Ausvet senior consultant Melanie Bannister-Tyrrell launched a landmark report on the state of health security in the Indo-Pacific region at the Global Health Security conference in Sydney this week. Health security is about avoiding and containing infectious disease threats that have potential to cause social and economic harm at national, regional and global scale. A One Health approach is essential for health security, as most emerging infectious diseases, including Ebola, SARS and avian influenza, originate in animals. The report assesses baseline health security risks, regional capacity to address health security risks, and identifies opportunities for strengthening health security in 22 countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. It was a collaborative effort which involved several members of the Ausvet team, as well as external consultants and advisors. The entire project was completed in less than 3 months! The report was commissioned by the Australian Government Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security and is available online.

L to R: State of the Region 2019 co-authors Meru Sheel and Kerri Viney (Australian National University), lead author and Ausvet senior consultant Melanie Bannister-Tyrrell, Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Deputy Secretary Clare Walsh, co-author and Ausvet senior consultant Jonathan Happold, and Australian Ambassador for Regional Health Security Peter Versegi.

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