Scientists from the Queensland Tropical Health Alliance (QTHA) have been told their research is crucial to the future of the mining sector.


Key speakers at the QTHA annual conference in Brisbane spoke of the links between health and mining.


Speaker Dr Gary Krieger, Principal at Newfields, explained that workers were often exposed to disease because of the remote, tropical locations of many mine sites.


"The role that scientists can play is to solve health problems of the mining and extractive industries workforce," Dr Krieger said.


"Respiratory diseases like Tuberculosis, and vector-borne diseases like malaria, are a major health issue in developing countries where many of these industries are and they need effective, efficient and accurate screening systems to recruit and maintain a healthy workforce", Dr Krieger said.


Dr Cherrell Hirst, Chair of the Board for QTHA, said connecting research and industry had led to very significant advances in medical research, particularly in Queensland.


"QTHA and its partners have a world-class collaborative network searching for solutions to immediate health issues of Queensland and the tropical zone," Dr Hirst said.


"The QTHA conference has highlighted Queensland research success stories - of scientists like Professor Ian Frazer and his journey to develop a vaccine against Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - and the challenges that face future medical research."


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