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Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security

The Australian Government's Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security launched by the Minister for Foreign Affairs on 8 October 2017, contributes to the avoidance and containment of infectious disease threats with the potential to cause social and economic harms on a national, regional or global scale.

Australia is well placed to help countries deal with these threats. We have world-class domestic systems for disease surveillance and control in human and animal health and a strong track record of cooperation with the countries of the Indo-Pacific on social and economic development, including primary health care and livestock management.

With funding of AU$300 million from 2017, the Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific Region (HSI) aims to inform evidence-based planning, help prevent avoidable epidemics, strengthen early detection capacity, and support rapid, effective national and international outbreak responses. It does this by accelerating research on new drugs and diagnostics, expanding partnerships at the national, regional and global level to strengthen human and animal health systems, and deepening people-to-people linkages that build national and regional health security capacity. Funding for the initiative is drawn from Australia's international development assistance program and applied to activities eligible to be classified as Official Development Assistance.

The Centre is currently at the forefront of Australia’s international COVID-19 response.

Most of the HSI’s grant projects were able to pivot their existing activities to include a response to COVID-19, with the highest number of regional adaptations in laboratory strengthening, surveillance, modelling and emergency response training activities.

At a global level, Australia provided additional funding to international response mechanisms through grants to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, FIND, the global alliance for diagnostics, the World Health Organization’s Pacific Action Plan for COVID-19 Preparedness and Response. The Centre was already funding the World Bank’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility and WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme and Contingency Fund for Emergencies.

The Australian Government committed to supporting access to effective COVID-19 vaccines for the Pacific and Southeast Asia, as part of a shared recovery for our region from the pandemic, on 31 October 2020.

The AU$523 million Vaccine Access and Health Security Initiative includes sharing doses with Australia’s vaccine supply line, procuring doses through Australia’s agreement with UNICEF and end-to-end support for national vaccine rollout plans.

It complements our support for global efforts to help the region to access vaccines, including through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment and the Quad Vaccine Initiative which brings Australia together with India, the United States and Japan.

The Initiatives are led by Australia's Ambassador for Regional Health Security. The Centre, located in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, brings together expertise from relevant Australian government agencies and is advised by a distinguished Technical Reference Group.

Related links

Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security website

Related documents

Name of document Year published Type
Health Security Initiative Mid-Term Progress Report 2017-2019 2021 Mid Term Progress Report and Management Response
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