COVID-19 Update

Mar 18 2020

Institute Director, Professor Tom Walley, addresses the impact of COVID-19 at HMRI and how we're responding to this ever-developing situation.

The health and wellbeing  of our community is at the heart of all we do at HMRI.

We, along with everyone else, are monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19 in our immediate and wider community.  We are following the advice of NSW Health and the Department of Health and taking steps to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus. 

We encourage you, our research teams, our supporters and community to be extra vigilant in your own personal hygiene and social distancing and follow the official advice.  The measures suggested are sensible precautions, and are in line with advice from our leading researchers.

We are assessing all upcoming HMRI events and activities and, where possible making them online, and in others cases where personal contact is essential we are cancelling or postponing them.  As such, we took the decision yesterday to cancel our upcoming Annual Ball for 2020. 

Meanwhile, our HMRI researchers are working hard to address the many issues that this pandemic presents, including:

  • anti-viral treatment options
  • early diagnosis
  • interventions to support vulnerable people; and
  • vital public health data collection to inform advice for our community

At this time we stand united, with our community, to work together and keep you informed.  Please visit our Coronavirus webpage regularly.

Thank you for your understanding, your ongoing support for HMRI and our important work. 


For up to date information and advice about the current COVID-19 situation please visit the Australian Government Department of HealthNSW Health and World Health Organisation websites.

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