Indigenous Health and Indigeneity 2018-10-15T11:11:31+00:00


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

GLHAM’s response to the HTLV-1 epidemic

June 18th, 2018|

The recent activity by GLHAM in the HTLV-1 epidemic involved amplifying the impact of the letter to the WHO General Assembly through a strategic advocacy and media campaign. GLHAM also created an

Partnership principles for non-aboriginal organisations

May 3rd, 2018|

The Global Health Alliance Melbourne is proud to support and promote the partnerships principles that were developed by the Aboriginal Peak Organisation in the Northern Territory, which are designed to guide the development of a […]

Water, sanitation and hygiene in remote Indigenous Australia: A scan of priorities

July 15th, 2017|

From the University of Queensland and Water Aid: In remote Australian Indigenous communities, the “familiar story” of poor water, sanitation and hygiene-related health challenges continues – despite documentation of this situation during the past 30 years. […]

Uluru Statement from the heart

May 31st, 2017|

The following is a piece written by University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis.


Each month I circulate a short reflection on issues for the university, trying to capture […]

Media Release: Alliance accepts Aboriginal health challenge

May 9th, 2017|

From the Health Victoria website: A new organisation in Melbourne aims to tackle the health and social inequalities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. The Global Health Alliance Melbourne (GLHAM) hopes to capture Victoria’s health strengths and […]

Media Release: Global Health Champions in Melbourne Accept Global Challenges

March 23rd, 2017|

In 28 populations around the world, it’s been demonstrated that Indigenous people have poorer health and social outcomes in comparison with non-Indigenous peoples.

A new organisation in Melbourne aims to address this: the Global Health Alliance […]

Announcing the Local to Global Initiative

March 22nd, 2017|

Indigenous people have poor health and social outcomes in comparison with non-Indigenous peoples – therefore efforts to improve this will contribute directly to the eradication of poverty worldwide. GLHAM believes that strengthening networks between people […]