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Using mathematical models to generate evidence to support Australia’s COVID-19 responses and prepare for future pandemics

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that effective public health responses save lives and reduce socio-economic damage. Modelling has played a critical role in public health decision-making by quantifying the risks and benefits of different policy responses. Burnet Health Modeller Dominic Delport's PhD will utilise mathematical modelling to generate evidence to support public health decision-making during outbreaks and prepare for future pandemics.

This project builds on lessons from analysis of previous COVID-19 outbreaks in Australia, develops methods for performing and effectively translating disease outbreak modelling for global stakeholders, and produces evidence which can inform future pandemic responses.


This project involves a mix of methodological and analytical modelling studies focused on disease outbreak response, for both known and novel pathogens.

The studies performed during Dominic's PhD will contribute to the evidence base for better informed outbreak response strategies. Work with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance will help inform the benefits of past and future investment in vaccine stockpiles for outbreak response in low-and-middle-income countries.

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  • Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance