Indigenous and First People’s Health 2019-01-25T17:00:53+11:00


Indigenous Health and Indigeneity

The Alliance prioritises the health of Australia’s indigenous people and aims to help close the gap between their health outcomes and those of the wider population.


Open Letter to World Health Organisation Director General

Image: Joel Liddle, senior research officer with the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute based at Alice Springs hospital, processes samples for HTLV-1 testing. Photograph: Anna Cadden for the Guardian

From The Lancet: Australia tackles HTLV-1 (pdf)

From The Sexual Health Society of Queensland: The Sexual Health Society of Queensland’s Submission to the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee inquiry on the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018 (pdf)

From Australian Government Department of Health: Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections

From The Guardian: HTLV-1: major study needed into fatal virus in Indigenous communities

From Imperial College London: Podcast – Cancer-causing virus, feeding the world and updating The Planets

From The Koz Telegram: Scientists: Cancer is an incurable virus is killing people around the world

From PMLiVE: FDA clears Kyowa Kirin’s skin lymphoma therapy Poteligeo

From Particle: Cancer-causing HTLV-1 virus is common in parts of Australia

From Northern Territory Sexual Health Advisory Group (SHAG): HTLV-1 literature review (pdf)

From Northern Territory Government, Centre for Disease Control: HTLV Health Practitioner Fact Sheet (doc)

From Tech Explorist: Cancer-causing virus HLTV-1 changes DNA loops, affecting thousands of genes

From the National Indigenous Times:  Deadly virus sparks meeting in Alice

From Medical Xpress: Virologists call for worldwide effort to eradicate HTLV-1 virus

From The Guardian: Aboriginal groups cautiously welcome Coalition’s $8m pledge to fight HTLV-1

From Xinhua News: Australian taskforce set up to deal with mystery virus in Aboriginal communities

From ABC News Online: Ancient HTLV-1 virus affecting millions to receive ‘rapid action’, Health Minister Greg Hunt signals

From Science Magazine: Scientists are declaring war against a leukemia-causing virus that has infected millions

From the National Indigenous Times: Govt, scientists round on deadly outback virus

From Medical Xpress: Researchers make key discovery about human cancer virus protein

From CTV News: HTLV-1: Why doctors are worried about a virus you’ve likely never heard of

From ABC News Online: WHO urged to act to eliminate ancient virus HTLV-1 found in Australia

From The Lancet: Time to eradicate HTLV-1: an open letter to WHO

From HTLV Aware: Time to eradicate HTLV-1: an open letter to WHO, by Global Virus Network (GVN) Scientists & Activists

From CNN: An emotional call to eradicate ancient cousin of HIV

From The Guardian: What is HTLV-1? The devastating health crisis afflicting central Australia

From the US National Library of Medicine: Human T-Lymphotropic Virus type 1c subtype proviral loads, chronic lung disease and survival in a prospective cohort of Indigenous Australians

From Scielo: Clinical and laboratory features of HTLV-I asymptomatic carriers and patients with HTLV-I-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis from the Brazilian Amazon

From the US National Library of Medicine: The Exceptional Oncogenicity of HTLV-1

From MDPI: HTLV-1, the Other Pathogenic Yet Neglected Human Retrovirus: From Transmission to Therapeutic Treatment (pdf)

From the National Toxicology Program: Scientific Review of Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus Type 1 (HTLV–1)

From the National Toxicology Program: Report on Carcinogens (RoC) Concept: Selected Viruses (pdf)

From the Australian Red Cross: Fact Sheet -I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HTLV (pdf)

From the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute: HTLV-1 Community Survey

From the US National Library of Medicine: The discovery of HTLV-1, the first pathogenic human retrovirus

From the US National Library of Medicine: Epidemiological Aspects and World Distribution of HTLV-1 Infection

From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Epidemiology of Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus Type 1 Infection in Blood Donors, Israel

From The National Centre for Human Retrovirology: Basic information regarding HTLV-1

From The Lancet: Human T-lymphotropic virus 1: recent knowledge about an ancient infection

MEDIA RELEASE | Australia contributes $266 million to the Global Fund

September 22nd, 2022|


22 September 2022

Pacific Friends of Global Health welcomes Australia’s commitment  of AU$266 million over three years to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at its pledging meeting […]

RESOURCE: Guidance on safely hosting in-person events during peak COVID-19 transmission periods

July 22nd, 2022|

Guidance on safely hosting in-person events during peak COVID-19 transmission periods


The Australian Global Health Alliance acknowledges the value and importance of interacting in-person for the continuation of some of our […]

MEDIA RELEASE | A child dies of malaria every minute: Urgent investment in Pacific needed on World Malaria Day

April 25th, 2022|


25 April 2022

Pacific Friends of Global Health is calling on the next federal government to urgently invest in the battle to fight malaria in the Pacific and South East Asia, […]

MEDIA RELEASE | Brendan Crabb: Australia’s $85 million commitment to COVAX welcomed

April 11th, 2022|

Saturday 9 April 2022

End COVID For All and Pacific Friends of Global Health have commended the Australian Government’s pledge of $85 million and at least 10 million COVID vaccine doses to the COVAX […]

Federal Budget 2022-23: global health analysis

March 30th, 2022|

The Australian Global Health Alliance welcomes increased investment in overseas aid to address immediate COVID-19 and other global health challenges, and calls for a focus on health equity within a longer term vision to meet […]

MEDIA RELEASE: Aid increase welcome, but must go further to address growing global health challenges

March 30th, 2022|

Wednesday 30 March 2022

The Australian Global Health Alliance welcomes increased investment in overseas aid to address the immediate COVID-19 crisis and other global health battles, and calls for a focus on health equity […]

MEDIA RELEASE: Funding for global health efforts welcome, but further commitment desperately needed

March 30th, 2022|

The Commonwealth’s decision to allocate additional funds to global COVID-19 vaccination and broader health efforts has been welcomed by the Pacific Friends of Global Health.

Pacific Friends of Global Health Federal Pre-Budget Submission

January 31st, 2022|

The below document outline a series of recommendations, on behalf of Pacific Friends of Global Health, for the upcoming 2022-23 Federal Budget.

Open Letter to Prime Minister on Global Vaccine Equity

December 2nd, 2021|

Dear Prime Minister,
We write to you out of our grave concern regarding the state of global vaccine inequity, and the opportunity we believe Australia has to help address this vital
issue affecting us all….DOWNLOAD PDF […]

MEDIA RELEASE: Health, business and aid leaders call on PM to ramp up global vax efforts amid Omicron warning shot

December 2nd, 2021|

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Australia’s leading epidemiologists, global health, business, development and aid organisations have united to call on the Federal Government to urgently ramp up its global vaccination efforts following the emergence […]

MMV joins Alliance as new Bronze Sponsor

November 9th, 2021|

9 November 2021: The Australian Global Health Alliance is pleased to announce Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) as a new Bronze Sponsor.

Medicines for […]

Vaccinate the world before virus mutates

October 13th, 2021|

Original post appeared on the Burnet Institute website.

The Australian Government is being urged to commit to further action to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in poor […]

Gavi, Unitaid and the Global Fund welcome WHO recommendation for world’s first malaria vaccine

October 7th, 2021|

06 October 2021

  • WHO recommendation for wider use of the RTS,S malaria vaccine is largely based on data gathered during malaria vaccine pilots which took place in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi
  • Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, […]

MEDIA RELEASE: A regional COVID response needs more from Australia

September 23rd, 2021|


Media Release | 23 September 2021

Pacific Friends of Global Health welcomes the news that the Australian Government has pledged an additional […]

Global Fund Results Report Reveals COVID-19 Devastating Impact on HIV, TB and Malaria Programs

September 8th, 2021|

GENEVA – The COVID-19 pandemic had a devastating impact on the fight against HIV, TB and malaria in 2020, according to a new report released by the Global Fund today. The Results Report shows that […]


August 21st, 2021|

The Australian Global Health Alliance holds grave concerns for the health and wellbeing of all Afghan people in light of recent events, particularly for the health, safety and rights of women and girls.

Despite long-term conflict, […]

World Hepatitis Day 2021: Unitaid paving the way for hepatitis C elimination

July 28th, 2021|

Unitaid has invested more than US$ 45 million into hepatitis C since 2015, driving the development of better and more affordable tools and demonstrating that it is possible to reach – and cure – people […]

Innovative agreement launches affordable, optimal second-line HIV treatment in low- and middle-income countries

July 26th, 2021|

  • Unitaid and the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) announce pricing agreement with pharmaceutical company Hetero Labs LTD to make available generic version […]

COVAX and World Bank to Accelerate Vaccine Access for Developing Countries

July 26th, 2021|

New mechanism builds on Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) cost-sharing arrangement

Washington DC / Geneva, 26 July […]

FIND and Unitaid invest to support technology transfer and boost local production of COVID-19 rapid tests in low- and middle-income countries

July 15th, 2021|

    • Technology transfer agreements signed to enable expanded production of high-quality antigen rapid tests in Africa and Latin America
    • Agreements signed with DCN […]

Global Fund Applauds Switzerland’s Leadership in The Global Fight Against COVID-19

July 14th, 2021|

14 July 2021

GENEVA – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria praised the decision by the Swiss Federal Council to make available CHF300 million to the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator – a […]

New Partnership launched to accelerate elimination of relapsing P. vivax malaria that poses a risk to an estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide

July 14th, 2021|

  • The Partnership for Vivax Elimination (PAVE) will support endemic countries in achieving their Plasmodium vivax (P. vivax) malaria elimination goals.
  • […]

Gavi signs agreements with Sinopharm and Sinovac for immediate supply to COVAX

July 12th, 2021|

  • The signed advance purchase agreements will make doses available to COVAX starting from July to help address […]

Unitaid statement on WHO recommendations for tocilizumab and sarilumab

July 7th, 2021|

Geneva, 7 July 2021 – Unitaid welcomes new recommendations released by the World Health Organisation for the clinical care package for patients with severe or critical […]

Joint COVAX Statement on the equal recognition of vaccines

July 1st, 2021|

Geneva/New York/Oslo, 1 July 2021 – COVAX was built on the principle of equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines to […]

6 million children benefitting from the first ever multi-antigen vaccination campaign

July 1st, 2021|

Harare, 1 July 2021 – UNICEF, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and WHO have partnered with the Ministry of Health and Child Care to launch a new vaccine campaign introducing typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) into the routine […]

ANNOUNCEMENT: New Alliance Chair, Professor Brendan Crabb AC

July 1st, 2021|

1 July 2021, Melbourne: The Australian Global Health Alliance has today announced Professor Brendan Crabb AC as its incoming Chair.

The Australian Global Health Alliance is Australia’s pre-eminent peak body for global health organisations and […]

Gavi signs agreement with Clover Biopharmaceuticals for supply to COVAX

June 30th, 2021|