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The Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society was formed on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research (NCHECR). Named after former High Court judge Michael Kirby AC, The Kirby Institute now has a focus that extends beyond HIV research, and includes a range of other infectious diseases, notably viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections (STIs).
The Kirby Institute's primary functions relate to the co-ordination of national surveillance programs, clinical research, and clinical trials. Other functions include the training of health professionals, and input into the development and implementation of health policy and programs.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health program is one of the many programs The Kirby Institute manages. This program seeks to enhance the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in responding to STIs, HIV, and viral hepatitis through rigorous, ethical, timely, and culturally appropriate research.
Abstract adapted from The Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society
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The Australian Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander health program was established at the Kirby Institute in 2007, with an aim to close the gap in the health disparity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians. The key focus of the Institute's work is sexual health and blood borne viruses, working in collaboration with other key health sectors involved in substance use, offender health, and social and emotional wellbeing research.
This report outlines a number of projects being conducted by the Kirby Institute across Australia. Information for each project includes:
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract