UNSW has won funding to establish three new Centres of Excellence to drive research into the treatment of traumatic brain injuries, immunising at risk populations, and e-Health.
Three UNSW research teams have received fast-tracked funding to study the evolving threat of swine flu.
UNSW will train the next generation of the state's frontline public health officers, following a partnership with NSW Health.
With the swine flu pandemic now declared, a new UNSW study will assess how prepared Australia really is.
Face masks are a cheap, effective public health "frontline" against epidemics such as swine flu, UNSW infectious disease expert Professor Raina MacIntyre says.
Donning a mask boosts protection from respiratory illnesses such as influenza, UNSW research has found, but convincing a reluctant public is proving a struggle.