Our Unit is built on infectious disease modelling, with major research themes spanning tuberculosis, emerging infections and a range of other infectious threats. In 2020 we rapidly pivoted to incorporate COVID-19 modelling in our work, providing insights to government and industry of the effectiveness of future interventions to reduce transmission.
During the last year, we worked closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Regional Office and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to support the response to COVID-19.
This complements our past work supporting countries of our region to fight the huge international burden of tuberculosis (TB), in collaboration with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the WHO. We now have continuing relationships with modellers and policy makers in the Philippines, Malaysia and elsewhere across the Asia-Pacific.
We also collaborate closely with academics from James Cook University, the Burnet Institute, the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney and many other institutions.
We’re expanding our activities in non-communicable and demographic modelling. Specific methodologies we employ include mathematics, dynamical systems analysis, software engineering, health economics, statistics, epidemiology and Bayesian inference.
Head of Unit
- Yayehirad Alemu Melsew
- Neal Smith