ACIPC, ASID & ASA support the call to establish a national CDC and offer knowledge and expertise to advise. Australia needs one central place where resources are concentrated, and where experts are employed to coordinate both surveillance and action. A national co-ordinating centre would work with the Commonwealth and state/territory health departments to support surveillance and response for all infectious diseases, including COVID-19 and influenza. It would also train the public health and clinical workforce and identify gaps in our knowledge that require research.

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