Experiencing PNG’s HIV epidemic: a far north Queensland perspective

Russell, Darren, and Gorton, Carla (2010) Experiencing PNG’s HIV epidemic: a far north Queensland perspective. HIV Australia, 8 (2). pp. 12-14.

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Abstract

[Extract] Many people in the south of Australia (wryly denoted by north Queenslanders as that area of the continent south of Mackay) would not be aware of Far North Queensland’s (FNQ) proximity to Papua New Guinea (PNG). The closest capital city to Cairns is in fact Port Moresby, which lies 827km to our north. Brisbane, on the other hand, lies 1,400km to the south. Business, tourism, education, shopping, and kinship trigger a constant flow of people to and from PNG, with the majority travelling via Cairns.

Cairns has the largest PNG expatriate population in Australia, estimated at more than 3,000 residents. Hundreds more PNG nationals commute to PNG job sites on a regular basis. Many Australian expatriates who live and work in PNG frequently travel to and from Cairns. This two-way travel is expected to increase significantly in the coming years, with a $US12 billion, 30-year Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project led by Exxon Mobil currently under development. This huge project will have a construction phase over the next four years, and 12,000 to 15,000 people will be employed; 1,250 of whom will be required as a permanent workforce. The Queensland Treasurer’s trade mission to PNG from 15 to 17 March was the largest trade mission ever undertaken by Trade Queensland, and is testament to the increasing importance of the PNG economy and resources to northern Australia.

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ISSN: 1446-0319
Date Deposited: 09 May 2011 05:18
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110324 Venereology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 100%
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