The ‘One Health’ approach, as a concept for managing the risks from infectious disease, gained wide acceptance in the United States, the European Community, and the World Health Organization (WHO). In managing these risks there are three clear activity areas – undertaking research, developing and defining policy and operationalizing activities on the ground. For all three a One Health approach is needed but the partnerships will be different. Furthermore, the linkages and overlap between these three will also require multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral collaboration and partnership in a One Health spirit. Research will inform and guide policy, and policy will dictate and shape operational activities. Crucially, individual, institutes and organizations may well be involved at all three levels albeit with different roles and responsibilities. One health does demand doing things differently but equally will maximise the use of available resources in the health sector.
Importantly, for the most part EIDs are transboundary by nature and thus research solutions are likely to be applicable equally in Victoria, in Australia and indeed across the region. Prioritisation of which diseases to address may well provide a local flavour to the research agenda but with an appreciation that outcomes will be of value more broadly.
Prof. Martyn Jeggo about One Health at GRForum – click here to play video: