A new centre named after former High Court Justice and human rights advocate Michael Kirby has been established to address the interaction of human rights and health.
The Michael Kirby Centre for Public Health and Human Rights, which was opened in Melbourne over the weekend (29 August) by the head of UN-AIDS Michel Sidibe, is a collaboration of interdisciplinary scholars in the school of public health and preventative medicine at Monash University, created to consolidate and strengthen the existing capacities within the school.
Justice Kirby said the centre will have a particular interest on the impact of HIV/AIDS.
"It's going to be in part directed at the vulnerable communities in the frontline of the AIDS epidemic," Kirby told ABC News.
"That means men who have sex with men, injecting drug workers, sex workers, refugees, and other groups of that kind who are very vulnerable to the HIV virus."
The Centre, which includes lawyers, ethicists, medical practitioners, scientists and researchers, aims to conduct research that informs the development of public health policies and programs in which human rights standards are critically considered.
The Centre will also undertake teaching programs and make a practical contribution to the promotion of public health and human rights.