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First published Tuesday 17 October 2023.


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Tamara Hunter
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About the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases:

The Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases at the Telethon Kids Institute was established in 2014 thanks to a four-year, $5 million grant from Wesfarmers Limited.

The Centre has become a national leader in its field, utilising international collaborations to prevent and improve the treatment of infectious diseases in children and adolescents.

Home to a world-class community of researchers working on a broad range of competitively funded and potentially ground-breaking projects, the success of the Centre has allowed it to continue to grow and become a global leader in children’s infectious diseases research.

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About Telethon Kids Institute

Telethon Kids Institute is one of the largest and most successful medical research institutes in Australia. We've created a bold blueprint that brings together community, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and funders, who share our vision to improve the health and wellbeing of children through excellence in research.

The Institute is headed by leading paediatrician and infectious diseases expert Professor Jonathan Carapetis, with Founding Director Professor Fiona Stanley now Patron.

Telethon Kids is independent and not-for-profit. The majority of funding comes from our success in winning national and international competitive research grants.  We also receive significant philanthropic support from corporate Australia and the community.