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A Hypothetical Pandemic


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A highly infectious disease that started in the tropics of Southern China is sweeping the globe, with a rapidly rising death toll. The World Health Organisation warned us about Disease X – a previously unknown pathogen – and now it’s here. We knew it was coming, but we didn’t know what form it would take. So, how does Australia protect itself? And how well placed are we to cope with a true pandemic?

At the third event in our This Is Not a Drill series, Ali Moore and our expert panellists will confront a hypothetical public health emergency. Join Moore’s crack team as they devise a plan to protect the population and stem panic in the face of a pandemic.

This event is presented in partnership with Asialink, the University of Melbourne.


Ali Moore

Ali Moore has more than 25 years experience as a journalist and broadcaster, working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia’s Nine Network, and for the BBC’s global news network, based in Singapore. She has covered major news and current affairs events across the region... Read more

Malik Peiris

Malik Peiris is Professor and Chair in Virology at the School of Public Health, the University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on the virology, ecology, pathogenesis and epidemiology of influenza, coronaviruses and other emerging respiratory viral infections. He has a particular interest in emer... Read more

Kanta Subbarao

Professor Kanta Subbarao is a virologist and a physician and was appointed Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in 2016. Prior to her arrival in Melbourne, she was Chief of the Emerging Respiratory Viruses Section of the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, ... Read more

Russell Basser

Dr Russell Basser has been the Senior Vice President of Research and Development since the formation of Seqirus in 2015. Seqirus is one of the largest influenza vaccine companies in the world and a major partner in the prevention and control of influenza globally. Dr Basser led the clinical and re... Read more

Gary Lum

Dr Gary Lum is a Principal Medical Advisor in the Office of Health Protection. From 1996 to 2007 Gary was the Director of Pathology at the Royal Darwin Hospital and the Supervising Pathologist for the Northern Territory. In October 2003 Gary was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the s... Read more

Rod Pearce

Dr Rod Pearce is a practicing grass roots GP and a policy adviser. He was President of the Australian Medical Association (SA) from 1998 to 2000, GP Nationally Elected Representative on the Federal AMA and Chair of the AMA Council of General Practice for 3 terms from 2004 to 2010. In 2008 he was ap... Read more

Sharon Lewin

Leading infectious diseases expert, Professor Sharon Lewin, is the inaugural Director of the Doherty Institute, as well as a Professor of Medicine at The University of Melbourne and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellow. Professor Lewin is also the Chief Investi... Read more


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