinics supporting the homeless during COVID-19

Burnet-supported service takes healthcare to Melbourne’s at-risk homeless populations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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