The Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security commissioned a baseline report on regional health security earlier this year. Titled State of the Region 2019: Health Security in the Indo-Pacific, the report provides an overview of the current state of infectious disease threats in the region and the capacity of countries to avoid, detect and respond to these threats.
Following the launch of the report at the Global Health Security 2019 conference in Sydney, lead author and Senior Epidemiology Consultant at Ausvet, Melanie Bannister-Tyrrell, delivered a Canberra Briefing on 16 August. Melanie outlined the report's approach to characterising health security threats and discussed health systems strengthening priorities from a One Health perspective.
The report provides an evidence base and reference for countries in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as partner countries and organisations taking action to strengthen health security regionally and globally. It is intended to inform the development of policies and programs, support cross-sectoral communication on health security, and maintain momentum for regional action to avoid and contain health security threats. Watch the Canberra Briefing below.