In November 2017 Australia’s health security was thoroughly tested by visiting experts from Finland, Canada, China, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and the United States.
It was Australia’s turn to voluntarily engage with a Joint External Evaluation (JEE) of compliance with World Health Organization International Health Regulations 2005. Visiting officials explored a series of sites across Melbourne, including the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine), as part of the final step in a year-long assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of Australia’s ability to detect, prevent and respond to public health risks.
The Australian Government Department of Health partnered with Biotext to write a self-assessment report about its health security arrangements, one of the JEE requirements. We wrote and edited the 250-page report, condensing diverse information about Australia’s health security and biosecurity into a logical and engaging structure.