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Infectious diseases

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Communicable diseases prevention
Contagion and contagious diseases
Contagious diseases
Infectious disease management
Microbial diseases in human beings
Notifiable disease management
Zymotic diseases


Briefing paper

Working with COVID: insecure jobs, sick pay, and public health

According to this research, almost one in five Australians (and a higher proportion of young workers) acknowledge working with potential COVID symptoms over the course of the pandemic. The research also confirms the public health dangers of Australia’s existing patchwork system of sick leave and...
Report

Select Committee on COVID-19: final report

A key recommendation from this inquiry is for the Australian government report to the Parliament at least once every two years, commencing in 2024, on the state of Australian pandemic preparedness, including all relevant planning, policy and simulation activities undertaken by government agencies during the...
Discussion paper

The impact of and responses to the Omicron wave of the COVID-19 pandemic for people with disability: issues paper

This issues paper is asking the public to share their views on the impact of, and responses to, the Omicron wave of the COVID-19 pandemic for people with disability. The paper asks 14 questions to help people and organisations to provide responses.
Report

Powers of detention in Victorian pandemic legislation

This research highlights how the powers of detention in the Victorian government’s pandemic management legislation could be struck down for being incompatible with the Australian Constitution.
Report

NSW Government’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic: report

This inquiry was a first for the New South Wales Legislative Council, ensuring that parliamentary scrutiny of the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic continued at various times in 2020, 2021 and 2022 when the Legislative Council itself was either unable or not scheduled to...
Report

Human biosecurity for international air travellers during COVID-19

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the management of human biosecurity for international air travellers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Report

Who wants to get boosted? COVID-19 vaccine uptake in Australia in January 2022

In October 2021, the Australian government commenced the rollout of COVID-19 booster vaccines, making them available to adults who had previously received two primary doses. Despite the wide availability of booster vaccines to eligible adults, take-up has remained relatively low. This paper highlights that in...
Report

Health security in the Pacific: expert perspectives to guide health system strengthening

This report seeks to identify and prioritise health system strengthening initiatives that prevent impacts of health security threats and strengthen the ability to respond to these threats in the Pacific region.
Report

Vaccine related fraud and security risks: final report

This inquiry was established to to identify and address any vulnerabilities that had or potentially could emerge, in relation to vaccine and vaccine related fraud and security, and provide the Australian public with confidence in the integrity of the COVID-19 vaccination program.
Report

Money calls the shots: pharma's response to the COVID-19 vaccines crisis

This report argues that, despite receiving billions in public funding, a number of pharmaceutical companies are continuing to put their own business interests before their human rights responsibilities by creating barriers to fair access to their COVID-19 vaccines through their decisions not to share intellectual...
Report

Really proper dangerous one: Aboriginal responses to the first wave of COVID-19 in the Kimberley

Undertaken between September 2020 and January 2022, this research project sought to document the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions and other government measures on Aboriginal people in the Kimberley, and how Aboriginal communities and organisations responded to these measures.
Report

The COVID-19 vaccination programme: trials, tribulations and successes

The COVID-19 vaccination programme has been one of the few almost unqualified successes of the UK’s response to the pandemic. Based on interviews with a wide range of people involved in the programme, this report sets out what the roll-out in England has achieved, as...
Report

Select Committee on COVID-19: third interim report - public interest immunity claims

This interim report informs the Senate about claims of public interest immunity received by the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19 in the course of its examination of the Australian government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report discusses three claims received by the committee by...
Report

Strengthening our health communication systems: pandemic lessons for Melbourne’s west

Effective health communication during the pandemic has been particularly challenging for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who live in Melbourne’s west. This review draws upon literature from COVID-19 and other pandemic or emergency responses.
Report

Management of international travel restrictions during COVID-19

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Australian government's management of international travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Report

Investigation into decision-making under the Victorian Border Crossing Permit Directions

This investigation focused on the Victorian Department of Health’s decision-making processes and use of discretion under the Victorian Border Crossing Permit Directions. It was relevant to consider the timeline leading to the designation of NSW and the ACT as an ‘extreme risk zone’ and more...
Report

National review of quarantine

This review report finds that Australia has had remarkable success in managing COVID-19. Our island nation status, early decisions to manage arrivals, and prompt and effective action by public health officials, together with widespread public cooperation, have been key to this success.
Report

Funding rare disease therapies in Australia: 2021 progress update

For the 2 million Australians living with rare diseases, access to medicines can be inadequate. This report reassesses 2014 research by the McKell Institute, assessing the state of rare disease therapies in Australia.
Journal article

NSW Health COVID-19 Emergency Response Priority Research program: a case study of rapid translation of research into health decision making

The NSW Health COVID-19 Research Program was established in April 2020 to contribute to minimising the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in New South Wales (NSW). This paper describes the establishment and implementation of one element of the program, which is...
Report

The use of QR codes to identify COVID-19 contacts and the role of data trust and data privacy

The aim of this paper is to provide an update on attitudes of the general public to data privacy during the COVID-19 period, as well as the factors associated with the use of QR codes and other government apps/web-sites for contact tracing purposes.