Without an effective vaccine or preventative drug treatment for COVID-19, isolation, quarantine and physical distancing are the crucial tools we can use to reduce the impact of the virus. These interventions rely on the support and engagement of communities to ensure this response strategy is successful.
The highly innovative Australian-led Optimise Study will provide real-time epidemiological information and modelled predictions on the impact of isolation, quarantine and physical distancing measures. This information will help inform national policy and response strategies, in alignment with community needs, to restore economic activity whilst keeping new infections of COVID-19 at a low level.
The study is working with people from a wide range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds (healthcare and aged care workers, regional, metro, CALD community). It will engage with government, community organisations, advocates, and leaders to ensure strategies and interventions are informed by the diverse needs of our society.
Burnet Institute Deputy Director, Professor Margaret Hellard AM and the presenters will discuss how the multidisciplinary Optimise team will engage with government, community organisations, advocates, and leaders to ensure strategies and interventions are informed by the diverse needs of our society.
Our speakers have extensive expertise in public health and mathematical modelling, working across some of the most significant infectious diseases threats before the COVID-19 pandemic shifted their focus.
The presentations will be followed by an opportunity for audience Q&A to the panel.
Professor Margaret Hellard AM, Deputy Director, Burnet Institute
Dr Nick Scott, Econometrician, Burnet Institute
Dr Rachel Sacks-Davis, Research Officer, Modelling and Biostatistics Group, Burnet Institute
Dr Alisa Pedrana, Senior Research Fellow, Disease Elimination Program, Burnet Institute