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Australia needs a national centre for disease control

Julia M L Brotherton, John Kaldor and Marion Saville
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (10): 623-624.
Published online: 15 November 2010

To the Editor: As public health professionals, we strongly support Givney’s call for the creation of an Australian national authority for disease prevention and control.1 This proposal is by no means a new one,2 but its relevance has, if anything, increased with time. Such an authority would structure and coordinate responses to emerging disease threats, as well as ensure that Australia has the national public health infrastructure required to coordinate the increasingly complex strategies needed for disease surveillance more generally. Human papillomavirus (HPV) surveillance is a recent case in point.

  • Julia M L Brotherton1
  • John Kaldor2
  • Marion Saville1

  • 1 Victorian Cytology Service, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.

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Competing interests:

Julia Brotherton conducts HPV research funded by CSL and GlaxoSmithKline.

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