Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsWelcome to week two of the course. Week one, we looked at how infectious diseases spread and the mechanisms of that. But in this week, what we'll be looking at is outbreaks, their challenges, and how we can deal with them personally. In this week, we map out the challenges we have faced historically-- for example, from the Black Death-- to those that are contemporary, such as golden staph, and futuristic ones, like a new strain of influenza. If we identify and understand the specific issues, we are in a better position to also identify strategies to combat them.

Skip to 0 minutes and 41 secondsWe introduce you to the One Health approach, showing you how the health of humans is intricately connected to the health of animals, as well as that of the environment. Week two gets very personal for you, because you get to reflect on the part you have to play in all of this. You would be surprised how, by making a few simple behavioural changes, we can combat infectious diseases. We have an interesting conversation with Dr. Deborah Macbeth, Assistant Director of Nursing, Infection, Prevention, and Control Department, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Services, about what our individual roles are as global citizens. We hope that after this week, you will truly be able to say that you are pandemic ready.

Welcome to Week 2

Welcome to Week 2. Here is Peta-Anne again giving you an outline of the week ahead.

This week we explore outbreak challenges, in particular:

  • The challenges posed by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Healthcare associated infections

We also consider outbreak responses, in particular:

  • Breaking the chain of infection
  • Containment and prevention strategies
  • The part you can play in pandemic prevention and preparedness.

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Plagues, Pestilence and Pandemics: Are You Ready?

Griffith University