Currently there is major concern regarding Australia’s ability to respond nationally to unexpected disasters such as the outbreak of infectious disease.
More than 70 percent of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic agents- those which start in animals and then manifest in humans. Hendra virus, SARS and avian (bird) flu are a few examples of zoonotic diseases that pose increasing threats to Australia’s environment, industries and trade.
The City of Greater Geelong, Barwon Health, CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) and Deakin University have established GCEID.
The Centre brings together a unique combination of strengths to identify, monitor and develop treatments for new infectious diseases as they move between wildlife, livestock and human populations.
GCEID will benefit the community by:
- Attracting investment into new and emerging fields of research and development
- Strengthening educational links across multidiscipline sectors
- Creating opportunities for high end employment
- Increasing potential for local ‘supply chain’ industry and business development
- Elevation of the profile of Geelong and the region – the centre will be a cooperative entity that works with agencies and groups with related expertise throughout Australia and internationally.
For more details please visit the BioGeelong website.