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September - Dual-Delivery
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This subject explores pandemic preparedness and response from a multidisciplinary perspective. Focusing on pandemic examples, including but not limited to: SARS, Zika, Swine and Avian Influenza, Ebola, HIV/AIDS and COVID-19, the subject provides students with an intersectoral framework through which to appraise a range of preparedness and response efforts across diverse global contexts. Students will learn how to conceptualise effective pandemic preparedness and response as stemming from the intersection of global systems including human and animal health, political, economic, cultural and environmental systems. A wide range of pandemic and country case studies are presented, with particular attention to equity and inclusion in terms of the diverse and specific needs of, and impacts on, varied populations. Applying an intersectional lens, the subject emphasises lessons learnt that can be translated into future and ongoing pandemic preparedness and responses, as well as highlighting unresolved issues.
This dual delivery subject will be delivered by a multidisciplinary team of experts from Australia and around the world. Topics covered include understanding intersectoral and One Health approaches, outbreak risk assessment and boosting the surge capacity of health systems including preparing and protecting the health work force and maintaining access to essential health services. The subject attends to the importance of community engagement, and communications issues in preparedness and response to pandemics. The utility of different data sources for planning and response, including scientific data, epidemiological data and health systems data is also addressed. Other key topics addressed in the subject are the social and economic impacts of non-pharmaceutical interventions, and the politics of developing and distributing treatments and vaccines for pandemics.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Apply an intersectoral approach to planning and evaluating pandemic preparedness and response, which considers human and animal health systems, political systems, economic systems and environmental systems;
- Evaluate the surge capacities of diverse health systems in responding to outbreaks of highly infectious diseases, so as to be able to plan and review requirements for enabling surge capacity, including for preparing and protecting health workers and other frontline responders, and launching appropriate testing strategies;
- Critically appraise different approaches to community engagement, equity and inclusion in pandemic preparedness so as to be able design inclusive planning and response processes;
- Differentiate the utility of different data sources for pandemic planning and response, and identify alternative strategies for informing planning and response in contexts where data is unavailable;
- Differentiate the political and economic implications of developing and deploying new pharmaceutical treatments and vaccines in response to pandemics, so as to inform responses that are appropriate across different contexts with varied levels of resourcing.
- Generate and articulate academic works appropriate to master level students;
- Critical and creative thinking;
- Ability to make connections between theoretical concepts and practice;
- Be able to examine issues related to pandemic from multiple disciplinary perspectives.
Last updated: 7 December 2023