Dieter Bulach co-CI on NHMRC project investigating sources of Campylobacter in Australia

Funded in 2016, this three-year NHMRC partnership grant is led out of ANU by Assoc Prof Martyn Kirk, with collaborators from public agencies and institutions around Australia and New Zealand.


Campylobacter is a key cause of food-borne disease globally, with Australian rates of reported illness amongst the highest in the world. Critical elements of successful control programs overseas have included collaborative sharing of information among stakeholders, development of innovative genomic and epidemiological methods, and use of this information to develop interventions to reduce the incidence of illness. This collaborative project seeks to harness rapid advances in genomics, epidemiology and mathematical modelling to identify risks and reduce human illnesses from Campylobacter in Australia.

CIA: Martyn Kirk (ANU)

CIB: Kathryn Glass (ANU)

CIC: Nigel French (Massey)

CID: Mary Valcanis (Unimelb: Doherty/MDU)

CIE: Dieter Bulach (Unimelb: Melbourne Bioinformatics/Doherty)

CIF: Emily Fearnley (ANU)

CIG: Craig Shadbolt (NSW Food Authority)

CIH: Russell Stafford (Queensland Department of Health)

CII: John Bates (Queensland Department of Health)

CIJ: Mark Stevenson (Unimelb: Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences) 


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First Funding Year



NHMRC Partnership Project

Project Title:

Understanding the sources of Campylobacter in Australia

Funding Period:

3 Years

Funds Awarded:


Administering Institution and its first named Chief Investigator (CI):

Institution: Australian National University

CI: Assoc Prof Martyn Kirk


Participating Institutions(s) and its/their first named Chief Investigator



Professor Nigel French

Massey University NZ

Mary Valcanis

The University of Melbourne

Dr Craig Shadbolt

NSW Food Authority

Dr Russell Stafford

Queensland Department of Health

Other Participating Institutions not contributing Chief Investigator

Hunter New England Health

NSW Ministry of Health

Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Commonwealth Department of Health