Preparedness

Every infectious disease emergency presents a new set of research questions for Australia.

We cannot know everything before an infectious disease emergency but we must prepare multiple capabilities and tools in advance. Preparing for emergencies ensures the best possible outcomes for the health of Australians.

Preparedness projects will include:

  • protocols and ethics approvals to fast-track clinical trials of new treatments and/or vaccines
  • protocols and ethics approvals to fast-track new diagnostic tests
  • laboratory training and coordination to collect and store appropriate samples from individuals at risk of, or infected, with a new organism
  • networks to accelerate coordination and data sharing with other researchers, clinicians, government and global partners
  • a research workforce with the skills to provide information needed for an effective emergency response to infectious diseases.