PEI Symposium Structures of survival: Managing emerging infectious diseases in the twenty first century

Ebola Virus

The outbreak of Ebolavirus disease, which spread widely across three West African nations in 2014, and the delay and subsequent difficulty controlling it, offered a sobering preview of the potential impacts of other emerging or drug resistant infectious diseases in the twenty first century. This symposium will examine how socioeconomic, cultural and political systems contribute to the emergence, transmission and control of infectious diseases. Instead of focusing on pathogens and infection control measures, this symposium will explore the contexts that contribute to infectious disease outbreaks and to surviving them.

This event will be of interest to colleagues and students, health policymakers, government officials, public health practitioners, clinicians and other interested people.


  • Date: Thursday, 10 December 2015
  • Time: 1.30pm - 7.00pm
  • Venue: New Law School, Main Campus. View map




  • Welcome  |  Claire Hooker

The control of infections in hospitals

  • Novel methods for engaging doctors in infection control  |  Lyn Gilbert
  • Engaging hospital staff in making sense of infection control amidst messy realities |  Suyin Hor
  • How do we engage patients in the challenges of hospital infection control?  |  Mary Wyer
  • Thinking beyond hand hygiene: collective approaches to infection control  |  Claire Hooker
3.15-3.30 Coffee


The structures we need to survive

  • Hospital infection control and Australia’s readiness for Ebola and other NEIDs   |  Lyn Gilbert
  • Country level responses to infectious disease outbreaks: lessons from Ebola for our region  |  Joel Negin
  • Two Regimes: Moral Discourses of Humanitarianism in War, Disaster and Public Health Crises  |  Darryl Stellmach
  • Structures for managing Global Health Security  |  Adam Kamradt-Scott

Sydney Ideas event

  • Making good decisions for West Africa  |  Angus Dawson
  • Ebola and health policy |  Catherine Womack
  • Panel discussion with Angus Dawson chaired by Lyn Glibert and Chris Degeling


Registration is free, but all attendees must register online by 4 December 2015.