School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Current Social Research Projects

Pandemic influenza: people, policy, science

This Australian Research Council Discovery Project examines how Australia responded to H1N1 2009 (Swine flu) and similar outbreaks, so that we can better prepare for future pandemics. Using in-depth interviews with everyday Australians and policy-makers, document analysis, and policy research workshops, the Project will investigate the conditions of everyday life that influence how Australians think, feel and act with regard to pandemic influenza. It will also focus on the related challenges of: the prevention and treatment of influenza; the gaps between policy and everyday life; and the political ramifications of pandemic infectious diseases. This Discovery Project will supply rich and unprecedented data for the advancement of pandemic control in Australia. The research will be conducted in Melbourne and Sydney.

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