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.
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