We live in uncertain times, a time of fast change and rapid internationalisation. Uncertain times in which we are very cognisant to the possibility of a terrorist attack, a cyber-cataclysm, or a natural disaster. However, just as devastating and just as capable of visiting destruction on entire communities in a matter of hours is an outbreak of infectious disease that rapidly crosses international borders.

Zoonotic diseases are very common around the world. Diseases, known better by names like Ebola, Swineflu, Rabies, Tuberculosis and Zika.  Scientists estimate that more than six out of every 10 known infectious diseases in people are spread from animals, and three out of every four new or emerging infectious diseases in people are spread from animals**.

‘One Health' is an approach to designing and implementing programmes, policies, legislation and research in which multiple sectors communicate and work together to achieve better public health outcomes. The areas of work in which a One Health approach is particularly relevant include food safety, the control of zoonoses, and combatting antibiotic resistance.

UQ researchers are leading the way in the global effort to improve prevention, prediction and design response strategies. The diversified investigative approach of UQ seeks to protect communities from the next Pandemic disease – arguably one of the greatest threats to global stability and security.

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