Research, especially in health fields, requires robust global networks

A Coalition to Buttress PNGIMR

Research, especially in health fields, requires robust global networks. Buttresses are a structure that supports a building and roots that give trees strength and nourishment. Buttresses are designed to help; they do not take away from the integrity of the buildings and trees they assist.

Formed in 1999, the Buttressing Coalition is a platform for partners and friends of PNG Institute of Medical Research to support the institute in all areas relevant to its responsibilities to conduct public health and medical research for the benefit of people in Papua New Guinea and internationally.

Buttressing Coalition Fund

The Buttressing Coalition introduced membership fees in September 2019. These fees make up a Fund for the development of the institute administered by the University of New South Wales. Australia’s Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security committed to contribute to the Fund for three years, from 2020 to 2022.

Seven Institutional Members contributed to the fund in 2020:

  • Burnet Institute, Melbourne
  • James Cook University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Swiss Tropical Public Health Institute
  • Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne
  • Wesfarmers Centre for Vaccines and Infectious Disease (Telethon Kids Institute, Perth)

Buttressing Coalition Fund Projects in 2020

Thanks to the generous contributions of the Buttressing Coalition members and the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security, PNGIMR made significant infrastructure improvements and supported our early career researchers. Highlights included renovation of the administration and project building in Port Moresby, major upgrades of IT services in the Goroka headquarters and improved reliability of electrical power supply in the Yagaum facility outside of Madang.


The Buttressing Coalition is governed by Professor William Pomat (Director, PNGIMR) and Co-chair Professor John Kaldor (Program Head, Kirby Institute). An Executive Committee meets quarterly to oversee the use of the Fund and to identify other strategies to support PNGIMR. Members of the Executive Committee in 2020 were

  • Prof Bernard Crabb, Burnet Institute
  • Dr Manuel Hetzel, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
  • A/Prof Angela Kelly-Hanku, PNGIMR and Kirby Institute UNSW Sydney
  • Prof Christopher King, Case Western Reserve University
  • Dr Moses Laman, PNGIMR
  • Prof Ivo Mueller, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
  • A/Prof Leanne Robinson, Burnet Institute and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute

Become a member

The Buttressing Coalition welcomes new members. It has four membership types:

    • Institutional members are institutes, schools, departments or other entities prepared to provide collaborative support to the PNGIMR. Institutional members pay an annual membership fee.
    • Individual members are colleagues who are or have been research collaborators of the PNGIMR or otherwise are committed to supporting the work of the PNGIMR. Individual members pay an annual membership fee.
    • Friends of PNGIMR are colleagues who want to be connected with PNGIMR and receive communication about the Institute and the Buttressing Coalition. Friends are not required to pay a membership fee.
    • Lifetime members are invited members whose significant contributions to PNGIMR are recognised through this membership.

Membership fees are waived for Papua New Guinean institutions and individuals. Email [email protected] for more information about membership.

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