August, the Perth USAsia Centre hosted an online public discussion with one of Australia and the world’s leading health policy and pandemic experts, Jane Halton AO PSM.
Jane, a member of the Australian Prime Minister’s National COVID-19 Coordination Commission, is also Chair of the global epidemic vaccine body the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). In late July, five of the world’s 15 COVID-19 clinical trial programs are CEPI-funded.
Well before the evolution of COVID-19 into a global pandemic, Jane has played a crucial role in Australia’s public health management and in the development of global health policies. Her distinguished civil service career includes senior health policy roles in Australia and abroad, including as Chair of the Board of the World Health Organisation, and Secretary of the Department of Health.
In 2017, the Perth USAsia Centre hosted Jane for a private discussion on health security challenges in the Indo-Pacific, where Jane highlighted
the health and economic risks of novel viruses and influenza pandemics.
In this public virtual discussion, Jane canvassed our current regional health challenges, and the lessons learned during the COVID-19 era.