AITHM James Cook University

Solomon Islands field trip April-May 2018

There was a large team of staff involved in the field work. Left to right. Back row: John Mansonia, Davis Newman, Allan Apairamo, Eddie Mae, John Gearheart, Henry Liufimae, Joseph Sara, Francis Sikwaae (holding Myles), Nathan Kama. Front row: Anna Teko, Julie Sikwaae, Melinda Tema, Charles Togapura and Tanya Russell.

Solomon Islands continued... 

SORT IT Workshop - Denpasar, Bali

1st March 2018

AITHM Tropical Partners working with the Fellows from Indonesia, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea.

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SORT IT Workshop - Denpasar, Bali

28th February 2018

The first Indonesian Workshop of the 'Capacity strengthening through research training program activities' is being held in Denpasar, Bali from Tuesday 27th February to Wednesday 7th March 2018. The Research Fellows from Indonesia, Timor Leste, and Papua New Guinea are undertaking the Workshop with the Tropical Partner Investigators Professor Maxine Whittaker, Dr Karen Carlisle, Dr David MacLaren and Mr Humpress Harrington.

Workshop 1 Bali

AITHM Tropical Partners research team delivering a workshop in Denpasar, Indonesia to build capacity and strengthen health systems.

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Tropical Partners attend the Solomon Islands Health Research Symposium

AITHM’s Tropical Partners team member, Dr David MacLaren in collaboration with the Atoifi Health Research Group’s Dr Michelle Redman-MacLaren, recently participated in the Solomon Islands Health Research Symposium in Honiara.

Dr MacLaren was engaged as a panel member for the special session discussing the Future of Health Research in Solomon Islands. Another special session provided an opportunity for six of the current Tropical Partner Sort-It fellows from the Solomon Islands to present their research projects to a national audience.

In addition to the special sessions, five Tropical Partner Sort-It fellows presented their projects as part of the main program of the symposium, alongside presentations by the Australian WEHI Malaria Team and many more.

 James Cook University (JCU) was co-host of the Symposium. On the final day Tropical Partners team members, in partnership with colleagues from the Atoifi Health Research Group (, facilitated a practical workshop on health research design and methodology for frontline health workers attending the Symposium.

There has already been a great amount of interest expressed by people wanting to participate in future training and workshops provided by the Tropical Partners in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

This research is funded through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s newly announced Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security.

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8 October 2017

Regional efforts to combat tuberculosis (TB) have been bolstered with a new research grant that will help minimise the spread of infectious disease in the Indo-Pacific.

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University (JCU) has been awarded a $1.8M research grant to work towards building tropical partnerships and strengthening health system responses to infectious disease in the Indo-Pacific.

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The second Workshop of the 'Capacity strengthening through research training program activities' was held in Suva, Fiji from Monday 25 – Thursday 28 September 2017 in the Hoodless House Conference Room, at the Fijian National University.

The Research Fellows undertook further implementation research training and continued to develop their research projects in consultations with their managers, the Tropical Partner Investigators, and their in-country mentor. Some very interesting research topics were presented by the Research Fellows.