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Panel Discussion: Coordination in outbreak responses

Speakers Dr Jonathan Quick , Mr Peter Versegi, Ms Sharon Appleyard, Mr Blair Exell , Lisa Sharland and Dr Allison Crook

ASPI warmly invites you to attend a panel discussion on whole-of-government coordination of outbreak prevention and response. This panel will discuss what’s at stake, with a focus on the risks facing the Indo-Pacific region, and Australia’s regional and global roles in bringing The End of Epidemics. 

Threats like ebola, SARS, bird flu and others have cost millions of lives and wiped billions from the global economy. Australia’s step-up in our region includes the establishment of the Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific. Health security, for Australia, means the avoidance and containment of infectious disease threats with the potential to cause massive social and economic damage to ourselves and our neighbours.

Dr Jonathan Quick currently serves as chair of the Global Health Council and is the author of The End of Epidemics: The Looming Threat to Humanity and How to Stop It. Currently speaking around Australia, from Brisbane to Melbourne, Dr Quick offers new perspectives from firsthand accounts of successes and failures in containing these diseases.

Other panel members include: 

  • Ms Sharon Appleyard, First Assistant Secretary Office of Health Protection, Department of Health
  • Mr Blair Exell, seconded to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as First Assistant Secretary of Education, Community Safety and Health division
  • Dr Allison Crook, QLD Chief Veterinary Officer

A drinks and canapes reception will conclude the event.

The event is generously sponsored by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Securitylocated in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which brings together expertise from relevant Australian government agencies to implement Australia’s Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific region. 

Speakers

Dr Jonathan Quick

Dr Jonathan Quick currently serves as chair of the Global Health Council and is the author of 'The End of Epidemics: The Looming Threat to Humanity and How to Stop It'.

Mr Peter Versegi

Mr Peter Versegi was appointed to the role of Ambassador for Regional Health Security in May 2018.

Ms Sharon Appleyard

Sharon Appleyard is the First Assistant Secretary for the Office of Health Protection (OHP) in the Department of Health.

Mr Blair Exell

Mr Blair Exell is the former Ambassador for Regional Health Security and served as co-chair of the Interdepartmental Task Force for the 2014 West Africa Ebola response.

Lisa Sharland

Lisa Sharland is Head of the International Program at ASPI with research interests in the United Nations and multilateralism, peacekeeping reform, Australia’s engagement in UN peacekeeping, African

Dr Allison Crook

Dr Allison Crook is the General Manager Animal Biosecurity and Welfare and Chief Veterinary Officer at Queensland Government.