Issue 3
Monday, 27 March 2017
Charles Darwin University
Menzies School of Health Research Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan
Menzies School of Health Research Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan

Fellowships to improve health in tropics

By Paul Dale

Career fellowships will help five postdoctoral health professionals to improve health outcomes in Northern Australia and the Asia-Pacific, in a program led by Menzies School of Health Research.

The “Improving health outcomes in the tropical North” or “HOT NORTH” program aims to help close the gap in Indigenous health disadvantage, provide new evidence to combat tropical diseases, and prepare and protect the North from emerging infectious threats. 

Chief investigator, Menzies’ Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases team leader Professor Bart Currie said Central and Northern Australia were exciting and challenging places to work for many health professionals.

“By building the capacity of health professionals and scientists in Northern Australia over the next four years, we will see improvements in health outcomes not only for Australia, but also the Asia-Pacific region,’ Professor Currie said.

This year’s career fellowship recipients are: 

  • Dr Matthew Grigg from Menzies
  • Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan from Menzies 
  • Dr Karla Canuto from James Cook University
  • Dr Dagmar Meyer from JCU
  • Dr Timothy Barnett from Telethon Kids Institute. 

HOT NORTH is funded as part of the Australian Government’s Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Programme, derived from policies outlined in the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia.

Menzies is a participating institution, along with Charles Darwin University, Telethon Kids Institute, JCU, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Marie Bashir Institute, University of Sydney, Burnet Institute, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, and QIMR Berghofer.