Burnet is an Australian, unaligned, not-for-profit, independent organisation that links medical research with practical action, recognizing that solutions to many of the major global health problems require comprehensive and innovative public health responses. These include novel discoveries, such as the development of new vaccines and diagnostic tests, and the better use of existing best-practice health interventions.
More than 37 million people are living with HIV and millions more are affected by other infectious diseases. Burnet is playing its part in trying to improve the health of disadvantaged, poor or otherwise vulnerable communities.
What sets Burnet apart from other institutions is its unique blend of medical research and public health expertise. Burnet is the only accredited medical research institute in Australia to also hold accreditation as a non-government organisation (NGO).
In 2016, with more than 400 staff and students, and a budget exceeding $50 million annually, the vision of Burnet’s founding Director Professor Ian Gust AO and its supporters has been realised.