Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne
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In the wake of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the world has woken up to the importance of biosecurity and the need to manage international borders. Yet strong sectorial identities exist within biosecurity that are associated with specific international standards, individual economic interests, specific research communities, and unique stakeholder involvement. Despite considerable research addressing human, animal, plant, and environmental health, the science connections between these sectors remain quite limited.
In an exclusive event hosted by the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA) Distinguished Professor Philip Hulme will discuss the One Biosecurity led initiatives that will drive a new science and policy agenda to deliver evidence-based governance of global biosecurity in his only public event in Australia as a Miegunyah Visiting Fellow to the University of Melbourne.
One Biosecurity aims to address these limitations at global, national, and local scales. It is an interdisciplinary approach to biosecurity policy and research that builds on the interconnections between human, animal, plant, and environmental health to effectively prevent and mitigate the impacts of invasive alien species. It provides an integrated perspective to address the many biosecurity risks that transcend the traditional boundaries of health, agriculture, and the environment. Individual invasive alien plant and animal species often have multiple impacts across sectors: as hosts of zoonotic parasites, vectors of pathogens, pests of agriculture or forestry, as well as threats to biodiversity and ecosystem function. It is time these risks were addressed in a systematic way.
Guests are invited to join the team from CEBRA for Professor Hulmes lecture followed by a social reception.
- Public Lecture: 6.00pm to 7.15pm, Agar Theatre, BioSciences 4 Building
- Reception: 7.15pm to 9.00pm University House
The Narrm Oration is the University’s key address profiling leading Indigenous peoples from across the world in order to enrich our ideas about possible futures for Indigenous Australia. The 2022 Narrm Oration will be delivered by Professor Eleanor Bourke AM, Chair of the Yoorrook Justice Commission and is titled:
Truth, Understanding, Transformation: laying the foundations for change.
Victoria is the first jurisdiction to have actioned the Treaty and Truth elements of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. In May 2021, the Yoorrook Justice Commission was established and Professor Eleanor Bourke appointed as its Chairperson.
In the 2022 Narrm Oration, Professor Eleanor Bourke will reflect upon Yoorrook’s broad mandate and the important role that truth and story-telling traditions play in keeping alive First Peoples culture. As we embark upon a national conversation around the enshrinement of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, Professor Eleanor Bourke will discuss the significance of truth telling in the context of reform and reconciliation.