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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Premier opens world-leading tropical health research centre

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Friday, October 07, 2016

    Premier opens world-leading tropical health research centre

    TOWNSVILLE: Queensland has drawn a line in the sand in the battle against tropical diseases with the opening of a major tropical health research centre in Townsville today. 

    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today officially opened the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) at James Cook University in Townsville.

    The $31 million Townsville building is one of three AITHM facilities, with the Cairns facility also under construction and a third being built on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait.

    Ms Palaszczuk said the AITHM’s research was focused on re-emerging infectious diseases, vector-borne diseases, chronic diseases with high prevalence in tropical Australia and the development of new therapeutics.

    “Our scientists are at the forefront of world research into tropical diseases and this centre will ensure North Queensland is at the forefront of cutting edge research,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    Ms Palaszczuk said Queensland research had the potential to save millions of lives across the world.

    “Research at AITHM Townsville was crucial to finding ways to fight all these diseases the contribution AITHM scientists make to tackling tropical diseases, like malaria and dengue, could save millions of lives worldwide.

    The institute is also looking at how we improve health services for people living in rural, remote, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Pacific communities.

    And they will have a focus on our booming neighbours in Asia.

    “The Townsville facility will have a particular focus on the prevention and treatment of tropical diseases, such as dengue fever, Q fever, streptococcal infections, malaria and tuberculosis as well as peripheral artery disease,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    The Townsville facility will have a particular focus on the prevention and treatment of tropical diseases, such as dengue fever, Q fever, streptococcal infections, malaria and tuberculosis as well as peripheral artery disease.

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