Throwback to 2020, Australia confirmed its first confirmed case and followed by the first related death two months later. Under the sudden strike of pandemic, Commonwealth Government was primarily focused on avoiding viruses acquired abroad and arranging hotel quarantine. With the surging numbers of confirmed cases, the policy further tightened to state and territory border closures. This elimination phase lasted for more than a year until the coming up of COVID vaccine. Australia slowly moved into suppression phase which eased the internal and border restriction. At 1000 days after the first case, the nation came to a new normal stage – living with virus, followed by lifting up most of the social measures and legal restrictions.
In this seminar, Dr. Josette Chor will bring the audience to go through the journey from elimination to living with virus in Australia and discuss how the policies are implemented and the impact of the policies at local community level.
19 April, 2023 (Wednesday)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (HK Time, GMT+8)
Dr Josette Chor Director of Public Health, Wide Bay Public Health Unit, Queensland, Australia
Prof Samuel Wong Director, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, CUHK
The webinar is approved for CME Accreditation (non-specialist and specialist).
About the Speaker:
Dr Josette Chor is a Public health physician and has extensive experience in various Public Health settings as in Government, Universities, Non-Governmental Organisations and private. She is the Director of Public Health at the Wide Bay Public Health Unit, Queensland Health since 2022. She joined the unit after serving as a Public Health Physician at Sunshine Coast and at Metro South Hospital Health Services in Queensland during COVID-19 pandemic. Before that she has been working as senior epidemiologist in Northern Territory Government and teaching communicable disease control in the University of Canberra, Australia.
Back in Hong Kong, Dr Chor worked in the Centre for Health Protection and as Assistant Professor of JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has expertise in both Public health practice and as research academics in communicable disease control.
About the Moderator:
Professor Samuel Wong is the Director of the School of Public Health and Primary Care and Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a Family Medicine Specialist and is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in both Family Medicine and Community Medicine. His research interests include evaluation of primary care services and mental health interventions
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