The Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA) is a unique collaboration among Queensland universities and research institutes, creating a wealth of tropical health and medical research expertise in the tropics. QTHA brings together, within one network, world-class researchers focussed on the common goal of reducing the burden of tropical diseases in Queensland and other tropical regions.
QTHA activities seek to:
- Improve detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of existing and emerging tropical diseases through research, commercialization and program support
- Reduce health risks associated with biosecurity and biohealth threats
- Improve health outcomes for tropical Australia, our regional neighbour the Asia-Pacific, and other tropical regions
- Enhance education and training of national and international health professionals and researchers
- Provide advice and advocacy for national and international health policy development.
QTHA was created in 2009 as a result of a successful application to the Queensland Smart State Innovation Building Fund with matching partner funds. The Alliance creates a collaborative framework for partners, facilitated by significant infrastructural investment. Benefits are visible already, with the completion of medical research facilities, an insectary, physical containment laboratories and high throughput molecular diagnosis and genotyping facility. Other initiatives - the acquisition of plant and equipment to extend the storage capacity of the Queensland Compound Library, a tropical health epidemiology laboratory, and a pre-clinical drug/vaccine imaging facility - will become available in the near future. These add to the already impressive research facilities at our partner institution sites.
All these initiatives create synergies for QTHA’s network of participating institutions, ensuring the continuing growth and quality of both laboratory-based, public health and cross-disciplinary programs. Together, QTHA partners comprise a world-class collaborative network searching for solutions to the immediate health issues of Queensland and the tropical zone.
I look forward to working with our partners - James Cook University, the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland – and with our collaborators and funders, to fulfil the ambitions of the QTHA and improve health outcomes for all in the tropics.