Health security in the Indo-Pacific region


The Australian Government’s Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific region, launched by the then Minister for Foreign Affairs in October 2017, is a 5-year initiative designed to strengthen health security in the Indo-Pacific region and support an Australian contribution to global health security.

The Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, which administers the Initiative, commissioned a report to assess the current state of health security in the Indo-Pacific region, with a particular focus on Southeast Asia and Pacific island countries. 

The report is divided into three main parts.

Part 1 provides an overview of health security in the region, including drivers of disease emergence, high-risk pathogens and the current burden of infectious diseases.

Part 2 summarises the most recent published information on health security preparedness, drawing on evidence from Joint External Evaluations (JEE), Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) evaluations, State Party annual self-assessments, reports of scoping missions commissioned by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, and other documents. 

Part 3 describes how health security can be improved, based on the information in Parts 1 and 2. Cross-cutting themes include gender, disability and climate change.

The report can be accessed here.


The Health Security in the Indo-Pacific: State of the Region 2019 report was launched at the Global Health Security Conference in June 2019 in Sydney.