The Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Mark Butler, will open the 11th Social Research Conference on HIV, hepatitis C and related diseases at the University of New South Wales this week (8-9 April).
Research to prevent falls in older people and to combat hepatitis C infection are among the big winners in a new round of health funding.
Every dollar spent on needle and syringe programs saves four dollars by preventing life-threatening infections, according to UNSW research.
The spread of hepatitis C has halved over the past decade, while chlamydia continues to rise, according to research released by UNSW's National HIV Research Centres.
Up to 70 percent of hepatitis C patients could be cured if they seek early treatment, an international study coordinated by UNSW researchers has found.
UNSW has been awarded the largest Australian grant in its history, receiving $17.7 million in funding to advance understanding of HIV and hepatitis C.