The Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney is a leading global infectious disease research institute, recognised for its excellence in HIV research. We have a long-standing commitment to strengthening HIV research capacity in the Asia-Pacific region. The CHART Program is an initiative proposed by the late Professor David Cooper, founding director of the Kirby Institute.
What is the CHART Program?
The CHART Program is an education and training initiative that aims to expand the number of skilled and experienced HIV researchers in the Asia-Pacific region, at the same time as addressing local HIV priorities.
The CHART Program will operate over 12 months through a ‘learning by doing’ model that includes three intensive skill-based workshops (6 days each) conducted at the Kirby institute, UNSW Sydney, with individual research projects conducted in home countries.
Successful applicants will be provided with hands-on mentoring both during the workshops, and when they return to their country. As part of the program, participants will prepare reports for national policy makers, and research manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Participants will acquire the knowledge and skills that will prepare them to undertake research projects in their home countries. At the same time, they will generate new knowledge specific to their own countries that will ensure the best scientific evidence underpins regional HIV policy and practice.
Who can apply?
The CHART Program is aimed at healthcare professionals who have an interest in HIV-related research, from one of the listed Asia-Pacific countries below. To be eligible, you must be:
- Directly involved in HIV prevention, care or management; or
- Working within the Ministry of Health at a national or provincial level with responsibility for HIV related policy development; or
- University academics working in public health or clinical research with involvement in HIV research.
Eligible Asia-Pacific countries: Cambodia; China; Fiji; Hong Kong SAR, China; Indonesia; Japan; Lao PDR; Mongolia; Myanmar; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Solomon Islands; Taiwan; Thailand; Timor-Leste; Papua New Guinea; and Vietnam.
CHART key dates for 2019/2020
- Open 1 March 2019 and close 30 April 2019 (please note this deadline has been extended from 22 April 2019)
- Workshop # 1: 19 August – 24 August 2019
- Workshop # 2: 26 August – 31 August 2019
- Workshop # 3: 30 March – 04 April 2020
How to apply
Simply download and complete the application form, and return a digital copy to Liza Doyle via her contact information below.
CHART Program 2019
The first two out of three workshops have been completed of the inaugural CHART Program.
There were nine participants from Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines and South Korea. MJ, a primary care physician from the Philippines and partcipant, tells us what he's enjoyed most from the workshops.
Acknowledgements: The CHART Program is supported by an unconditional education grant from ViiV Healthcare and conducted in partnership with TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, hosted at the World Health Organization.