Burnet Institute PNG

Established in 1986, internationally respected Burnet Institute has been working in PNG more than 15 years, utilising its unique combination of medical research and public health expertise to develop local partnerships that tackle major health issues, and run programs with at-risk communities.

Mary Winmay, vegetable seller at Kokopo Market, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Photo: H. DjoyobisonoThe only Australian medical institute with NGO accreditation, Burnet partners with government and non-government health agencies and regional research networks in PNG, focusing on substantial health needs like TB, HIV, alcohol and other drug use, sexual health, malaria, measles, birth dose vaccines, and maternal and child health.

Working alongside local partners, Burnet’s local and international experts aim to develop individual and institutional capacity in PNG to implement proven health solutions. Among many programs, Burnet is committed to addressing PNG's high maternal, newborn and child mortality rates through research and development – a number of which are run out of Kokopo.


Burnet's PNG head office is located in Kokopo, and another office in Daru. Kokopo is the capital of East New Britain Province and a highly desirable PNG location to live in, with crystal clear blue waters, and access to activities such as diving, bush-walking and fishing. With a population of 26,000 people, Kokopo features an amazing local market and a number of good supermarkets and shops. Daru is the capital of Western Province and has a population of approximately 13,000. A coastal township entirely located on an island at the mouth of the Fly River, it serves as the regional hub of trade and services and has a rich cultural life. 

Assistance requested

Burnet Institute PNG requires targeted assistance with a range of specific programs – particularly in capacity-building local counterparts in providing high quality health care, leadership mentoring, staff training, donor and stakeholder liaison, and strengthening governance, data management, supply chain and laboratory systems. 


Through the Australian Volunteers program, an Australian Government initiative, Burnet Institute's work in PNG has been supported to address some of PNG’s critical health problems, as underpinned by a strong understanding of the diversity and complexity of health programming in the Pacific's largest nation.