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Annual Report - Achievements & Challenges
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Major Achievements

  • Established the Office of Health Protection to expand the Department’s capacity to respond to national and international health emergencies and threats such as pandemic influenza.
  • Further strengthened Australia’s preparedness for an influenza pandemic through release of the revised Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza and the selection of the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory as the new host of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza.
  • Established the Royal Darwin Hospital as a National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, to be activated when required for major emergencies such as the Bali bombings.
  • Provided assistance with medical evacuations and national health resources following civil unrest in East Timor in May 2006, and deployed medical teams to Java following the May 2006 earthquake.


  • Technical obstacles, as faced by manufacturers worldwide, have seen delays in the development of effective prototype pandemic vaccines.
  • Establishment of a laboratory register for the control of biologically hazardous materials deferred to align with the Council of Australian Governments Review of Hazardous Biological Materials, which is yet to be finalised.

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