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July, 2021 (17)

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

IMPACT 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 (17)

30 April, 2021

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

Professor Drummer will also lead the Global Health Diagnostics Development laboratory 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.


25 April, 2021

Malaria in the Asia Pacific: A complex but solvable problem

Despite the pressure the COVID-19 pandemic places on health services, it is important that malaria and COVID-19 not be considered as competing priorities.


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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