Northern Queensland is a ‘health security hotspot’ for Australia due to its connection via the Torres Strait to islands and countries in the north (Australia’s only international border).
The region’s health system is at the front line of disease incursions occurring through the Indo-Papuan corridor into the Torres Strait. Regional health services respond to both locally acquired tropical infections and those imported from Australia’s near neighbours. The region’s health services manage these threats through a combination of prevention, surveillance and response measures.
TAAHC researchers are developing diagnostics, vaccines, therapies, treatment protocols and surveillance mechanisms to treat and prevent the infectious disease burden in northern Queensland.