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Other communicable disease surveillance
Responses to possible bioterrorismPublic health authorities in Australia and overseas have developed contingency plans to deal with any threats, however unlikely, from chemical, biological, and radiological agents.
Australia has developed its own chemical, biological, and radiological plans through Emergency Management Australia, working in partnership with health agencies and other arms of government.
Australia has had counter-terrorism plans in place for a number of years, and the health system's level of preparedness was increased in preparation for the Sydney Olympics, and again following the events of 11 September 2001 and the cases of anthrax associated with contaminated mail in the USA, and the more recent bombings in Bali. Further details of the anthrax cases in the USA are provided in the zoonoses section of this report.
Preparations by the Department of Health and Ageing include:
- training within health departments and with other agencies;
- adoption of medical treatment protocols suitable for a civilian population;
- stockpiling of appropriate pharmaceutical supplies;
- increasing diagnostic and health surveillance capability;
- improved coordination and advisory arrangements; and
- access to international advice to alert Australian authorities to overseas developments.
This article was published in Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 27, No 1, March 2003.
CDI Vol 27, No 1, March 2003
NNDSS 2001 Annual Report
- Table of contents
- Lists - Tables, Figures, Maps
- Population by statistical division
- 2001: The year in review
- Introduction, Methods, Notes
- Results - Summary, Table 2 and 3
- Results - Table 4a and 4b
- Other surveillance