On 10 June 2020 the ECPs held their first roundatble as part of the newly launched ECP Post COVID-19 Restart Strategy.
The impacts of COVID-19 are being felt across our society, in our medical system, businesses, social organisations, our economy, as well as the mental health and wellbeing of individuals. In this context RMIT with its partners will assemble cross disciplinary teams to analyse the critical issues in order both to influence the societal debate and to develop focused research-based interventions. These activities will look at five focal areas. For each “Start”, roundtables with industrial partners will initiate cross-disciplinary analysis of the critical issues involved. This will lead to a Briefing and a White paper to contribute to the societal debate and to define critical areas in RMIT and its partners to contribute.
To support our cross disciplinary analysis and planning in each start it is critical that our communities have an accurate, uniform and nuanced understanding of the range of scenarios that may unfold as our society begins to re-open after the COVID-19 closure. This roundtable provided that through presentations from leading players and experts in the field, which were followed by a moderated conversation.
The panellists and topics of discussion were:
- Prof Katie Flanagan - Head of Infectious Diseases Service, Launceston General Hospital. She talked about Health Scenarios. What are the different projections for the spread of virus and what do these require as a health response.
- Ms Emma King – Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS). She discussed Social scenarios. What are the projected virus scenarios likely to this mean for the disadvantaged and the institutions that support them and for our society as a whole.
- Ms Jane Cohen – Partner, Global Strategy Group, KPMG. She discussed Business scenarios. The impact of COVID-19 and impact to retail ranging from job changes, restructure of the sector and changes in use of shopping centres.
- Dr Amanda Caples – Victoria’s Lead Scientist, Victoria State Government. She discussed how the Medical scenarios may affect the government response and what her office view as the critical areas in Victorian business and society.
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