In Papua New Guinea, 1500+ women die every year from childbirth-related causes – 80 times higher than in Australia. And these deaths are, mostly, preventable.
Through collaboration across Burnet as well as with other key academic partners such as the Australian Research Centre for Sex, Health and Society at LaTrobe University, the Centre for Social Research in Health, and the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales, we are actively working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities, both in Australia and abroad.
We work closely with the Victorian Department of Health and community organisations like the Victorian AIDS Council and Living Positive Victoria to ensure community-based responses are evidence-based, and are responding to the emerging health needs.
Our vision is to facilitate reductions in new HIV infections and improve the lives of people living with HIV in Australia and internationally through discovery and translational research that targets HIV prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
This will be achieved by:
Maintaining and building upon Burnet’s collaborations with key populations and people living with HIV in Australia and in resource-constrained settings that help guide our work.
Developing, implementing and expanding innovative bio-behavioural surveillance systems and research projects that enhance our understanding of HIV risk and protective behaviours among vulnerable populations.
Working with government and civil society to help strengthen health systems, and reduce social and legislative marginalisation of HIV-risk populations.
Undertaking implementation and demonstration projects that support the most effective ways to expand HIV testing, treatment and primary prevention.