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We are proud to present the 2022 Annual Ruth Bishop Address. Professor Ruth Bishop AC led a team of researchers to the landmark discovery of rotavirus in 1973, a major breakthrough in tackling one of the most significant causes of infant mortality worldwide. The team’s discovery kick-started the successful 30-year endeavour to develop a rotavirus v…
 
This week we continue our analysis of One Health, bringing you a discussion about how One Health approaches are being advanced in the Pacific with Dr Salanieta Taka Saketa. Dr Sala is a Senior Epidemiologist in the public health division of the Pacific community (SPC). We discuss how priorities vary in different Pacific country contexts, the applic…
 
From the seventh World One Health Congress held earlier this month in Singapore, we bring you this conversation with Dr Osman Dar and Dr Catherine Machalaba, both members of the One Health High-Level Expert Panel. In this episode, we explore what One Health is, approaches in practice, including addressing Nipah virus in Malaysia, how the value of O…
 
In this episode we’re joined by a panel of experts from the World Bank to discuss universal health coverage in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Panellists: Dr Toomas Palu, Adviser on Global Coordination at the World Bank's Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice (Geneva, Switzerland) Dr Aparnaa Somanathan, Practice Manager for Health, Nutri…
 
This week’s guest is Dr Shubha Nagesh, a medical doctor and a public health physician in India. She is currently the chapter development manager for Asia Pacific and the Middle East at Women in Global Health, where her work focuses on gender transformative leadership. In this episode, we talk about the importance of gender equality to health securi…
 
Vaccine hesitancy has been a particular challenge for governments and health teams around the world as COVID-19 vaccines have been rolled out. In Papua New Guinea, a country still seeking to embed a system of routine childhood vaccinations, the rollout presented a challenge for the health workforce. Our guest this week is Mr Api Kassman, Executive …
 
Last month at the Global Health Security Conference in Singapore, Policy Cures Research launched their second edition of the Landscape of Emerging Infectious Disease Research and Development funding report, supported by the Australian Government. Our guest this week is Dr Paul Barnsley, Senior Analyst at Policy Cures Research, and the lead author o…
 
As the global health community continues to examine how prepared we were for a pandemic, this week’s episode asks – how can we move the conversation forward to future resilience, and what systems can be put in place to ensure we can withstand future pandemics? Our guest this week is Professor Mika Salminen, the Director of Health Security at the Fi…
 
As we move from COVID-19 as a pandemic, to COVID-19 as a virus, this week’s episode asks – what did we learn about pandemic response as a global health community? In particular, what did we learn about applying a global health response in middle- and low-economically developed countries? And what can we do better next time? Our guests this week are…
 
The Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security has begun a series of roundtables across the country on Future Funding Priorities. At the recent roundtable in Melbourne Robin Davies, First Assistant Secretary of the Global Health Division at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Head of the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, spoke to Pr…
 
Australian Ambassador for Regional Health Security, Stephanie Williams, is back on the road to meet with Australia’s partners in the region and learn about how they have fared during the pandemic. On today’s episode, Ambassador Williams speaks to Armandina Gusmao Amaral, the Program Director at the Partnership for Human Development. Mana Dina is a …
 
Today’s episode features Professor Allen Cheng, the Director of the Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology unit at Alfred Health, Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at Monash University and the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Vaccines to the Therapeutic Goods Administration and an infectious diseases physician. He is also kn…
 
World Health Day this Thursday, 7 April will focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being. After two years of a global pandemic, it’s a time to reflect on the fact that the health of our planet and the health of our people are inextricably conne…
 
This Thursday, 24 March is World Tuberculosis Day. An estimated 9.9 million people fell ill with TB in 2020 and 1.5 million people died from the disease. TB continues to be a blight in the Indo-Pacific region, particularly in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Kiribati and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Papua New Guinea bears the largest burden of…
 
The theme for International Women's Day 2022 is "Gender equality today for a sustainable world tomorrow." Women and girls in the Indo-Pacific region are at the forefront of dealing with the effects of climate affected disasters – from natural disasters to pandemics. They are also leading the charge on disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptat…
 
At the centre of the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic was a set of public health obligations called the International Health Regulations (IHR). The IHR is a legally-binding instrument designed to help the international community prevent and respond to acute public health risks that have the potential to cross borders and threaten peo…
 
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, not many Australians could tell you who the state’s Chief Health Officer was. In this episode we talk to Professor Brett Sutton, the Chief Health Officer of Victoria, who in the last two years has become one of the most recognisable figures in Australian public health. We ask Professor Sutton about how the Victorian …
 
One thing we know about the COVID-19 pandemic is that not one state or organisation was adequately prepared for a health crisis of this scale. So, what have we learnt in the last two years about pandemic preparedness? How can states and global health organisations put in place the capacities to respond quickly to a fast-moving threat, and to cooper…
 
The latest episode in our Indo-Pacific Health Leaders series features Dr Karma Lhazeen, Director of the Department of Medical Services at the Ministry of Health in the Kingdom of Bhutan in conversation with Ambassador Stephanie Williams. Dr Lhazeen is a tropical medicine specialist, working as a malaria control program manger before becoming chief …
 
Welcome to Contain This, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, an initiative of the Australian Government housed at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. We are proud to present our Annual Ruth Bishop Lecture, with Dr Sarthak Das APLMA. Dr Sarthak Das is the Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria…
 
Welcome to Contain This brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Center for Health Security, an initiative of the Australian Government housed at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Today's episode is hosted by Francette Dusan, Senior Advisor at the Center. In today's episode, Francette speaks to Dr. Ari Probandari and Dr. Virginia Wiseman, from…
 
Welcome to Contain This, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, an initiative of the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. As we mark World AIDS Day on December 1, we bring you the story of one of our projects. The ACTUP-PNG project is founded on a long-term partnership with affected communities. I…
 
Welcome to Contain This, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, an initiative of the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This episode is hosted by Francette Dusan, Senior Advisor at the Centre. In today's episode, Francette speaks to members of the WISH Fiji Project Team. She is joined by the Chi…
 
Welcome to Contain This, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, an initiative of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This episode is hosted by Francette Dusan, Senior Advisor at the Centre. In today’s episode, we speak to Dr Thu Anh Nguyen. Dr Thu Anh Nguyen is an infectious diseases and public health res…
 
SARS has a mortality rate of 20-30 times of COVID. For the next pandemic what will we do? Head of the Centre Robin Davies talks with Richard Hatchett from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) about the work they are doing with the support of Australia and other countries to invest in research, production and distribution of va…
 
“Preparedness is always better than response.” Indonesia is currently suffering another wave of COVID-19, in addition to 10 other major infectious diseases. In this episode we talk with Eka Wulan Cahyasari from the Indonesian Red Cross Society about how, with the support of the Centre, they are drawing upon existing pandemic preparedness tools and …
 
How can we build community resilience in the face of both natural and man-made disasters that impact on our water and sanitation systems, our environment, and some of the world’s deadliest waterbourne diseases? Community-led watershed interventions can both reduce water-related disease risks and improve downstream ecosystem conditions supporting th…
 
Welcome back to Contain This. This is Episode 3, Season 2, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security. Today, we bring you an Indo-Pacific Health Leaders interview hosted by Australian Ambassador for Regional Health Security, Dr Stephanie Williams. Indonesia, a close neighbor of Australia has been hit hard with COVID-19 since the…
 
Welcome back to Contain This. This is Episode 2, Season 2, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security. Today we bring you an Indo-Pacific Health Leaders interview hosted by Australian Ambassador for Regional Health Security, Dr Stephanie Williams, that looks at the global effort to fight Covid-19 whilst not losing any of the prog…
 
Welcome to Season 2 of Contain This and Episode 29. This week we discuss an essential step in the journey of the COVID-19 vaccine. We bring you insights on how the experts at Papua New Guinea’s Pharmaceutical Services Standards Branch were supported to assess the safety and efficacy of COVUD-19 vaccines in the last few months prior to the first dos…
 
Welcome to Episode 28 of Contain This, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security. This week we bring you insights on the World Mosquito Program's Wolbachia method as a means of helping communities around the world prevent the spread of mosquito borne-disease. In this episode we were delighted to speak with Professor Scott O'Neil…
 
Welcome to Episode 27 of Contain This, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security. This week we bring you a special episode on the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in the Pacific Region, brought to you by two podcasts - Contain This, and Vosa, supported by the World Bank in the Pacific and Papua New Guinea. This episode is hosted by regu…
 
Welcome to Episode 26 of Contain This, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security. This week, we're bringing you insights from the introduction of COVID-19 Vaccines, how they were developed, what it means for vaccines to be safe, and how they will be rolled out in the South Pacific and in particular, Fiji. In this episode, we wer…
 
Welcome to Episode 25 of Contain This, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security. This week, we're bringing you the highlights from a special joint event held here at the Indo-Pacific Center for Health Security, and the Washington based Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission, on strengthening US Health Securit…
 
This is Episode 24 of Contain This, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security. This episode is hosted by Damian Facciolo, an Adviser and workforce development specialist from the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security at Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In this episode, Damian speaks with epidemiologists Ha-…
 
This is Episode 23 of Contain This, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security and is hosted by Australia’s Ambassador for Regional Health Security, Dr Stephanie Williams. In this installment of the Indo-Pacific Health Leaders Series, Stephanie speaks with Dr Bouaphanh Khamphaphongphane on the Lao response to COVID-19 response. D…
 
Welcome back to Contain This. We hope that you had a safe and restful holiday period and are looking forward to bringing you more insightful discussions. This is Episode 22 of Contain This, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security is hosted by Australian Ambassador for Regional Health Security, Dr Stephanie Williams. Today, we …
 
Welcome to Episode 21 of Contain This, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, hosted by Head of Centre, Robin Davies. Our Centre is based in Canberra on Ngunnawal land, and we work with partner governments in Southeast Asia and the Pacific to anticipate, avert and arrest infectious disease threats. Part of the way we do this…
 
Welcome to the second episode in our series exploring issues related to COVID-19 vaccines in our region, as we plan Australia's $500 million Regional Vaccine Access and Health Security Initiative. In the week before the Global Health Security Agenda Ministerial Meetings in November this year, the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security hosted a sid…
 
Welcome to episode 20 of Contain This, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security. This episode is hosted by Camilla Burkot, a senior adviser with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Vaccine Access Taskforce, which will oversee the Australian Government’s recently announced Regional Vaccine Access and Health Security In…
 
Welcome to Episode 19 of Contain This, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, hosted by Head of Centre Robin Davies. Today on the show Robin talks to Dr David Nabarro, a British medical doctor who has been at the forefront of international organisations as a special adviser to the United Nations and the World Health Organiza…
 
Welcome to Episode 18 of Contain This, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, hosted by Dr Lara Andrews. Today on the show, Lara speaks to Gillian McKay and Matelita Seva-Cadravula, on the topic of sexual and reproductive health and rights during a health emergency. For more information about the Indo-Pacific Centre for Heal…
 
Welcome to the third episode of our Indo-Pacific Health Leaders Series. Today, Australian Ambassador for Regional Health Security Dr Stephanie Williams speaks to Dr Josephine Herman, Secretary of Health in the Cook Islands. Dr Josephine is a physician who holds a Masters in Public Health, a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a PhD in Epidemi…
 
This week Dr Lara Andrews, Acting Director at the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security talks to Dr Roopa Dhatt, Executive Director of Women in Global Health. Roopa served as the President of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations and is now a practicing primary care physician in Washington D.C. In this episode, Roopa talk…
 
Today on the show, we have Aalisha Sahu Khan and Professor Patrick Reading. Aalisha is the Head of Health Protection at the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services, where she oversees a broad portfolio that includes environmental health, health emergencies and climate change and communicable disease control. Patrick is a scientist and educator…
 
Welcome to the second insightful episode of our special Indo-Pacific Health Leaders series, where Ambassador for Regional Health Security, Dr Stephanie Williams, talks to the new Secretary for Australia's Department of Health, Dr. Brendan Murphy. They discuss his leadership and the challenges during the early outbreak of COVID-19 in Australia durin…
 
This week we launch a special series where Australia’s Ambassador for Regional Health Security, Dr Stephanie Williams, interviews leaders in the Pacific and Southeast Asia about how they have faced being a leader and health challenges during the current COVID-19 crisis. These frank conversations begin with Dr Takeshi Kasai, the Regional Director fo…
 
In this week’s episode we discuss Vietnam’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and antimicrobial drug resistance with Dr Guy Thwaites, Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit and Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Program in Vietnam, Dr Thu Anh Nguyen, Country Director, Woolcock Institute and Clinical Senior Lecturer at University of Syd…
 
In this episode we talk to Dr Leanne Robinson and Dr Moses Laman and discuss the emergence of drug resistant malaria in PNG, and the work they are involved in through the STRIVE PNG project; a project that builds on decades of close working ties between PNG and Australian scientists, and an initiative that the Indo Pacific Centre for Health Securit…
 
Welcome to Episode #10 of Contain This, brought to you by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security and hosted by Adam Craig. On the episode we have Elizabeth Iro - Chief Nursing Officer, World Health Organisation and Michele Rumsey - Director, World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Health Development at Universit…
 
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