118072 - Threats Beyond Borders
- : Online
In early 2017, the AMA called on the Government to make Australia a world leader in science, medicine, and research by establishing an Australian Centre for Disease Control (CDC). The AMA Position Statement on an Australian Centre for Disease Control (CDC) said that there are emerging problems in controlling communicable diseases within Australia's borders, and a CDC would provide a national focus on current and emerging communicable disease threats. Diseases and health threats, and the capacity to conduct national responses, must be undertaken by an appropriately funded and staffed CDC.
Threats Beyond Borders is an interactive panel discussion on potential infectious diseases and threats, the role of a national Centre for disease Control (CDC), current approaches to infectious disease threats, and how Australia would manage communicable threats that cross our borders.
The evidence gather by the AMA highlights the importance of Australia playing a global role in combating infectious diseases and potential threats by establishing a national CDC. There are emerging problems of controlling communicable diseases within Australia’s borders, and a CDC is urgently needed to have a national focus on current and emerging communicable disease threats. The prevention of epidemics, pandemics, and other threats, and the capacity to conduct national responses, is best undertaken by an appropriately funded and staffed CDC.
Australia is the only country in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that does not have an established national authority delivering scientific research and leadership in communicable disease control. The CDC’s role would be to engage in global health surveillance, health security, epidemiology, and research.