Tropical health and research

The Northern Territory (NT) is well placed in developing world-leading health research and disaster preparedness across the Asia-Pacific region.

The NT has world-class research capabilities in tropical health and research, led by the Menzies School of Health Research, which researches tropical conditions of major public health importance, such as:

  • malaria
  • tuberculosis
  • melioidosis
  • staphylococcal and streptococcal disease
  • rheumatic heart disease
  • pneumococcal disease
  • influenza
  • hepatitis B. 

In January 2018, the Australian Government funded 13 medical researchers and projects tackling critical health issues in northern Australia in a Menzies-led program.

The research program is focused on addressing tropical health issues such as malaria, skin health, chronic disease, anti-microbial resistance and respiratory health.

Located in the Menzies facility is RHDAustralia, the Australian Government’s national coordination unit that aims to control rheumatic heart disease in Australia.

In addition, Darwin is home to Australia’s National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC).

The Australian Government funded NCCTRC has an international reputation for excellence in health training and disaster preparedness and collaborates with the World Health Organization to mentor and share its knowledge globally.

It conducts state-of-the-art research into trauma management and disaster preparedness and response, incorporating its findings into deployment practices through the Australian medical assistance team training.

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