Disease Elimination

This program strives to eliminate public health threats posed by several serious infectious diseases in Australia and globally.

Globally, millions of people die each year from the preventable infectious diseases – HIV, malaria and viral hepatitis (B and C).


Including tuberculosis, they are among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in our region and affect vulnerable communities in Australia. Many of these diseases occur as comorbidities, exacerbating illness and death. An estimated 650 million people are living with a chronic infectious disease, and billions more are at risk.

Through this program, Burnet will:

  • Strive to eliminate public health threats posed by several serious infectious diseases in Australia and globally aligned with disease elimination targets set by the World Health Organization
  • Aim to reduce the prevalence of hepatitis C in Australia by 50 percent and stop new Australian HIV transmissions by 2020
  • Make a major contribution to malaria elimination in our region.

A two-way pipeline will be created where our research discoveries can be tested in the field, and field programs inform discovery research through our long-standing connections with vulnerable target populations in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, China and in other African, Asian and Pacific countries.

Contact Details

Professor Heidi E Drummer

Program Director, Disease Elimination; Co-Head, Drummer/Poumbourios Laboratory

Telephone

+61392822179

Email

heidi.drummer@burnet.edu.au


Projects

Latest News

    14 January, 2020

    EVE-M: Transforming women's health

    Burnet leads ambitious new concept to revolutionise women’s sexual and reproductive health.

    09 January, 2020

    STOP TB Joint Action Statement

    Burnet is a signatory to a Joint Action Statement calling for action to end the tuberculosis epidemic by 2030, with a special focus on drug-resistant TB.

Upcoming Events

    19 February, 2020

    Lorne Infection and Immunity Conference 2020

    Burnet’s Professor Heidi Drummer is on the Organising Committee for the Lorne Infection and Immunity Conference.

    23 February, 2020

    MAM 2020

    The latest in malaria research will be presented at the Molecular Approaches to Malaria Conference, MAM 2020, in Lorne.