The Asia-Pacific region is home to over 50 per cent of the world’s population and includes many who live in absolute poverty.

The burden from malnutrition and infectious diseases in poorly resourced communities remains unacceptably high, particularly amongst the most vulnerable such as pregnant women and young children.

In the Global and Tropical Health Division, we are committed to tackling key areas of public health concern, including malaria, tuberculosis, bacterial infections, and maternal and child health and nutrition.

With a focus on translational research (from bench top to bedside, evidence to policy, policy to practice), we shape our research program through close collaboration with a diverse range of healthcare providers, policy makers and researchers from countries across the Asia-Pacific region. Our aim is to find meaningful and relevant ways to improve the health of people in this region. 

  • Malaria

    Malaria

    Malaria is a major cause of death in the Asia-Pacific, infecting around 500 million people annually.

  • Melioidosis

    Melioidosis

    Melioidosis is a common cause of serious pneumonia and blood poisoning in the Northern Territory, Australia.

  • Rheumatic heart disease

    Rheumatic heart disease

    Is caused by one or more episodes of acute rheumatic fever that leave the heart valves so damaged that they can no longer function adequately.

  • Tuberculosis

    Tuberculosis

    Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s leading infectious causes of death, second only to HIV.

  • Women and children's nutrition

    Women and children's nutrition

    The 1000 days between conception and two years of age is a critical window of action, when good nutrition can have a profound effect.

  • Other tropical and emerging infectious diseases

    Other tropical and emerging infectious diseases

    Each year, millions of people die from infectious diseases and malnutrition.