Thursday Island - Torres Strait
AITHM has recently completed a $6.33M Clinical Research and Training facility on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait.
Funded by the Queensland State Government ($6.3M) and James Cook University ($300K), the site is adjacent to the Torres Strait Hospital and will enable research, training and community engagement in a site which is highly vulnerable to disease incursion and health security threats on Australia's northern border.
This new research capacity focuses on infectious disease such as tuberculosis, chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity, parasites and investigations into the mosquitoes that transmit dengue and Zika. In addition, the community space will provide an ideal platform for engagement and collaboration with the Torres Strait community and the hospital service to ensure translation of findings.
This building enables research in the field of tropical health and medicine and specifically investigates issues that are of concern to the Thursday Island communities. This research is key to improving the health and well-being for the people of Torres Strait. With support from the Queensland Government, AITHM and James Cook University has built this facility and is Australia’s most northern tropical health and medicine research laboratory.
The building was completed in 2017 and planning is underway for an official opening later this year.