In three years, Australia went from total ignorance, fear, and confusion surrounding Covid-19, to a place where Covid-19, is a routine respiratory infection, like influenza. This did not happen by accident. It required innovation across multiple domains including science, epidemiology, clinal research, public health management, public communication, hospital leadership, new diagnostics, public education, and more.
How was this achieved? What were the trade-offs? How did the key decision-makers manage the ambiguity, the trade-offs, and the competing agendas?
Engage in an enlightening discussion with Melbourne Laureate Professor Sharon Lewin AO, a leading infectious disease expert and Director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, as she takes us through Australia’s transformational journey in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a conversation with Associate Professor Cebon, leader of the Innovation Practice Program at The University of Melbourne, and the audience, Professor Lewin will discuss key moments and pivotal decisions that steered Australia from chaos to order, analysing how we can learn from our collective successes and challenges.
After the conversation, teams of students and partner employees from the Innovation Practice Program’s O-Lab will demonstrate the innovation prototypes they have built (outside the theatre).
Watch a livestream of this event at 4pm via this link.